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Out of date tins

Post: #271050 MEL78
Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:43 pm

Advice please is it ok to use tins past their stamped date.....daughter is making caramel shortbread but the condensed milk is 3 months out of date looks and smells and taste ok I think (years since I even tasted the stuff)

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Re: Out of date tins

Post: #271053 cideristhefuture
Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:53 pm

used tin of pre made caramel (bought so i didn't have to made up) 6 months out of date as part of cake filling. Kids and i had a Upoon full to try and no ill effects.

Have known my nan to use tinned salmon and ham over 2 years out of date, we are all still fit and well.

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Post: #271054 MEL78
Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:03 pm

thanks I'm sure it will be fine do feel a bit queasy now but that good of been the 2 large spoonfuls I had to try it out forgot how sickly but nice it is

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Post: #271056 Zech
Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:31 pm

3 months? Good grief! I recently finished off a tin of treacle that was nearly two decades past its use-by date.
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Re: Out of date tins

Post: #271063 GeorgeSalt
Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:34 pm

I agree with Zech.. 3 months isn't into the "worth worrying about" category for any tinned goods.

If the tin is undamaged and I can remember purchasing the tin within my lifetime, it's in the "probably ok" category.
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Post: #271064 MEL78
Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:58 pm

its was to make caramel shortbread so the slight risk of a head in a bucket is well and truly worth it...lol

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Re: Out of date tins

Post: #271065 Skippy
Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:14 pm

I never worry about the dates on tins either.
However, that said I always look for damage . If the label shows signs of damage though for example water then this may be an indication that at some point the tin has been stored in a less than perfect situation. Clearance sales of "de identified " tins have sometimes been removed of their labels for this reason , although this isn't a hard and fast rule as some supermarkets just don't like their names on such lines. I have also read that tins with the pull off lids, ring pull type, have a potentially shorter lifespan presumably due to the thinness of the metal.
Having said all of that pessamistic advice I've never had a problem with an undamaged can of any sort so I really wouldn't worry.


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Re: Out of date tins

Post: #271072 frozenthunderbolt
Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:29 am

if it aint bulging, and there is no rust on the inside when you open it, smells and looks ok it is probably safe if it aint meat or fish (botulism not fun).
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Re: Out of date tins

Post: #271084 Ellendra
Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:40 pm

There was a tin found in a shipwreck that was 150+ years old. Upon opening, it was found to still be in edible condition, and the cat that the contents were fed to suffered no ill effects.

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Re: Out of date tins

Post: #271086 wabbit955
Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:43 pm

as long as no dents and not swelling will be fine
use bydate are a waste of time on a lot of things
brough a load of cheep melons as used by date are up the things sat on by side for 2 more weeks before they was ripe enough to eat
cooked meats and fish produce is the only one to worry if passed dates
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Post: #271449 thethriftysquirrels
Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:52 pm

It's good to hear that someone else uses out of date treacle...I only ever use black treacle at Christmas time and always have half a tin leftover! I normally don't worry about sell-by dates on tins but the treacle specifically says 'dispose of on expiry' so it's always been a bit of a worry.
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Re: Out of date tins

Post: #271451 Mrs Moustoir
Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:20 pm

Be careful with ye olde tins of black treacle.

We had a tin explode in a cupboard once. Went off with a "bang" and coated the contents of the cupboard with an 'orrible sticky mess!

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Post: #271452 thethriftysquirrels
Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:35 pm

yuck... :pale: maybe I'll have to get it used up then...gingerbread has to be favourite!
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Re: Out of date tins

Post: #271607 Broad Bean
Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:36 am

I actually finished my tin of black treacle when I made Christmas cakes last October - remember it had a date of 1998 on it so was probably about time for a change :). Will buy new later this year when I need it again.

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Re: Out of date tins

Post: #271628 mrsflibble
Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:20 am

Ellendra wrote:There was a tin found in a shipwreck that was 150+ years old. Upon opening, it was found to still be in edible condition, and the cat that the contents were fed to suffered no ill effects.


awesome, but cats are not a good benchmark. their stomachs contain enzymes which can break down even camplobacter and salmonella....

BUT I second all above comments. as long as the tin is in tact, not bulging, no rust and undamaged, it's fine.
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