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January 23, 2012 at 4:58 pm #601957
I have an eight pack of Progresso Clam Chowder and a 12 pack of Nalley’s original chili. The use by date is August 2010. We keep canned goods in an emergency food kit in the basement. With the recent bad weather I brought the kit upstairs. That’s when I realized the goods were beyond the “use by” date.
I hate to just throw them out, and I don’t want to assume the food bank can use these canned goods. Does anyone know of any place where they would be useful?January 23, 2012 at 5:25 pm #745750
We’ve read from numerous sources that canned goods are good beyond their stated pull dates. Nickelsville can always use just what you have. Chili is big down there.
The camp phone number is 206-450-5268.
The camp is at the corner of Highland Park Dr and West Marginal Way, west of the 1st Ave bridge.
We’ll be out and about this morning and will be heading that way soon, so if you can post something quick so we can get back to you, we could pick it up and deliver it for you.January 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm #745751
We also were cleaning our pantry and found very old canned goods, some of it several years old (older than elma’s). munchkin22, would Nickelsville really take food that’s 5 years past the pull date? I didn’t want to insult them by bringing “bad” food, but if they’ll actually chance using it, I haven’t disposed of it yet. I was going to dump the contents in compost and recycle the cans.January 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm #745752
Thank you for the response. I’ll call the number and find out where to deliver the canned goods. Happy to know they are still useful.January 23, 2012 at 8:25 pm #745753
I believe 5 years is a bit too old. I think they were saying 1-2 yrs. Anyone correct me if I’m wrong.
Composting would be a good option.January 23, 2012 at 9:39 pm #745754
Canned and Store-bought Packaged Goods
•Store in a dry, cool place (50 degrees to 70 degrees) like kitchen cabinets, and away from warm places, such as above a stove, range, or furnace.
•Do not store in a garage or crawl space due to extreme hot and cold temperatures that can speed deterioration and affect taste and appearance.
•Do not store foods under a sink where packaged foods can absorb moisture from the humidity. Canned goods will rust and cause products to leak and spoil. Boxed/dry foods can absorb moisture, resulting in caked and stale products.
•In general, canned vegetables, vegetable soups, meat, poultry, and fish can be stored from two years to five years. Canned fruits, tomatoes, tomato soup, and juices can be stored from 12 months to 18 months.January 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm #745755
Thanks for the feedback. I composted the embarassingly old cans last night and put aside about 8 cans that were still dated in 2011 that I can bring to NV, along with other stuff I found in the pantry that is more current but which I finally admitted I’m not going to eat. :)
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