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I’m sure this has been covered here before, but I haven’t found the thread yet so I’ll ask it here.
Living in an apartment complex in a town sandwiched between NYC & Phil. I’d be limited on an alternative food sources (hunting, gardening) to get by on for a few weeks/months in a natural disaster situation. So I figured storing up some supermarket canned foods would be the best way to go. Just need some info on stuff with the longest shelf life. Things like “spam” maybe ?
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Tuna fish usually last a few years.
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Seems like chili would last a long time
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The majority of the canned goods I've picked up in the past six months have an
expiry date of 2010 or 2011. That's good enough for me. This time next year, if
I have not had to use the 2010 cans, I will be sure to use them up before they
expire, and replace what I used with additional new stock.

It's a good idea to keep them stored as a supermarket does - the ones to be
used first up front -- or if they are stored in boxes, like I do - mark the boxes
with the general expiry dates of the products so you can easily choose the
ones expiring first.

I've read that if it is canned and sealed well, and stored in a cool/dark area,
canned goods should last well beyond their expiry date. However, I'm not sure
if that discussion was for home canned goods or store-bought canned goods,
or if it makes a difference.
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Just remember, bulged can = botulism = you die a horrible death, no matter the expy date.
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I live in Florida, so a hurricane or a tornado can take off a roof et cetera. What I do with every can is write on it in permanent marker the month and year bought and CONTENT. Paper labels come off with just a little bad weather.

And since we have insects here, all foods in cardboard or pouch packages -- spaghetti -- are in sealable containers, which are various sizes of plastic and glass bottles.
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I would pick up anything in a can that says Hormel on it, and those DAK hams in the can. At least thats what I've been doing.

And don't knock those buldged cans, they're botulicious!
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I DO NOT Purchase any maufactures cans who do not put the Expirey date clearly on the top or bottom. You have no way of telling anything about expiration time & I just don't waste my time with those products. Remember glass stores much better than anything else. Besides not rusting the containers can be easily used for something else. I tend to stay away from plastic containers unless you can store them in a very cool dry place.
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I found something new today that looked pretty good, only to check the code and not be able to decipher what it meant. None of the store help could tell, either, and the manager was in a meeting or something. Next time I get there, I'll have to make it a point to find out how to read the code.

What is sooo hard about month-day-year??? Makes me leary to buy the product. Maybe the best thing not to...
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I've got various lists from Y2K and will try to post here if the length is okay.
Notice Spam is 4-5 years.

HOW TO READ DATES ON CANS AND PACKAGED FOOD

Sample when they list day-of-year in 3 digits:
045B97 045 is 45th day of year, B is plant, 97 is
year (02-14-97)

Anthony's pastas 800-727-8260 [email protected]
Shelf Life After Packed: 3 yrs
Date on Item Is: date packed
P8278A*D (ignore 1st letter, 8 is 1998, 278 is day of year -
11-5-98 packed)

Armour Star Canned Meat Products 800-528-0849
Vienna Sausage, Stew, Chili, Deviled Ha, Potted Meat,
Sliced Dried Beef, Soups, etc., but does not include
Armour Star Roast Beef or Corned Beef
Shelf Life After Packed:
Date on Item Is: date packed
B148C23 B is month, 14 is day, 8 is yr (02-14-98)

B & M Beans 800-325-7130
Shelf Life After Packed: indefinite unless can damaged
Date on Item is: date packed
J8E09 16oz (J is month, 8 is 98 - 10/98 packed)

B & M Brown Bread 800-325-7130
Shelf Life After Packed: 3 years from date packed
Date on Item is: date packed
A8E20 16oz (A is month, 8 is 98 - 1/98 packed)

Bertolli Olive Oil
Shelf Life After Packed: 2 years
Date on Item is: Expiration date

Best Foods Mayonnaise 1-800-338-8831
Shelf Life After Packed: ?
Date on Item Is: Best Used By date (good past this date,
but refrigerate after opening
0511 981742 8 oz (05-11-98) (company said this mayo
should have been rotated off the shelf!)
32oz & 16oz had no dates on them I could find
Best Foods Thousand Island Dressing 1-800-338-8831
Shelf Life After Packed: ?
Date on Item Is: Best Used by date (good past the Best
Used By date, but not as long as the mayonnaise the
Company said)
Nov 23 99M5

