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Old 06-21-2010, 04:19 PM
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? is it an essential item for the pantry?
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If you are asking about the Dak fully cooked, water added ham, I bought some a month ago with a sell by date of 01/19/2015.

They are good to have and cheap but ham like, If you get my drift.
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George Burns made it to 100.... okay okay...a real answer. Several years. I have some cans from Canada that are at least three years old and I'm eating them (the content not the can.)
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? is it an essential item for the pantry?
Try Spam, should keep for a few years. The Hawaiians have an annual celebration just for Spam.
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I've eaten them ten years old and didn't have any ill effects.

Dak and Plumrose from 1998 y2k stash.
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So just how awful are they ? I have several 3-packs of the DAK's I got at Sams last year. I haven't even tried them, just bought them on a few consecurtive trips, mostly on a whim. But I've read they kinda suck.
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So just how awful are they ? I have several 3-packs of the DAK's I got at Sams last year. I haven't even tried them, just bought them on a few consecurtive trips, mostly on a whim. But I've read they kinda suck.
I'm sure they taste better Post-SHTF.
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I don't know about the ham, but DAK used to can bacon and it was the best bacon you could get! I'd sure try their ham.
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The Dak hams aren't bad. I don't know that I'd make it the "star" part of the meal, but it's decent mixed with pasta ((like mac-n-cheese)).
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Just don't eat the salmon mouse!
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I consider them a must store item.
I've let them stay on the shelf for three years before eating them, I'm confident they'd go 5 or more.

The trick is to not just eat them on a sandwich or something but to prepare a meal around them.

My wife has made some fantastic dishes with these.


Navy Bean & Ham Soup
1 16oz ham diced
2 cans great northern beans
2 cans navy beans
1 can cream of celery
Half onion chopped
2 celery stalks chopped
2 cups carrots chopped
2 garlic cloves
1/2 tbsp herbs de provence
4 cups water
1/2 bell pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
1 dash Worcestershire sauce

Ham & Hash Brown Casserole
1 16oz ham diced
2 pounds hash browns
1 egg
1 can creme celery soup
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp white pepper
1 tbsp garlic
1 cup shredded cheese
1 tbsp vegetable oil

And a real simple Ham & Stuffing, just dice the ham and fry, mix with a batch of stuffing, mash potatoes on the side. Real nice on a bitter blustery day.

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Depends on how hungry your butt is. There is stuff out there now that I would eat five years from now under the right circumstances.
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Be wary of BPA plastic lined cans....something like 92% of cans have the plastic lining which leeches into food over time....I first heard about it in documentary about plastic called "Addicted To Plastic".

Do your research...

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The Plastic Poisons in Our Canned Foods

A coalition of public health and environmental groups, collectively known as the National Workgroup for Safe Markets, has produced a report on the amounts of Bisphenol A (BPA) in canned foods: "No Silver Lining: An Investigation into Bisphenol A in Canned Foods" (PDF).

What did it find? BPA in 92 percent of the foods sampled. Most canned foods are lined with BPA plastic, and it leaches into the foods.

I've discussed concerns about the health effects of BPA in previous posts. Here is an update on attempts to get rid of it.

• Senator Dianne Feinstein proposed an amendment to the endlessly pending food safety bill to ban BPA.

• The Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) and the Chamber of Commerce have threatened to oppose the food safety bill if it bans BPA. How's that for a good example of food politics in action.

• The canning industry knows it must replace BPA and is looking for alternatives.

• The French will ban BPA in baby bottles, since infants are most at risk.

More...

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol_A
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So just how awful are they ? I have several 3-packs of the DAK's I got at Sams last year. I haven't even tried them, just bought them on a few consecurtive trips, mostly on a whim. But I've read they kinda suck.
They aren't bad. I use the Spam sauce recipe on all my canned hams and it's awesome.

spike your ham (or spam) with cloves, and in a seperate bowl combine:

1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon water
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1/2 teaspoon vinegar (I like red wine vinegar, but any vinegar would work)

mix this, and pour over your ham (can double recipe if you want more, I almost always do) then bake your ham until it's hot in the middle. For spam it's 20 minutes, for a Dak it's about 30 - 35 minutes both at 375 degrees F.

I like to add a drained can of either sliced or whole potatoes, and a drained can of carrots to this. nomnom!!
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Are there any canned hams without the BPA coated cans?
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Great Video, What are you buying frozen foods now?
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Believe it or not but some caned hams require refrigeration so make sure you read before shelving.
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^^^ Yeah I have a couple of those but an outside refridgerator broke on me and was kinda warm a couple days... I need to open em up and check if their good. Then freeze um if they're okay.
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If you go to Hormel's website and look up storage life of their canned meats, it's says "Indefinite". Pretty bold claim, but that's what it says
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