What canned foods have gone bad in storage?

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  1. Deltic

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    I had a can of sauerkraut past the best by date leak and every can it leak on rusted real badly. I opened a can of pickled beets and they had lost flavor and color. They were edible but not good. IIRC in both cases they were about 5 years past the best by date.
    What have you seen go bad and how old was it?
     
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    Canned vegetables significantly past their due date will lose color and flavor, become mushy, and lose nutritional value. If the can did not lose its seal and did not swell up, you may survive, but it's not doing much for you. You should have been rotating out your storage stocks.
     
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    Canned tomato products.
     
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    I had cans of Orange juice, and other "acid" juice cans "go bad" and rust through the can and make a mess before I noticed the problem.

    Nothing else and I have such as cases of, Stone Mountain Corn, Tyson Chicken, Beach Cliff Sardines, DAK Ham, and many others, 6 YEARS PAST the "use by date", and they are like new when opened.

    If the top of the can is swelled, I might open it to see the condition, but I'd not eat it.
     
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    I cleaned out a pile of canned goods from my grandmother's basement after she passed. No one had looked into what she was storing in years and she had not been able to go down stairs....

    Basically, EVERYTHING will go bad eventually.
    My rule of thumb is 1 year past expiration stored in climate controlled is good to go. After that, all bets are off.
     
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    Bought several multi-can packages of peaches in 2011 from Costco, Costco's brand. Tried a couple of cans, didn't like them much. This year I decided to eat them so I could replace them. EVERY can had leaked.
     
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    If I don't like something it can go to a food bank or the chickens.
     
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    Spam,
    Oh, wait! It was bad when it was still good. :dunno:
     
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    True. I've given food to families I thought were in need. But hunger is the best sauce.
     
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    Do food banks accept (and then distribute) products with expired best-before dates? (Or is that not okay?)
     
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    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    If it is expired they toss it. Legal reasons.
     
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    No they don't but the chickens can't read so it is not an issue.
     
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    Don't buy pop top cans.'08.
     
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    During some military training in the early eighties, we were given some canned food while we were in the boonies. We were told to look at each bite before we ate it. The instructor never said why, but we soon found out. One of the guys next to me opened his can, dipped his spoon in the can and came out with worms mixed in the food.

    They were alive. I never understood how. I watched the guy open the can with a P38 and had no reason to believe it wasn’t airtight.
     
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    VERY EXPIRED...not worth "maybe" getting the "runs".... trash it.
    I wouldn't even feed it to the pups
     
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    My stepmom just died. I filled up 2 of those big trash cans on wheels with canned goods that had expired. I tried a ritz cracker and some peanuts but they were terrible. So I threw everything thing away that had a expired date on it.
     
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    That is strange, canned food should be safe as long as there are no holes in the can. :headscratch:
     
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    Don't buy them for long term storage. They should be fine for a couple of years.