Bisquick (Betty Crocker) 800-336-9331
Shelf Life After Packed: 1 yr (after that yeast won't rise bisquits)
Date on Item is: expiration date
10MAR00LL 22:00 2 (03-10-2000, was packed 03-10-99)

Bugler Tobacco 1-800-341-5211 Brown & Williamson
Shelf Life After Packed: 1 yr
Date on Item Is: date packed
8K02 (6oz can) 8 is 1998, K is November

Bumble Bee Tuna, Salmon, or any of their stuff 619-715-4000
Shelf Life After Packed: indefinite (3 yrs for best flavor)
Date on Item Is: date packed
Salmon: look at 3rd number on top line: this is the year and
it is only packed in the summer.
Tuna: bottom line first number: 9 or 1 is 1997, 2 or D is 1998,
3 or F is 1999; month is next character and 1-9 is Jan thru
Sept, V is Oct, X is Nov, and Z is Dec.

Bush (baked beans, chili, etc) [email protected]
Shelf Life After Packed:
Date on Item Is:
50173 5 is month , 01 is day, 7 is 97 (05-01-97), 3 is plant

Campbells Soup 1-800-442-7684
Shelf Life After Packed: 2 yrs
Date on Item Is: Expiration date (and canned date)
Example: SEP 00 10028 (expires 9-2000, canned 10-02-98)

Capri Sun
Shelf Life After Packed: 18 mos
Date on Item Is: date packed
9114 FR 1207 (9 is 1999, 114 is day of year)

Carnation Evaporated Canned Milk 1-800-854-8935
www.carnationmilk.com
Shelf Life After Packed: 15 mos
Date on Item Is: date packed
8365MC (8 is 98, 365 is day of yr = packed 12-31-98)
For drinking or in place of fresh milk in recipes, dilute
with equal amount of water.

Coke
Date on bottom of cans
Shelf Life After Packed: Plastic Bottles 3 mos to Optimum
Taste Date; can or glass 9 mos; containing aspertane 3 mos
Date on Item Is: Optimum Taste Date (Lasts much longer
but after that gets less carbonated and less sweet. Coke
says this is true of ALL carbonated soft drinks)

Creamette pastas 800-727-8260 [email protected]
Shelf Life After Packed: 3 yrs
Date on Item Is: date packed
P8278A*D (ignore 1st letter, 8 is 1998, 278 is day of year -
11-5-98 packed)

Crisco Oil
Shelf Life After Packed: 24 mos unopened, 12 mos opened
Date on Item Is: date packed
9045xxx 9 is 99, 045 is day of year (02-14-99)

Crisco Vegetable Shortening and butter flavored shortening
Shelf Life After Packed: indefinite but 12 mos after opening
Date on Item Is: date packed
9045xxx 9 is 99, 045 is day of year (02-14-99)

Del Monte (all) 800-543-3090
All Del Monte have indefinite shelf life, but for taste:
Shelf Life After Packed: 2 yrs for taste having sugar or salt
Shelf Life After Packed: 2-1/2 yrs for taste w/no sugar or salt
Date on Item Is: date packed
8045B 8 is 98, 045 is day of yr , B is plant (02-14-98)



Dinty Moore Beef Stew 1-800-523-4635
Shelf Life After Packed: indefinite unless can damaged
Date on Item Is: date packed
7.5 oz G11258 14:18 (11-25-98 packed)
BST 3 EST 199M
15 oz S07098 10:32 (07-09-98 packed)

Dole Pineapple Chunks 1-800-232-8888
Shelf Life After Packed: 3 years
Date on Item Is: expiration date
NOV 2001

French's Mustard 1-800-841-1256
Shelf Life After Packed: 1 year
Date on Item Is: date packed
M98345C (M is plant, 98 is year, 345 is day - 12/98 packed)

