Is Your Expired Food Storage Safe to Eat?

So you buy all this food storage "just incase" it is needed in the future but what if it gets to the point where they are expired, then what? Is it all gone to waste or is it still ok to use it? We did some research for you and here are some of the things we found,

Over at Survival Blog they said; "While they may not be required, generally you will see manufacturers use one of three types of dates on products. None of these is an expiration date. The dates used are:

  • A “Sell-By” date, which simply tells the store how long to display the product for sale.
  • A “Best if Used-By” date is what the manufacturer recommends for best flavor or quality. It is not a purchase or safety date.
  • A “Use-By” date is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality. The manufacturer of the product determines the date.

Of course, manufacturers have an incentive for consumers to purchase more food, so the temptation is there for them to recommend short-term dates to encourage more frequent purchases.
As it turns out, the answer is that canned foods are safe a lot longer than you think. Numerous studies show that foods are viable long after they were canned, or after the “expiration” of stamped dates.
For instance, a fascinating study published in the Journal of Food Science reported on canned food that was analyzed from the Steamboat Bertrand, which sank over 100 years before, in 1865. The findings? National Food Processors Association (NFPA) chemists detected no microbial growth. Furthermore, they determined that the foods were as safe to eat as when they had been canned over 100 years earlier.
The chemists added that while significant amounts of vitamins C and A were lost, protein levels remained high, and all calcium values “were comparable to today’s products.”"
Survivopedia gives us 8 signs to look for before eating our canned foods. 
If your canned food looks cloudy or slimy or it smells “off”, don’t eat it. If the lid of your can is bulging up, it’s a pretty good sign that whatever is in it has gone bad. If you unseal your jar and see black, blue, gray, white or green mold on it, pitch it. Even if the food doesn’t show any signs of mold, the fungus or bacteria is most definitely in there. This food may smell funky, too. For more signs and to learn how to dispose of spoiled food read their blog linked above.
So what are some of the longest shelf life foods out there? We found some ideas at Skilled Surviver.

When preparing for long-term survival, you’ll want to choose the longest shelf life foods. In general, canned meat shelf life tends to be the longest. Meats such as beef stew, Spam, tuna fish, etc. tend to have quite long shelf lives.

In the canned food category, canned meat tends to last the longest. Meats such as beef stew, Spam, tuna fish, etc. tend to have quite long shelf lives.
They highly recommend the #10 can series. Now a #10 can is a larger can for long term bulk storage purposes. We would also recommend freeze dried food in mylar bags. These both have very long shelf lives.
I hope this answers most of your questions when it comes to knowing what is ok to eat and what isn't when it comes to your food storage. If you have any other questions be sure to leave us a comment!

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