quick question. is it okay to eat a can of chili a year later past the expiration date?

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    Apr 25, 2013 12:14 AM GMT
    not trying to die here. icon_cry.gif it says best used by april 2012. it's 2013. the can is not bloated or anything. there's a little bit of rust around the opening of the can. i'd throw it out and get me some tuna fish if i was sure that it wasn't safe to eat instead BUT damn, i'm hungry and this chili is 16 grams of protein. icon_biggrin.gif hate throwing protein in the garbage. help.
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    Apr 25, 2013 12:23 AM GMT
    yourname2000 saidSurely there's a better way to fill your gut with protein. icon_twisted.gificon_lol.gif


    really??? what you mean? hold up, i think i know.. hold up OH, you mean that????? i don't want any parts of that.
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    Apr 25, 2013 12:33 AM GMT
    Just throw the damn can away. . .
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    Apr 25, 2013 12:54 AM GMT
    Slim2010 saidJust throw the damn can away. . .


    ate it anyway and damn, it was GOOD.
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    Apr 25, 2013 1:06 AM GMT
    scaredmidget said
    Slim2010 saidJust throw the damn can away. . .


    ate it anyway and damn, it was GOOD.


    Haha. You are too crazy. You could've bought a new can of chili for less than a dollar at Food 4 Less.
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    Apr 25, 2013 3:38 AM GMT
    BullShitStorm Season?
  • calibro

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    Apr 25, 2013 3:50 AM GMT
    botulism isn't just a christmas greeting down south
  • AMoonHawk

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    Apr 25, 2013 4:22 AM GMT
    Yes you can eat canned food past the date indicated as long as the can is not bloated or damaged. What the hell are you guys going to eat when they fry the earth and wipe out 90% of mankind ... geesh icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Apr 25, 2013 4:24 AM GMT
    1) It's processed food so I wouldn't eat that shit anyways.

    2) No. Throw it away.
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    Apr 25, 2013 4:25 AM GMT
    Slim2010 said
    scaredmidget said
    Slim2010 saidJust throw the damn can away. . .


    ate it anyway and damn, it was GOOD.


    Haha. You are too crazy. You could've bought a new can of chili for less than a dollar at Food 4 Less.


    hell no. i'm curious to know what would you do if you only had 70 dollars to your name. that's how i have in my bank account right now as i'm typing this. a penny or any change is like a dollar when you're broke. money management is serious especially in today's time where cash isn't growing on trees and people are charging out the ass for a little can of tuna fish which could run up to 2 dollars over here.

    that chili held me down for about 3 hours. i'm still alive.
  • blueandgold

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    Apr 25, 2013 4:25 AM GMT
    my zombie apocalypse training says hell yes.
  • vintovka

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    Apr 25, 2013 4:51 AM GMT
    Expiration dates are usually arbitrary--canned food stays edible for years. It may lose some nutritional value, but it remains edible. Of course canned chilli is probably not a great nutritional choice to begin with, but that's another matter. (Canned chilli is notoriously high in salt, not to mentioned the processing of the meat and whatever other chemicals they use.)

    http://www.foodreference.com/html/cans-extreme.html

    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.

    The nutrient values varied depending upon the product and nutrient. NFPA chemists Janet Dudek and Edgar Elkins report that significant amounts of vitamins C and A were lost. But protein levels remained high, and all calcium values "were comparable to today's products."

    NFPA chemists also analyzed a 40-year-old can of corn found in the basement of a home in California. Again, the canning process had kept the corn safe from contaminants and from much nutrient loss. In addition, Dudek says, the kernels looked and smelled like recently canned corn.

    The canning process is a product of the Napoleonic wars. Malnutrition was rampant among the 18th century French armed forces. As Napoleon prepared for his Russian campaign, he searched for a new and better means of preserving food for his troops and offered a prize of 12,000 francs to anyone who could find one. Nicolas Appert, a Parisian candy maker, was awarded the prize in 1809.


    From: The Canning Process: Old Preservation Technique Goes Modern
    by Dale Blumentha in FDA Consumer magazine, Sept 1990

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    Apr 25, 2013 4:54 AM GMT
    Cans never used to have used by dates.

    Best before means best before but it's usually fine after

    Use by means use by that date because after that date it starts to degrade quickly.

    Canned foods it means they want you to throw it away and buy another one.
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    Apr 25, 2013 5:08 AM GMT
    Experation = expiredicon_eek.gif
  • blueandgold

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    Apr 25, 2013 5:27 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidCans never used to have used by dates.

    Best before means best before but it's usually fine after

    Use by means use by that date because after that date it starts to degrade quickly.

    Canned foods it means they want you to throw it away and buy another one.


    absolutely! planned obsolescence, those monsters.
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    Apr 25, 2013 5:48 AM GMT
    Little bit of botulism keeps your internal organs wrinkle free and young looking.
  • kew1

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    Apr 25, 2013 7:03 AM GMT
    vintovka said

    The canning process is a product of the Napoleonic wars. Malnutrition was rampant among the 18th century French armed forces. As Napoleon prepared for his Russian campaign, he searched for a new and better means of preserving food for his troops and offered a prize of 12,000 francs to anyone who could find one. Nicolas Appert, a Parisian candy maker, was awarded the prize in 1809.


    From: The Canning Process: Old Preservation Technique Goes Modern
    by Dale Blumentha in FDA Consumer magazine, Sept 1990



    Didn't Appert use glass?
    Article on first canning company,cans made by hand.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21689069
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    Apr 25, 2013 7:09 AM GMT
    Between the preservatives, the plastic lining in the can, and all the sodium, it is almost certainly consumable. (There is little no oxygen inside the can.)

    The question becomes why?

    Why chili?

    Why so old?

    Canned food lasts a very long time, especially with modern canning methods, but, the food ages a bit.
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    Apr 25, 2013 7:12 AM GMT
    personally, I wouldn't have eaten it... but I'm sure it was completely fine with it being canned and all the salt that's probably in there anyways...
    but botulism can take some time to settle in so... just keep an eye on how you're feeling the next few days

    also, if you're as broke as you say you are why are you not receiving food stamps or going to a food bank? You should take advantage of these things - that's what they're there for icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 25, 2013 7:27 AM GMT
    Lol. I was just dining on the boat tonight - whatever was left from last falls provisions that was still edible. Basically, it was the chili and a warm beer from the bottom of the ice box. None of the other stuff was exactly spoiled but it was all utterly stale. Time to load up "fresh" provisions for the season.
  • Mark87

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    Apr 25, 2013 8:47 AM GMT
    Rick should've made Lori eat the dogfood.
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    Apr 25, 2013 2:46 PM GMT
    Is one can really worth getting sick over?
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    Apr 25, 2013 2:50 PM GMT
    Really? If you're concerned enough to ask then don't eat it. I agree lilTanker though, the dates are often bogus, especially on canned goods. Try smelling it too….
  • LJay

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    Apr 25, 2013 4:10 PM GMT
    Scaredmidget, I think canned chili tastes yucky. I can see why you would eat it and it is 'convenient,' but the stuff never tastes good to me.

    If you want to email me, I will send you a recipe that is easy and tasty and makes a pile of real chili that you can freeze. That stuff I like.

    The foodie motto for your situation is "If in doubt, throw it out." A trip to the doctor or hospital is always more expensive that a can of chili.
  • rnch

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    Apr 25, 2013 4:23 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidYes you can eat canned food past the date indicated as long as the can is not bloated or damaged...





    My first thought also.