Gatorade
Shelf Life After Packed: 9 mos
Date on Item Is: packed date
026A93204:12 0 is plant, 26 is day, A is mo, 9 is 99 (01-26-99)

General Mills
Shelf Life After Packed:
Date on Item Is:
The mfg date is coded to their fiscal year that begins on June 1
And ends on May 31. Following is their cycle:
A = June E = Oct J = Feb
B = July F = Nov K = March
C = Aug G = Dec L = April
D = Sept H = Jan M = May
E731B E is October, 7 is 97, 31 is day, B is plant (10-07-97)

Good Seasons Italian packages 1-800-431-1003
Shelf Life After Packed: 2 yrs
Date on Item Is: expiration date
8271A1113:43 (8 is yr, 271 is day of yr = packed 09-28-98)




Green Giant Vegetables
Shelf Life After Packed: 2 yrs
Date on Item Is: Packed date
H87063 20:49 H is month, 8 is 98 (packed 08-98)
1030F

Hanover Foods Corp
Small whole potatoes, green beans, corn, etc.
Shelf Life After Packed:
Date on Item Is:
28304 2 is discarded, 8 is 98, 304 is day of yr (10-31-98)

Healthy Choice 800-323-9980
Shelf Life After Packed: 2 yrs
Date on Item Is:
Month letters start Oct=A, Nov=B, Dec=C, Jan=D, etc
9C...... 9 is 99, C is December, the rest is lot number (12-99)

Hershey Cocoa 800-468-1714
Shelf Life After Packed:
Date on Item Is: 8H (last 2 numbers of other numbers) This is
within its peak freshness date.
Means August 2008. 8 is year (2008), H is August.
Month letters start Jan=A, Feb=B, Mar=C, etc

Hormel Products 1-800-584-1222 (recipes: 800-523-4635)
Shelf Life After Packed:
Date on Item is:
G07048 G is plant, 07048 is 07-04-98

Jello Brand Puddings & Gelatins
Shelf Life After Packed:
Date on Item Is:
804522 10:38 8 is yr, 045 is day of year, 10:38 time (02-14-98)

Kellogg's Frosted Flakes
Shelf Life After Packed: 1 yr
Date on Item Is: Best used by date
Jun 05 1999 (06-05-99)

Kern's Nectar
Shelf Life After Packed: 2 yrs
Date on Item Is: date packed
9 124 (9 is 1999, 124 is day of year)

Kingsford Charcoal 1-800-232-4745
Shelf Life After Packed:
Date on Item Is:
108A8 (1/8/98)
1-9=Jan-Sept, A=Oct, B=Nov, C=Dec

Kraft Catalina Salad Dressing 800-847-1997 www.kraftfoods.com
Shelf Life After Packed: ?
Date on Item Is: Best Buy Date - use 30 days after that
Oct 19 990 (10-19-99)

Kraft Miracle Whip 800-847-1997
Shelf Life After Packed: ?
Date on Item Is: Best Buy date (Use by this date plus 1 mo)
Can keep in cupboard 30 days after that and in refrigerator 3-4
months after that. Refrigerate after opening
Aug 20 990 (08-20-99)

Kraft Velveeta Cheese 1-800-634-1984
Velveeta does not have to be refrigerated
Shelf Life After Packed: 5-7 mos
Date on Item Is: a date (usually 4 mos prior)
- use 1 mo after this date non-refrigerated;
- use 3 mos after this date if refrigerated

Kraft Cheez Whiz 1-800-634-1984
Shelf Life After Packed: ?
Date on Item Is: a date - use 5 mos after this date if opened

Libby’s Vegetables
Distributed by Seneca Food Corp. http://consumer.senecafoods.com/faq.cfm

Our products, except sauerkraut, picked beets, three bean salad, and pickled red cabbage are best if used within 24 to 36 months from the date of manufacture depending on storage conditions. The above four items are best if used within 18 to 24 months. We recommend that all canned vegetables be stored in a cool, dry place.
Shelf Life After Packed: 24-36 months except 4 items above
Date on item is: Date packed. First is a letter and the month packed: A=January; B= February, etc. The second position is the last digit of the year: 7=2007, 8=2008, 0=2000, 1=2001, etc.
H7AK182A 03 16 (this is August 2007)

