How Long Does Canned Food Really Last? Can it be consumed after the expiry date?

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Canned foods can be eaten after the expiration date. But how to recognize if the products are deteriorated or edible?

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Canned foods can be eaten after the expiration date. But how to recognize if the products are deteriorated or edible?

Il canned food, from legumes to ready-made soups and preserves, it can be consumed even after the expiration date: this is what theUSDA, which means that canned foods are safe to eat indefinitely and can be eaten well beyond the expiration date.





So what do those dates mean if they don't indicate that the food has gone bad? Let's find out together. (Also read: 10 foods you can eat after the expiration date (but also not!)

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What do expiration dates really mean?

According to the researchers of the Clemson University, the expiration dates we see on food cans do not indicate when the food will spoil. In fact, canned products are still safe to eat even after that date. 

Obviously, according to scholars, the farther you go from the expiration date, the more the product quality may decline. So while you may still eat those cans of soup or legumes that have expired, remember that color, taste, and texture may be affected.

There are important exceptions to consider, because if you notice that the can is dented o shows signs of swelling and rust, it could be a sign of deterioration or botulism. These signs are not to be underestimated, as they are potentially dangerous to health.

The best way to find out if an undamaged can is still palatable is to simply open it to taste, smell and examine its contents. According to theAtlanta Community Food Bank, you should never eat anything with mold, mildew or unpleasant odors. (Read also: Bisphenol A (BPA): still present in 38% of canned foods)

How long do homemade preserves last?

- homemade canned foods they don't have an expiration date, so it's always a good idea to mark the container with the date the food was canned. 



It is also a good idea to eat these foods within 12-18 months to be sure of their quality. If these foods have been safely canned and following the standards of sterilization of jars, they will be safe even after this time, but you may notice a lower quality. (Read also: Are Canned Beans Really Healthy? Properties, contraindications and which one to choose)

How Long Does Canned Food Really Last?

We have already established that in most cases i Canned products are safe to eat indefinitely, however, no one wants to eat a can of tuna that has become mushy. To help consumers determine if canned products are still palatable, here are some recommendations:

Canned fruit

I canned products with high acid content such as canned fruit, including tomatoes, should be consumed within 1-2 years of the expiration date.

Canned vegetables and soups

Low-acid canned products such as vegetables, canned meat, and soups should be consumed within 2-3 years of the expiration date.

Long-life milk

Condensed milk and other long-life milk must be used within one year of the expiration date. This also applies to the milk powder.

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