Shelf Life – How long are products good for on your shelf??

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Shelf life of products is a common question; especially among those who stockpile 🙂 While years ago canned goods had a much longer shelf life; due to today’s technology & packaging methods and the products themselves; those times have drastically decreased.

While many canned goods may appear okay long past the recommended expiry date; the vitamin content is no longer present in the food.

The best way to know if a “product” is safe or fit to eat is the traditional “sniff test” if it doesn’t smell like it’s okay to eat; chances are it’s not okay to eat 🙂

  • Commercially canned foods are good for two to five years from the date they were packed.
  • The acid content of the food itself will change the shelf life as well. A high acid food like tomato sauce will not keep as long as a can of beans, for example.
  •  You want to store them in a cool, dark, and above all dry place.
  • Keep the cans away from fluctuating temperatures which can easily break seals It is recommended that all canned food be stored in moderate temperatures (75° F and below).


When in doubt, toss it out 🙂

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