Libby's Roast Beef w/Gravy (Nestle Consumer Svcs, PO Box 29055,
Glendale, CA 91209-9055)
Packed by Brazilian government
Nestle Consumers Svcs, POB 29055, Glendale, CA 91209-9055
01 09 12 oz
98 B1

Lindsay Black Olives 800-252-3557
Shelf Life After Packed: 5 years
Date on Item is: date packed
19OLP/306HH (second letter 9 = packed in 1999)

Mary Kitchen Corned Beef Hash or Roast Beef Hash 800-523-4635
Shelf Life After Packed: indefinite
Date on Item Is: date packed
B11168 B1 (11-16-98 packed)
RB1t 199W

McCormick Herbs & Spices (Schilling)
Shelf Life After Packed: ?
Date on Item Is: ?
3604AY 3 is year then add 5 (1998) 604 is day and month (but
must divide by 50 = 6 with 4 left over. The 6 equals
the last whole or complete month before the month
of production (June). The next month (July) is the
production month. The 4 remaining is the day.
THEY HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING!

Milk – Great Value Instant Nonfat Dry Milk (made by Wal-Mart)
Shelf Life After Packed: I bought 1/08 and it said best used by
10-25-09, so at least 22 months. Use 1/4c instant milk + 1c water
for 1 cup
Date on Item is: Says Best by 10-25-09

Nabisco Ritz Crackers 1-800-622-4726
Shelf Life After Packed: 6-8 mos (and more)
Date on Item Is: 6 mos after packed, however is not
an expiration code. Product remains wholesome well
beyond this date.
9197AV302 9 is 99, 197 is day of year (07-16-99)

Nestles Quik 800-637-8536
Date on Item is: Date Packed
Shelf Life: 2 yrs (best to use 3-6 months after open)
9307BNC (packed 1999, day 307)

Newman's Own salad dressing
Says right on the bottle "Does not require refrigeration"

Nissin Cup Noodles 1-800-677-6645
Shelf Life After Packed: 1 yr
Date on Item Is: expiration date
90308AB (9 is 99, 03 is month, 08 is day = expires 03-08-99)

Oceanspray Cranberry & other Juices 800-662-3263
Date on Item is: expiration date
03180H0332CJ (on lid) (03 is March, 18 is 18th, 0 is 2000)


Ortega Green Chilis in can
good 3 years (5 days opened)

Ortega Salsa (Nestle) 800-745-3403
Date on Item is: date packed
Shelf Life: 3 years unopened (7 days opened)
9104AC (9 is 1999, 10 is 10th, 4 is April) (packed 4/10/99)

Ovaltine Rich Chocolate 800-442-0099
Shelf Life After Packed: 18 mos opened or unopened
Date on Item Is: date packed
3458D 1404 (345 is day of year, 8 is 1998 - 12/10/98)

Parkay liquid
Was Kraft: 800-998-7808
Sold to: 800-622-4726
Shelf Life After Packed: 5 mos
Date on Item Is:

Pillsbury Cake Mix
All Pillsbury cakes including Quick Breads have 18 mos shelf life.
Shelf Life After Packed: 18 mos
Date on Item is: date packed
A9M14 (A is the month, 9 is 1999, ignore the other numbers:
A=Jan; B=Feb; C=March; D=April; E=May; F=June; G=July;
H=August; I=Sept; J=Oct; K=Nov; L=Dec)

PopTarts (Kelloggs)
Shelf Life After Packed: 6 mos
Date on Item is: date packed
07209CTA12 (7/20/99 packed...good till 1/20/2000)

Progresso Foods 800-200-9377
Canned soups, beans, etc.
Shelf Life After Packed: 3 years
Date on Item Is: date packed
2 lines of code. Top line is date portion.
L7N18 1211 L is month, 7 is 97, ignore rest (12-97)
A=Jan; B=Feb; C=March; D=April; E=May; F=June; G=July;
H=August; I=Sept; J=Oct; K=Nov; L=Dec)

