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This is second part of the tests of long term food storage. Because of some questions I received yesterday, I want to start by stating my methodology.
- The first thing that I do is to examine the exterior of the can to be sure that the integrity of the can has not been compromised. Check the seams for signs of corrosion.
- Read the label on the can to determine the ingredients. If there are any oils, be very careful about rancidity. For instance the dehydrated bananas, I checked yesterday listed coconut oil in the ingredients and smelled strongly of rancidity.
- I then open the cans and checked the smell, looking for odors that indicate rot or rancidity.
Yesterday a friend brought me 16 cans of very old long term storage food stored in #10 cans that he had in the back of his storage. The can all seemed to date from the mid to late 1970’s. They covered a variety of companies some of which no longer exist. I am opening the majority of the cans and evaluating the contents.
The first can I opened was a can of banana slices from about 78 or 79. These were package by Sam Andy Foods. They did not look to bad, but had a strong rancid smell. I have a strong stomach, but I would have to be starving to eat these. …Read More...