Canned Food Tips and Hints• Be sure to examine canned foods before consuming. If the can is dented, misshapen, or leaking, do not purchase. Bulging cans are an indication of spoilage and should not be used.
• Dispose of potential spoiled canned goods in a manner to prevent consumption by other people or animals.
• For cans not date-stamped by the manufacturer, use a permanent marker to date your canned goods and use older cans first. Canned foods can last 1 to 2 years when properly stored.
• Although it is not harmful to store food in an open can in the refrigerator for a day or so, it is still a better idea to store leftover canned goods in a glass or plastic covered container. The can can impart a metallic taste to the food.
• Remember that canned foods have already been cooked once, so do not overcook them.
• The liquid also includes nutrients, so rather than draining and adding water, use the canning liquid, especially in soups and stews.
• Fruits packed in their own juices are a better choice than those with syrups.
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• Can Sizes and Equivalents
• Deciphering Expiration Dates
• Canned Food and Health
• Canning and Preserving Resources
• Canned Food Recipes
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