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Old 12-12-2007, 07:27 PM   #1
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Question Shelf life of canned pears?

I've had cuple of canes of Del Monte pears, for quite a while actually, not sure how long though. So finally today I opened them, they looked good, tasted fine, but the smell was the smell of a barell of hering. How long canned fruits should less. There was no date on the can. I also had a can of peaches, I'm sure just as old and that was fine.

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Old 12-12-2007, 07:31 PM   #2
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LOL I can't say I ever smelled a barrell of Herring but YUCK!!!!
We go thru canned fruit pretty fast in our house in the winter, just because fresh variety is worthless at the store. But I'm thinking 1 1/2 to 2 years is what's usually on the can? Lemme go look.
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Old 12-12-2007, 07:36 PM   #3
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We musta eaten the pears,
but my peaches say 2010, mandarin oranges say 02 / 2009.
That just seems so wrong doesn't it, when they don't keep in the fridge over 2 weeks???? hmmmmm
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Old 12-12-2007, 07:40 PM   #5
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Old 12-12-2007, 07:45 PM   #6
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Old 12-12-2007, 08:05 PM   #7
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I have used some canned goods that were pretty old (3-5 yrs), and they were fine.
On the other hand, I had a 14 oz. can of tomato paste that was only a few months past the use-by date, and it exploded in my pantry. I think it probably got dropped and busted it's seal. I didn't discover it until the stuff was dried on.

They say the food is all right as long as the seal isn't broken (top of can should not pop when pressed), but I opened some tuna once that tasted kind funny...not spoiled, but old. I think that was the deal with your pears, Charlie. Since none of us are starving, my advice is to throw it away.

I actually have a big can of pears and another of peaches that I've had several years. Maybe I should look them over.
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Old 12-12-2007, 09:09 PM   #8
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Old 12-12-2007, 09:30 PM   #9
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I did toss it. I am famous for eating all kind of junk. But this just smelled so yucky, brrrr
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It is amazing to me how something "fresh" can be stuck in a can and made to last such a long time. :-)
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