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Harold McGee on aging canned goods

Postby Mike Filigenzi » Mon Mar 04, 2013 4:18 pm

Apparently, they're just starting to get going at the "use by" date.

Not sure about the "canned whole sheep" thing, though......

Article is here, on Slate.

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Re: Harold McGee on aging canned goods

Postby Jenise » Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:43 pm

Very interesting!

And as one who doesn't give a fig about expiry dates, I feel validated. That is, I don't use much canned food, and when I do, if I open the can and find what I expect to find, then I use the product. If not, out it goes. The only thing I can remember tossing in recent years is some Muir Glen tomatoes. They'd turned darker, and the flavor was changed from what you'd expect of a canned tomato. They had been part of the same big sale purchase (50% off from a store that had discontinued the brand) several years earlier, and cans opened early on were fine so I presumed that the last cans simply aged out of range. The last cans were just three or four in number from the original 20 or so I bought, and all were similarly affected. Best I recall they were just at or past the expiry date even then, so I was a bit surprised that they had an issue. Maybe acidity hastens the effect? McGee did make one comment specific to 'low acid' canned items suggesting, without going into how/why, that acidity would be a consideration.
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Re: Harold McGee on aging canned goods

Postby Mike Bowlin » Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:49 pm

Since moving out of Equake territory I no longer stash canned products. My day to day pantry has enough dry goods stored to keep me going for some time. What canned products I purchase are used an replaced on a regular basis.

I would hazard a guess that storing or aging canned goods will be partially based on where you live and what 'normal' disaster preparedness you enact for you and your family.

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