Skip to comments.Canned Food Gone Bad
Posted on 03/31/2014 4:34:48 PM PDT by Kartographer
Now thats theory and it does apply but as we know sometimes things just dont work out as well. Today my wife was opening a can of chopped tomatoes and as soon as the can was pierced the contents burst out in all directions. While there was no swelling, pressure had clearly built up inside, a clear sign of decomposition. The food inside didnt smell awfully bad, but it didnt smell good either.
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The steamboat Bertrand was heavily laden with provisions when it set out on
the Missouri River in 1865, destined for the gold mining camps in Fort
Benton, Mont. The boat snagged and swamped under the weight, sinking to the
bottom of the river. It was found a century later, under 30 feet of silt a
little north of Omaha, Neb.
Among the canned food items retrieved from the Bertrand in 1968 were brandied
peaches, oysters, plum tomatoes, honey, and mixed vegetables. In 1974,
chemists at the National Food Processors Association (NFPA) analyzed the
products for bacterial contamination and nutrient value. Although the food
had lost its fresh smell and appearance, the NFPA chemists detected no
microbial growth and determined that the foods were as safe to eat as they
had been when canned more than 100 years earlier.
Thanks, Kart. I have a lot of canned goods in my supplies that are due for rotation/discarding.
I’ve also been looking in to dehydrating veggies/meats/fruits. You can store massive quantities in minimal space for MANY years, and lose no nutritional value.
Which version of Spam was it?
I have had so many cans of tomato products like tomato paste, or crushed tomatoes that spew when I open them, that I just started using them anyway, so far I haven’t gotten sick.
I had a jar of Kraft mayonnaise go bad on me a couple of days ago. It was just reaching it’s “use by” date. I first noticed it did not taste quite right so I smelled it and sure enough it was bad. The thing which makes me a bit concerned is that my refrigerator is very cold. I had used about two thirds of it.
I called their toll free number and they are sending me a coupon. Still it should not have happened.
stealing that for my book
And watch out for acidic foods. I’ve had sauerkraut eat its way out. Kind of smelly.
That’s what your stomach looks like after eating that.
That’s what your stomach looks like after eating that.
I agree. It’s an art getting this dehydrating thing down.
I did find this website that I’ve been obsessed with, lately. She shows how she dehydrates and demo’s recipes with her dehydrated goodies...
She uses an Excalibur dehydrator, I believe.
Most likely there was a bit of fermentation that went on and possibly over fill before sealing
So I just need to store my food at the bottom of the Missouri. River
I give up my coyrights to you! ;-)
Just the regular.
Um, that’s what happens AFTER you eat the soup. I like it on chopped spinach, no water added.
I started writing it in 2007...
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Similar story, of 115 year old meat from the 1845 expedition to the arctic, that was opened and fed to rats with no ill effects:
Oops, that was the 1824 expedition, not 1845.
Man, that is a problem.
I was convinced that Spam had an extremely long shelf life, like decades, and I have kept it for 5 6 7 years without even thinking about it, but I had a case of the low sodium swell on me recently (maybe 2012) well under the best use by date, and it has bothered me ever since.
Hormel paid me back, but I was hoping that it was a freak occurrence from a compromised batch, and possible related to being low sodium.
I have been trying not to mention it here although it really bugs me, and it contradicts advice that I have been giving people for at least 25 years, I do think that I brought it up here once but I’m annoyed enough that I have been tempted to harp on it.
I’ve been meaning to write them and see if I can get an honest answer from them, a large portion of preppers believe Spam to be one of the best ultra long term storage foods, and we need some answers from Hormel.
That is, if you like that type of stuff. People in the general vicinity of a fresh...er, newly opened can have reported hazardous material leaking.
Yeah, but who wants to be the first one to sample them ?
I agree we need some kind of resonse.
Many people are counting on Spam for meat/ protein to supplement their storage program .
With your guns?
Thanks for the link. I’ve got a new dehydrator, but haven’t used it yet.
I’m sure it was because of the mayo in the potato salad.
It was probably filled with botulism, so rub the contents into your wrinkles.
You’re welcome. Which dehydrator do you have? I have a small, round type, but I’d love to have the Excalibur.
I remember President Eisenhower got sick at some function from something he ate. This was back in the 50s. I am pretty sure it was potato salad.
I sure have been counting on Spam, one thing I still trust, is canned tuna, I’m still eating from my “best by 2003” stocks of that.
At training camp for officers before WWI, my Great Grandfather noticed that the canned foods looked familiar from his experience in the Spanish American War (and they hadn’t been new then), so he got some guys to load up a belt fed machine gun (Colt Potato Digger?) and proceed to the nearby wetlands where he proceeded to hose down about 500 ducks at dawn.
“According to a Japanese study, a newly opened can of surströmming has one of the most putrid food smells in the world, even more so than similarly fermented ...”
TR claimed his men got tainted canned army beef in Cuba. If they then kept it until 1917 then it really would have been bad.
Thanks to you , I started going through my mini-pantry.
Among many things ,I found a can of tomatoes dated 2/2001 that I was going to use for Chili
No bulges , no rust on the can , .. but why risk it due to the high acidity ? So out it goes .
I would store tuna , but mayonaise doesnt store well, especially un-refridgerated .
SausageMaker(tm) makes all stainless steel dehydrators. The only parts not ss are the electrical. I have owned one of theirs since 2006 and am very pleased.
Warning: do not drink beer and start snacking on dehydrated onions.
I think they just weren’t seal properly. I am sure it happens. I have a good number of cans much older, but they are all in good shape.
Nothing but the best for our troops.
I would have used those tomatoes without question.
good to know
Yep. At our house a big can of pineapple juice exploded inside a cabinet last year. What a mess!
No. Back before companies had to put dates on cans, I called Hellman's Mayonnaise company to ask about mayonnaise. They said the reason mayo went bad many years ago, was, companies used uncooked eggs. Today, all ingredients are pasteurized. Many people still believe mayo is a killer due to that history, but mayo is safe to be in potato salad and taken on a picnic or at a party or a church social - safe taken anywhere. Treat it as you would treat any fresh food.
My dog's ball stays nice an inflated here. When we visit the folks in Idaho, the ball tends to go a bit flat. The first time it happened, I thought she'd finally punctured it, but we brought it back home and it firmed back up.