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MP557, Reviewed September 2002

Storing Food in the Cupboard

Canned and dried foods

Canned fruit juices

Canned foods opened

Canned foods unopened



Can do and don't

Canned foods do have a long shelf life, but don't neglect them for several years and then suddenly decide to use them. Theses aged canned goods may be safe to eat, but their color, flavor, texture and nutritive value may have deteriorated.

Store canned foods in a dry place at moderately cool but not freezing temperatures. Rotate foods so the oldest is used first. Try not to keep canned foods more than one year. Canned fruit juices should not be kept more than nine months. Shelf life will be shorter when canned goods are stored above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. A slight breakdown of texture may result from freezing some canned foods, but generally a single freezing and thawing does not adversely affect them. Be sure to check cans and jars of food that have been frozen for any breaks in the seals. Discard any food that has a broken seal or leaks.

Take precautions

The outward appearance of canned goods can indicate danger. Watch out for:

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