Quaker Instant Oatmeal packets 1-800-555-6287
Shelf Life After Packed: 18 mos
Date on Item Is: best used by date (packed 18 mos prior)
June 0800 Y7 (06-08-2000)

Ragu 800-328-7248 www.eat.com
Shelf Life After Packed: 2 yrs
Date on Item Is: expiration date
Ragu Old World Style flavored with meat
M1A23418
1552Dec2000

Rice-a-Roni 1-800-421-2444
Shelf Life After Packed: 1 yr
Date on Item Is: expiration date
Herb & Butter: SEP2208B8 (expires 09-22-2008)

Rice: Riceland Foods White or Brown 800-226-9522
Shelf Life After Packed: White 1 yr or 2 yrs in refrigerator
Brown 6 mos or 1 year in refrigerator (oil goes rancid)
The above is what the woman who called me said was the shelf life.
Date on Item Is: Date packaged (just look at first 4 digits: first 3
Digits are day of year packed and last digit is the year)
White: 0728 SA5 LT 43023 (packed 72nd day of 2008)
Brown: 0708 SA5 LT 4812 (packed 70th day of 2008)

This is what I got off their website:

4. Why don't you have an expiration date on Riceland® Rice products?
It is possible for products to develop problems when out of our control; varying conditions can affect individual products differently.
White rice products have nearly indefinite shelf lives. If stored properly and protected from infestation and extreme temperature fluctuations, white rice products may be maintained for long periods of time. For best results, place the product in a sealed container and store in a cool, dry place. Uncooked white rice may also be stored in a pantry, refrigerator, or freezer. Cooked rice can be refrigerated for up to six days, or stored in the freezer for six months.
Since brown rice has a higher oil content than white rice, its shelf life is not as long. Refrigerated storage is recommended for brown rice.
For taste and quality, the Riceland® rice mixes have a limited shelf life. Spices do not maintain their freshness for long periods of time, therefore it is recommended to use the rice mixes shortly after purchasing, but within one year from the production code date.
The USDA has established a standard of identity for enriched rice specifying the levels of thiamin, niacin, iron, and folic acid that the rice should contain. When the bran layer is removed from the brown rice to produce white rice, these vitamins and minerals are also removed. White rice is enriched to provide you with the same thiamine, niacin, and iron content as brown rice. By law, folic acid is added to the rice to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida, and is added to all enriched cereal products.
Rinsing or washing of Riceland® Rice is not recommended. The rinsing removes the enrichment from the rice.

Ramen Noodle Soup packets
Maruchan, Irvine CA 92618
8aII1023C

Spam, Hormel 1-800-523-4635
Shelf Life After Packed: indefinite shelf life (4-5 yrs)
Date on Item Is: packed date
A05198 4 A is plant, 05 is month, 19 is day, 8 is year (05-19-98)
EST.199 17 22 RS

Stagg Chili 800-611-9778
Shelf Life After Packed: 5 yrs for flavor
Date on Item Is: date packed
S03029 (S is plant, 03/02/99 packed)

Starkist Tuna 1-800-252-1587
Shelf Life After Packed: 4 yrs (no dents)
Date on Item Is: date packed
E=1996; F=1997; G=1998; H=1999
C80CE
X045G (ignore X, 045 is day of yr, G is 98 (packed 02-14-98)

Swanson Chicken Broth 1-800-442-7684
(Do not use after expiration date per Campbell's)
Shelf Life After Packed: 2 yrs
Date on Item Is: expiration date
OCT 00 10028 (10-2000 expires) (10-02-98 canned)


Taco Bell Salsa 800-695-8226
Shelf Life After Packed: ?
Date on Item Is: expiration date
17JUL99 XAU (expires 7-17-99)
10:02 15799 8290

Tree Top Apple Juice 800-542-4055
Shelf Life: 1 year in plastic, 2 years in glass
Date on Item is: date packed
1=Jan, 2=Feb, 3=Mar, 4=Apr, 5=May, 6=June, 7=July,
8=Aug, 9=Sept, A=Oct, B=Nov, C=Dec
8269C (8/26/99 packed) 64oz
A1090C (10/10/99 packed) 1 gal

