does canned food go bad?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by KattyKillFish, Jun 2, 2009.

  1. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    hi guys! i got a can of spaghetti-O's that has a date on it. it says aug 7, 2008. is this the date it was canned or is it an expiration date?

    we've eaten our own canned food when it was well over 15 years old. my boyfriens argues that this can of spaghetti-O's is not good to eat, but i recalls someone saying that canned food does not go bad unless the can has been open for a while

    should i just eat it? i'm starving! [​IMG]
  2. NancyP

    NancyP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    If the top of the can is puffed up it is bad. If not then open it and use good judgment. IE smell, looks and taste. If any one of those are off don't eat it.
  3. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    Ehhh... I'd eat it. I'd eat just about anything though, and don't believe in expiration dates. Did you know people used to store eggs for 6+ months before selling them at the store? And now the expiration date for eggs is 30 days post packing. (although the expiration date is not required by law)

    If it tastes funny, throw it out!! [​IMG]
  4. fargosmom

    fargosmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Pasadena, CA
    I think this is probably one of those "best by" dates . . . not that the stuff becomes inedible the next day, but that overall quality of experience declines after awhile. On the other hand these are spaghetti-os [​IMG] don't they fall into the same food group as twinkies? I'm sure they're fine.
  5. shortcake1806

    shortcake1806 Sassy McSassington

    Sep 11, 2007
    The USDA says:
    Safety After Date Expires
    Except for "use-by" dates, product dates don't always refer to home storage and use after purchase. But even if the date expires during home storage, a product should be safe, wholesome and of good quality -- if handled properly and kept at 40° F or below. See the accompanying refrigerator charts for storage times of dated products.

    Foods can develop an off odor, flavor or appearance due to spoilage bacteria. If a food has developed such characteristics, you should not use it for quality reasons.

    If foods are mishandled, however, foodborne bacteria can grow and cause foodborne illness -- before or after the date on the package. For example, if hot dogs are taken to a picnic and left out several hours, they wouldn't be safe if used thereafter, even if the date hasn't expired.
  6. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    my boyfriend: YOU KNOW WHAT I GOTTA SAY 'BOUT IT??.... i'm not having any.

    [​IMG] silly stuck-up boy. more for me then. thanks guys!

    Edited to add: my mom says to just boil it for 15 minutes to be on the safe side. here i go!
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2009
  7. kingmt

    kingmt Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Mason WV
    Yes it will go bad but unless it is canned wrong or contaminated it should have 10-20 year shelf life for most foods.
  8. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    hi guys. it tasted like card board and freezer burned meat moose meat. [​IMG] threw it out for the gulls.

    luckily, a friend of the family stopped by with a LOT of real spaghetti. even better perhaps. it was green! you know, the kind of noodles they use spinach to make? delicious and healthy. probably got more out of that than i could have gotten out of the Spaghetti-O's.

    now i know that canned food stays good for a long time, but after the date the taste declines severely. yuck

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