Those in frequent can failures

It doesn’t happen that often, but while rummaging through the food stocks I came across this:

20160812_214504Note the can on the right. It’s a bit tough to see on a two-dimensional plane, but that thing is bulging like BIll Clinton’s trousers at sorority party. (And before you get worked up, that can on the left isn’t leaking…it just picked up some liquid that was on the counter when I sat the cans down.)

As you know, when a can is bulging it’s a sign that you’ve gone from having stored food to having the one of the basic building blocks of botulism poisoning.

My experience has been that high-acid foods like tomatoes are the ones most likely to have problems. As I think back, every can failure I’ve had has been with high-acid food.

Age? Well, these cans have been sitting in the classic ‘cool dark place’ at slightly less than room temperature for the last eight years. Eight years isn’t that long on canned foods, but these cans were from a boutique grocery and were imported from Turkey. I’m gonna guess that high-quality enamel-lined cans are not exactly a mainstay of Turkish food processing.

Anyway, the moral of the story is next time you’re dinking around in your stored food take a gander at things and check for defects.

2 thoughts on “Those in frequent can failures

  1. It is odd, but I have also noticed that canned tomatoes are more apt to go bad than other foods. Years ago I volunteered at a poorly run food bank. I took it on myself to throw away all the bulging, leaking, and way out of date cans on the shelves. The director got pissed at me for throwing away “perfectly good food.”

  2. had the same thing with bacon spam. five cans from 2 dif batches. i have regular spam from 11 years ago that are still good. running a little experiment, so i thought the bacon flavored would be good to go. love that stuff fried up with eggs. now i’m going to use what i have and stick to regular spam for stockage. i emailed spam, they sent me some coupons but no answer as to if that is a recurring issue or not. i have had tomatoes and peaches rust out and leak but that’s kinda expected. i snoop thru my stash about once a month looking for such because if one goes bad and leaks it can rust out others under it in no time.

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