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    Default Consensus on expiration dates?

    Growing up in a household with two parents who lived through the Great Depression I’ve alway tried to have a store of food in case and emergency situation arises. Some canned food like soups, fruit, chili etc..... comes with an expiration date. I often find myself using up the stored food as I near the expiration date and have thrown some away in the past.

    What do you all think? How long past the expiration date is canned soup, fruit, chili etc..... good for? Are expiration dates a marketing ploy to get people to throw out perfectly good food? Does the food last months or years beyond the expiration date?

    I have a couple of cans that expired in 2015 in my basement. Are they still good? I will open them later this month to check them out but probably won’t eat them.

    What say you? What are your experiences with canned food past the expiration date?
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    Default Re: Consensus on expiration dates?

    My wife is always throwing canned food out because of past expiration dates and I'm always taking them out of the trash opening them up and eating them with no issues. I ate a can of chunked chicken breast a few weeks back that was about 16 months past it's time. Tasted fine with some mayo, salt, pepper garlic and onion on whole wheat.

    I have a few cases of ramen noodles that just went out of date and while they are cheap enough to discard and replace I have and will probably just slowly work a couple into my weekly diet. Ate one the other day, added some soy sauce, green onion, and a squirt of sriracha and it was good.

    I look at expiration date on canned and vacuum seals foods as suggestions more then anything else.

    Quick Google search found this.

    https://www.foodnetwork.ca/kitchen-b...d-tomato-sauce

    The expiry date of canned foods usually indicates three years from when it's been shelved, but you can consume them past the date for up to four more years. Make sure to keep your canned goods in a cool, dry spot, and if there are any dents, rust or leaking, that's when it's time to ditch the goods.Jun 18, 2019
    Last edited by Hodgie; March 17th, 2020 at 12:20 AM.

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    Default Re: Consensus on expiration dates?

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    Default Re: Consensus on expiration dates?

    Those dates are a joke. People eat canned food that has been years old and it wasn't bad. IMO its a way to get house wives to go buy more food, and it works.
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    Default Re: Consensus on expiration dates?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daycrawler View Post
    Those dates are a joke. People eat canned food that has been years old and it wasn't bad. IMO its a way to get house wives to go buy more food, and it works.
    There's a few YouTube channels where guys eat MRE's from all over the world and some of them pre date WWII. I've only seen a handful of them but no one's ever gotten sick and most of the meals are liked.

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    A month or 2 back I had some kraft Mac and cheese that was a few years out of date. It was not edible. Grayish and musty. I didn’t get sick. I ate some before noticing.
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    Default Re: Consensus on expiration dates?

    We ate some home canned green beans that were processed in 2007 about two years ago, they were fine. "Sell by" and "Expiration" dates are totally different.

    My understanding is that expiration dates are the last date a company will "guarantee" the potency of a drug, after that date, the effectiveness may be degraded. The only two drugs I know of that are dangerous beyond the expiration date are aspirin and tetracycline, please read up on these two. Using an antibiotic or antibiotic topical ointment may not kill bacteria and lead to drug resistance, if the potency is degraded, just like not finishing an entire regimen of prescribed antibiotics.

    My nephew is a Navy Corpman(yes, I still call it that) and he told my brother, his dad, that they are studying the potency and efficacy of antibiotics stored properly beyond the "expiration" dates. When properly stored(cool,dry,dark), they have been very effective well beyond those dates.

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    Found a can of soup in the pantry, dated 2001.

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    Default Re: Consensus on expiration dates?

    in 1983 i was fed c rats made in the early 50's.
    they sucked. i am sure they sucked in the 50's also.

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