Valley Fresh White Chicken
PO Box 339, Turlock CA 95381
10 oz WW1 07:01
8365B

Water gallons - see Red Cross sheet attached
Dates are on the plastic jugs I think when they expire.
Water gets to tasting pretty bad after about 4-6 months,
plus microbes are growing all the time in the jug. Boil for
1 full minute. Let it cool for at least 30 minutes and stir up
let air back in. OR Add 16 drops of liquid chlorine bleach
per gallon of water or 8 drops per 2-liter. Stir to mix. 5.25%
sodium hypochlorite should be the only active ingredient
in the bleach. There should not be any added soap or
fragrances. Let stand 30 minutes. If it smells of chlorine,
you can use it. You can wait days though for better taste
the bleach does break down and evaporate.

Wishbone Italian 1-800-697-7887 www.wish-bone.com
Shelf Life After Packed: ?
Date on Item Is: Use 1 mo after date on neck of bottle for
Best flavor

Yeast
Shelf Life After Packed: 18 mos
Date on Item Is:

I've got another list in Excel that I don't think would come out right posted in here.
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This Taco Bell Refried Beans I have here expires 3-22-2010. Put some canned diced tomatoes on a corn or flour torilla and it might be okay. Rotel Hot Diced Tomatoes with Habaneros would be good on there too. There's lots of inexpensive no-name brands of diced tomatoes. I bought some Maseca Instant Corn Masa Flour (just add water) and tried to make corn tortillas with my tortilla press but it's not working out so good only because they don't come out nice and circular. Flour torillas is just a flour recipe that can be found on the internet. I figure this would make a good lunch or dinner and can use your imagination as to what else you want on the toritilla. Saw a video of Tinney at Google videos of minibulldesign.com dehydrating hamburer that he uses when he goes backpacking.
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If you find a can or package that lists it's expiration date like this:

Sample when they list day-of-year in 3 digits:
045B97 045 is 45th day of year, B is plant, 97 is
year (02-14-97)

001 January 1st
032 February 1st
060 March 1st
091 April 1st
121 May 1st
152 June 1st
182 July 1st
213 August 1st
244 September 1st
274 October 1st
305 November 1st
335 December 1st
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http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=20630

This thread says you can use Hormel food in cans for ever. If they are cared for correctly. Taste may not last, but the food will.
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One of the companies makes little tunafish cracker lunch packs. They seem to hold up fairly well. Honey is always a plus. Some of those "just add water" meals may hold up for a few years, but I'll honest, I've never kept them more than a year myself (someone always eats them).
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When I was in the army I had C-rations that were 26 years old... the crackers were stale, the rest like regular army chow, bad.
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Right on msc. What the hell is with the encryption coding?? And to add insult to injury every bodies code is different. Putting exactly when it was made & a LARGE EXPIRY DATE on it can not be that hard. This is a real no brainer.
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A Magnificent post. I salute you for this excellent contribution.

Into the data base it goes.
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Well after a week of looking over canned food isles of ACME, Superfresh, Target and such it does seem like Hormel products & Tuna is a little longer dated than others. Most stuff right now are dated up to 2010, while (Hormel) Spam, Corn Beef, Chili, Stew & such are dated 2011.

Payday tomorrow. Think I’ll invest in a few cans of each, along with some tomato products and canned fruits to start my reserves. And add a few more cans on our usual weekly grocery day.
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Well after a week of looking over canned food isles of ACME, Superfresh, Target and such it does seem like Hormel products & Tuna is a little longer dated than others. Most stuff right now are dated up to 2010, while (Hormel) Spam, Corn Beef, Chili, Stew & such are dated 2011.

Payday tomorrow. Think I’ll invest in a few cans of each, along with some tomato products and canned fruits to start my reserves. And add a few more cans on our usual weekly grocery day.
That's what I am doing. I stock my reserves by year, so in 2009, I'll start tucking in to the 2010 stash, and will replace with stock with a BIUB date of 2011 or after.
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The " Best Buy " dates are more for marketing purposes than shelf life.

In fact commercial canned goods last many many years if stored properly.
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