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Food Preservation Nothing looks better than a pantry full of home preserved foods. This is where we share information on preserving the harvest through canning, dehydrating, freezing, brining, sausage and cheese making, smoking and curing.

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Old 12-28-2011, 05:45 AM   #1
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Old 12-28-2011, 12:41 PM   #2
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Good article. I admit, I am pretty bad about heaving things at or close to the 'use by' date.

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Old 12-28-2011, 12:44 PM   #3
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Good until June, 1998? Sniff... smells fine to me. Looks like a good day to die, so what the heck... nomnomnom...
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Old 12-28-2011, 02:05 PM   #4
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I pulled a few cans out palm hearts out of the pantry recently that were nearing expiration that had swollen up to a point they seemed likely to explode

Put them carefully in bag and threw them in a metal burn barrel---and heard a very loud pop when they impacted.
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I don't give a cr@p what they say. If I bought something fresh and it has been frozen solid since, I am going to eat it.

Of course, it may have changed because of frost burn but nothing grows of food hard frozen.
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:14 AM   #6
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We ate some canned corn with the expiration date in 06 and it was fine. A lot of our preps are over date and unless the can is puffy we eat it.
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Old 12-29-2011, 02:40 PM   #7
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I had to dump a lot of canned vegetables close to the expiry date a couple of years ago. Normally, I would have given them to the local food bank, but I opened up a can, and it had gone bad.

Beware, canned vegetables and soup sealed with the pop top rings DO go bad.
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Beware, canned vegetables and soup sealed with the pop top rings DO go bad.
That's my experience as well. I didn't have any go bad on me, but name brand veggies with pop tops turn color and the taste changes before store brands that are in completely sealed cans. Condensed and evaporated milk may not even make it to the expiration date before the quality is affected. Also, be sure to inspect seals and seams on all cans before putting them on the shelf, and use any with even a slight dent ASAP.

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I bought some sell by date sandwiches on there last dday and left them in the fridge for a couple of days. I ate one of them and regretted it for 4 days afterwards never again.
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I had to dump a lot of canned vegetables close to the expiry date a couple of years ago. Normally, I would have given them to the local food bank, but I opened up a can, and it had gone bad.

Beware, canned vegetables and soup sealed with the pop top rings DO go bad.
I agree about the pull tab tops. I think it has to be a tptb conspiracy because they KNOW those pull tab tops just won't hold up for long term like the completely sealed cans will..... and ever notice how many more food items are showing up with those pull tabs?

But.........as to expiration dates......forget about it.

I just used for Christmas dinner............a box of those french fried onion rings that expired in 2009.

I'm not dead yet!!!! lol
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:43 AM   #11
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On the pull tops. Look under the lid, where it touches the metal on the can. My son did this, and there was a small ring of rust. No other rust was visible, and this was a new can I had bought the month before. I hate those cans.
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