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zzohlman

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Shelf life of canned meat Tue, 10/24/06 9:41 AM (permalink)
In cleaning out a well stocked hunting cabin that I bought, I was tossing all the perishables left behind by the old guy who died. I came across a can of Hormel Corned beef. Sure seems like it would be OK even though it may be 10-15 years old. Would a freeze/thaw cycle affct the meat? Would it be usuable?
I also found a huge canned ham in a trunk, what is the shelf life of that?
 
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    Scorereader

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    RE: Shelf life of canned meat Tue, 10/24/06 10:26 AM (permalink)
    I was always under the impression that canned foods were meant to last through nuclear fallout. Which is also the reason I don't stock my cupboards with canned food anymore - because it tastes like food that should last through a nuclear fallout.
    I'm no expert, so perhaps you should take the advice from others, but I'd think it would be ok as long as the can isn't rusty and such.

     
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      PapaJoe8

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      RE: Shelf life of canned meat Tue, 10/24/06 12:52 PM (permalink)
      There is a long thread here somewhere about this. Maybe someone can find it? Shoot, now I forgot what all it said! I have some old stuff also. Maybe it's just aged now?
      Joe
       
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        Wendy62

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        RE: Shelf life of canned meat Tue, 10/24/06 12:57 PM (permalink)
        You're asking from purely scientific interest, aren't you? I mean you aren't actually interested in eating this stuff?
         
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          Ashphalt

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          RE: Shelf life of canned meat Tue, 10/24/06 1:00 PM (permalink)
          I don't recall Hormel releasing vintages...

          BTW, did this guy leave anything in the medicine cabinet?
           
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            PapaJoe8

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            RE: Shelf life of canned meat Tue, 10/24/06 1:15 PM (permalink)
            Ash, you reminded me about Wolf Brand Chili from the 50s. It had fatty chunks of meat that are no longer. I might try a can if I had one. It sure was good back then!

            Wendy, do you know something we don't?
            joe
             
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              zzohlman

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              RE: Shelf life of canned meat Tue, 10/24/06 1:25 PM (permalink)
              quote:
              Originally posted by Ashphalt

              I don't recall Hormel releasing vintages...

              BTW, did this guy leave anything in the medicine cabinet?


              The medicine cabinet is stocked to overflowing--I haven't got around to emptying it yet.
               
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                Wendy62

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                RE: Shelf life of canned meat Tue, 10/24/06 1:48 PM (permalink)
                quote:
                Originally posted by PapaJoe8

                Ash, you reminded me about Wolf Brand Chili from the 50s. It had fatty chunks of meat that are no longer. I might try a can if I had one. It sure was good back then!

                Wendy, do you know something we don't?
                joe


                What, me? I've just been reading too many references to the canned beef that made all the solders sick in the Spanish American War, probably.
                 
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                  PapaJoe8

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                  RE: Shelf life of canned meat Tue, 10/24/06 2:06 PM (permalink)
                  Interesting reading Windy! I think canned beef may have come a long way since that "embalmed" beef from the Spanish American War. Canned corned beef was used in later wars and worked well. There is a thread about corned beef here and someone mentioned it also made a good weapon. I would hate to get hit with a can!
                  Joe
                   
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                    Wendy62

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                    RE: Shelf life of canned meat Tue, 10/24/06 2:11 PM (permalink)
                    quote:
                    Originally posted by PapaJoe8

                    Interesting reading Windy! I think canned beef may have come a long way since that "embalmed" beef from the Spanish American War. Canned corned beef was used in later wars and worked well. There is a thread about corned beef here and someone mentioned it also made a good weapon. I would hate to get hit with a can!
                    Joe


                    I read a story once about some people, in the 1930's, I think, who opened a can of preserved beef that had been taken on a 19th century polar exploration. (I Googled for 10 minutes, trying to find a link to put here)

                    Canned beef has been improved, yes, and so have military rations. Eaten any MREs?
                     
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                      CajunKing

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                      RE: Shelf life of canned meat Tue, 10/24/06 2:18 PM (permalink)
                      yep

                      just had a spaghetti and meatball MRE today for lunch

                      They are 100 times better than they used to be.

                      The ham and egg breakfast one is not too bad either.

                      I love the little tabascao bottles in them, my problem is they don't put enough hot sauce in those little bottles.
                       
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                        PapaJoe8

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                        RE: Shelf life of canned meat Tue, 10/24/06 3:01 PM (permalink)
                        Well, I searched allot and could not find all that talk about old cans of stuff. It must be hidden in a thread about something else, shoot.
                        Joe
                         
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                          booboobirdie

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                          RE: Shelf life of canned meat Tue, 10/24/06 3:43 PM (permalink)
                          The house next to mine had been abandoned for decades, and the mere thought of going near it would scare the b'Jesus out of me. Well, a couple of years back a brave young guy bought the place (foreclosure)and began cleaning. He said that all of the canned goods were empty...sealed but empty, as if after enough time the stuff inside just evaporated. It doesn't sound possible, but he swears it's the truth.
                          I'm disappointed that I never had the guts to go near/in the place that whole time it was abandoned. Turns out the doors were not locked, and there was tens of thousands of dollars in cash, goods, and antique coins. Lots of old porn, too. I'm sure that's worth something to somebody, but I would have been happy with the cash.
                           
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                            PapaJoe8

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                            RE: Shelf life of canned meat Tue, 10/24/06 4:46 PM (permalink)
                            Intrastin story Boob! I found an old barn that was insulated by it's former resadent w/ old movie posters. I kept a few and sold the rest for 1k. Shoot, I think they were worth millions, all from the 50s, Elvis Love Me Tender, Godzilla, and on and on. A stack about 3 ft high.

                            I did some googling and some old cans of food were found on a sunken ship from over 100 years ago, still safe to eat. Keep at 75 F or lower and cans might last forever.

                            What say yall?
                            Joe
                             
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                              Poverty Pete

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                              RE: Shelf life of canned meat Tue, 10/24/06 5:57 PM (permalink)
                              In 1973, I recall eating rations that were dated 1943. They were every bit as good as I had expected.
                               
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                                ann peeples

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                                RE: Shelf life of canned meat Tue, 10/24/06 6:23 PM (permalink)
                                All I know is Twinkies can last for a million years-so why not canned meat?
                                 
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                                  V960

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                                  RE: Shelf life of canned meat Wed, 10/25/06 10:48 AM (permalink)
                                  Let's consider this...the bomb hasn't dropped, the world hasn't fallen into a Tom Clancy bio thing, and you probably have more than ten dollars in your wallet. Open the can and feed it to the wild things. I would take a long strool before that so the wild things don't think your cabin is the new feeding place.
                                   
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                                    Wendy62

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                                    RE: Shelf life of canned meat Wed, 10/25/06 1:39 PM (permalink)
                                    quote:
                                    Originally posted by cajunking

                                    yep

                                    just had a spaghetti and meatball MRE today for lunch

                                    They are 100 times better than they used to be.

                                    The ham and egg breakfast one is not too bad either.

                                    I love the little tabascao bottles in them, my problem is they don't put enough hot sauce in those little bottles.


                                    My stepdaughter sent us one of the kind with chili. I thought it all tasted pretty good, but no one but the kids dared try the lemonade mix. We kept the Tabasco bottle though, it was so cute.
                                     
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                                      fabulousoyster

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                                      RE: Shelf life of canned meat Wed, 10/25/06 3:04 PM (permalink)
                                      Throw it out.
                                      You know you are not going to eat it.
                                       
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