Skip to comments.Buying Food at the Dented Can/Salvage Grocery Store (Vanity)
Posted on 03/31/2010 11:29:42 AM PDT by Dallas59
Has anyone shopped at a Salvage Grocery store? They sell dented canned goods, expired/best if sold by foods, slow/no sell foods. I've heard you can save a bunch. Is it safe to buy food from there? Just asking...thanks.
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There’s a store in Maine that sells food like that also. I used to shop there, never had a problem with anything I bought. In fact, I used to find food items there that weren’t carried in the local grocery stores.
My mother always told me to look at the dent. If there are ANY signs of rust on the dent or if the edge of the dent is sharp to the touch (like you would be afraid of cutting yourself), don’t buy it. Botulism can get in the can if even a microscopic opening is there, not to mention rust in the food if it’s rusty.
I buy dented canned goods, but you just have to inspect them carefully.
Depends on how bad the dents are and how long past the “sell by” date. Think botulism.
My mom loves the bent food store.
Normally yes, with the usual caveats. Be very careful not to purchase cans whose structural integrity has been compromised or that are swollen from internal pressure. “Sell-by” dates have factored in shelf time after purchase and so are pretty generous in most cases. I ate a five-year-old can of soup a couple of weeks ago while rotating my basement stash and it tasted just fine. YMMV.
A German chain called Aldi is expanding rapidly in USA.
Food prices WAY below those in other stores. Only house brands. Quality varies, but some is actually higher than some name brands.
Excellent way to save money.
Just a few rules (which a well-run store should know):
We will be looking to shop here if things get worse.
ALDI is great but just for clarity, they don’t sell the dented/outdated stuff.
No I haven’t but, nothing wrong with dented cans. The dates are a bit of a concern unless your going to eat it up pretty quickly. Just check the tops of the cans and make sure they aren’t bulging. Push the top of the lid with your finger, if it looks like it’s bulging or pushes down, it’s gotten air in it and it’s not good. If you miss seeing the bulge in a can and you open it up the food will usually spew out of the can, don’t eat it.
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Never heard of a problem from “dents”. If the cans are staged in the cardboard carton in which they were shipped, perhaps you would look at the interior of said carton to see if any leakage had occurred; to gauge how big a hit the carton took. I wouldn’t have any hesitation to buy a mildly dented can if I was looking for a deal.
Better than dented cans, however, I’ve been reading on some folks’ exploits using store coupons. It takes organization and organization time, to be sure. There are sites devoted to this; becoming aware of seasonal pricing patterns, buying in bulk and when it makes sense; exchanging coupons with folks in other parts of the country. This has evolved into a near-religion in some cases.
One fellow I’ve been discussing this with and who seems quite credible and well calculated claims he has gotten his monthly food bill for a family of four from $650 to $150. He believes his wife (who does the logistics) earns a tad over $20 an hour for her labor.
It should be safe enough. The pickings are sometimes slim.
They are also “scratch and dent” grocers.
The Grocery Clearance Center in Dallas is one, I think there is one called Town Talk or something in Fort Worth.
Several Aldi stores have opened in the DFW area, so why bother with the Scratch N Dent place?
I’ve got a refrigerator and cupboard full of outdated stuff......Maybe I should hold a “kitchen sale”........
At my upscale supermarket I always head first to the Green Heat Section. That’s all I can afford there, the meats the butchers deeply discount for quick sale. (Just don’t tell ‘em what I call this section.)
Gren Heat = Green Meat
Gren = Green
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