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Old 04-11-2011, 01:36 PM
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how long will canned beans (Costco) last in my basement ?
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Originally Posted by tsx500 View Post
how long will canned beans (Costco) last in my basement ?
In my experience, the expiration date on canned beans is about 2 years out. I've read that if kept in a cool, dark basement, that some canned foods, like beans, will easily last 5-10+ years, but there are many variables that could extend or shorten the shelf life.

That old mantra of 'eat what you store, store what you eat' is a good one when it comes to medium and short-term storage items. With a 2 year expiration date for the beans, build up to 2 year's worth and just use the oldest first. We store 80+ cans of honey baked beans that we rotate and never come close to the exp date.

Good luck!
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I'm eating beans I bought over three years ago, they are no different to ones bought a month ago. Keep them cool and dry and they'll last yonks.
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I usually don't go by expiration dates since most canned goods last way longer but the only two times when I opened a can and the food inside was bad was cans of beans. I keep my cans in a dry basement which is cool year round. Based on the fact that part of it has a small room with wood shelves, I suspect it used to be a used for storing canned goods. (This is an old house.) I now try to use beans by the expiration date. Just an FYI.
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oldparanoia is right on. While not beans I was doing some cleaning over the weekend and stumbled across two cans of soup with 2009 expiration date at the bottom of my pantry behind my plastic bags. I had for lunch Sat. and Sun. with no ill effects and nothing tasting out of the norm.
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No personal experience with canned beans but I have recently opened a can of pineapple and ate it that was dated to expire in 2006 so 5 years out of date. Tasted great and no problems. I'm sure beans would be just fine and probably last longer that fruit.

I feel good that my canned goods will be GTG 10 years or better past their best if used by date.
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I ate k rations from the Korean war--they were fine...
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Most canned goods are fine for eating between 5 years and 100 years old.

Granted, they might night taste or look the same, but shouldn't be bad for you unless they have clearly gone bad.
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I understand that it is the fats inside of the canned goods that tend to change in taste over time. Proteins and carbs do not change much. A plain ol' can of pinto beans may not experience as much change as a can of chili. A can of tuna/chicken with minimal fats should be relatively the same if stored cool and dry/undamaged.
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idk about you but i found a 8 can pound of beans in my basement last month that just expired. it tasted delicious!!! just be careful if it looks or smells funky...
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If food is canned properly, it is going to be in a vacuum, with no exposure to air. So fat or no fat, it should be fine. The two enemies of food preservation (friends to microbe growth) are oxygen and light. Commercial metal cans take care of the light issue, too; if you have home canned foods in jars, keep them in the dark.
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Just watch for rust. If your basement is damp use a dehumidifier or protect your cans another way.
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It's my understanding that after a time (not sure how long after exp date) that the nutritional value starts to fade.

Someone correct me if this is wrong.
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I don't know about bean, but I did eat a can of spam that was dated 1999. It smelled and tasted the same with no ill effects. I would guess that as long as the canned food is air tight and kept in reasonable conditions, I don't see why they wouldn't last for 10-30 years, maybe even longer.
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What i learned in the army is if a can of food (c-rations) has a bulged top or bottom they have turned bad and to give them to the vietnamese..
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