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Storing Canned Food

Jan Rasmussen, Extension Educator

Revised 2011 by author; reviewed May, 2014 by Kathy Brandt, Extension Educator — Food Safety.

There are limits to how long food quality can be preserved. Why? Several factors limit the shelf-life of canned foods.

Never use foods from containers with
these spoilage warning signs: loose or
bulging lids on jars; bulging, leaking or
badly dented cans (especially along the
top, side and bottom seams), or foods
with a foul odor.

To store canned food wisely, follow these guidelines:

Temperatures over 100 degrees
Fahrenheit are harmful to canned foods.

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