Tag Archives: Shelf Life

Shelf Life of Old Freeze-Dried and Dried Foods

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Here are some freeze dried peaches that are still delicious.

 

The other day I wrote a blog about a food storage problem a friend of mine had.  Today I Encountered a New Food Storage Problem.  We got some excellent suggestions on how to keep this from happening to you.  I am going to explain a little more about this problem now that we have sorted and checked on all the food and learned more about the shelf life of the stored items.

First, I should start by explaining that part of the problem was not rotating food on a regular basis. …

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How to Read the Manufacture Dates on Mountain House Foods.

While working on the blog post on test old long-term storage foods, I found information on how to date Mountain House products.  This information comes directly from the Mountain House website.  If you just follow the instruction shown below you will be able to date any mountain House products.

The product manufacturing code appears on the back of Mountain House® pouches and on the bottom of Mountain House® cans. The date in the code represents the date on which the product was packaged. Between January of 2001 and June of 2012, we printed “Best if Used By” dates on the back of each pouch.…

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A Failure of The Shelf Life of Spam

Notice the swelling on the sides of the can on the right, compared to a good can

In the past, I have mentioned on several occasions that Hormel Food products do not have an expiration date, only a best use date.  On their website, they make the following statement about their products.

What is the shelf life of a Hormel Foods product in an unopened can?

The product is always safe to consume as long as the seal has remained intact, unbroken and securely attached. However, the flavor and freshness of the product gradually begin to decline after three years from the manufacturing date.”

I have recently have had six cans of Hormel Spam 25% Less Sodium go bad. …

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Four Simple Rules to Extend the Shelf Life of Your Foods

I have been storing food for 45 years and by following four simple rules have lost very little.  The only foods I have lost have been commercially canned products that failed to be rotated in a timely manner.  In my family we have wheat stored that is over forty years old and is still quite usable.

The rules of food storage are summed up by the acronym HALT.  It stands for the four enemies of good food storage.  These are humidity, air (oxygen), light and temperature.

Humidity or moisture will damage or destroy almost any foods over time.  Wheat and grains that are stored should be low moisture.  …

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Shelf Life of Prescription Medications.

The shelf life of drugs is a question for many of us.  This is something I have been attempting to research for some time.  In the whole I have found a lot of anecdotal information but very few real test results.  All the test results seem to come from a study done in 1985 by the military and in shelf life extension tests performed by the FDA.

Here are two articles for you to examine one is from the Wall Street Journal and the other is a link to an article by the Center for Biosecurity which is  affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences on the Shelf Life Extension Program.  …

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