Storing canned goods is an important part of prepping. If you are storing canned foods, some specific steps need to be taken to ensure the food stays safe for consumption. This article will cover what you need to know about storing canned goods and how long those items can last when stored under different conditions.
About canned food
Canned food is one of the most common ways for preppers to store food. The process of canning at home involves cooking the food and then sealing it in a jar or tin, which is hermetically sealed so that bacteria cannot enter. Canned foods are versatile and can be found almost anywhere that food is sold.
There are many benefits to canned foods: they last much longer than fresh produce, there’s no need for refrigeration, and you don’t have to worry as much about spoilage since cans are made out of heavy-duty aluminum with an inside lining containing either wax or enamel.
Many canned goods also come with pickled vegetables like corn kernels, onion rings, peas, carrots and others thrown into them. These items will help ensure your family gets all the necessary vitamins and minerals needed in an emergency situation.
Why is storing canned goods and foods so important?
Storing canned goods is one of the smartest options when prepping for an emergency situation. Because of their long shelf life, canned goods are a great option for keeping your family well-fed, and it ensures that you will have easy access to food in the event of sudden power outages or other emergencies.
Additionally, canned goods are a good option for storing because they are inexpensive, so it’s fairly easy to store them away even on a budget.
Most importantly, canned foods provide an excellent opportunity for variety when stockpiling meals.
Canned foods are also good for storing because they do not require any refrigeration, making them a convenient option no matter where you are. Canned foods that have been cooked or canned at home will also be free of preservatives and additives.
Considering all these benefits, it’s clear why canned goods should be an essential part of any emergency food storage plan.
Shelf life and expiration dates of canned goods
The shelf life of canned goods is usually between one and two years but can be as long as five, according to manufacturers; what may surprise you, however, is that canned food can actually have a much, much longer shelf life than this if stored properly.
You can find the expiration date on any canned product; it is generally located on the top or the bottom. This is usually scheduled as per manufactured guidelines and is the timeline when the food’s texture, taste, and nutritional value will remain at its peak quality.
The shelf life of canned food depends on the temperature at which it is stored, which should always be under room temperature.
Lower acidic foods (meat, potatoes) will have a longer shelf life than higher acidic foods (pickles), and in general, foods that are canned at home with no added preservatives will have the shortest shelf life.
There is a lot of misinformation on how long canned food lasts when the truth is it usually lasts much longer than is claimed by expiration date; this has been confirmed by multiple studies done on the subject.
While canned food’s tastes and textures may change, most nutritional value in canned food will remain for many decades past what is printed on the can. The way the canned goods are stored can make a difference in how well the food itself holds up over time.
Pros and cons of storing canned food when prepping
just like any other food source you may have in your stockpile, canned foods have some pros and cons.
Here are the main points:
- The cost of canned goods is typically cheaper than fresh foods.
- Canned food at the grocery store has a surprisingly diverse array of options.
- Most canned items can be eaten without heating, convenient for people on the go.
- An empty tin can may be used for a wide range of other purposes, such as cooking.
- Can be bought in bulk to save money.
- Canned foods generally need no refrigeration.
- Canned foods usually have a considerable amount of water, which can be beneficial if hydration is an issue.
- Canned goods are found in a variety of places, be it grocery stores or convenience shops.
- One downside of canned goods is that they are typically heavier and more awkward to carry.
- Canned goods take up a considerable amount of space.
- Canned goods must be stored at a proper temperature to maintain long shelf life.
- Often, canned goods require a can opener.
- You may have difficulty managing spoilage and rotation.
The proper temperature canned goods should be stored at
This is one part of storing canned goods that is often overlooked. It is important to store canned goods at the correct temperature to last as long as possible.
Most canned goods should be stored as close to 50 degrees Fahrenheit as possible.
These foods will be very stable at room temperature (65-72F), but they will retain the best texture and nutrient value when stored at around 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Canned food should not be kept at temperatures below freezing, as it compromises the texture of the food and may impact the integrity of the can.
Many people unknowingly store their canned foods above room temperature, which will deteriorate the food’s quality and make it unsafe for consumption.
The problem with storing cans at higher than room temperature is that heat from these sources will cause bacteria growth in an already warm environment–leading to spoilage.
Keeping your canned goods at a consistent temperature where the cans are stored is very important. Canned foods exposed to high and low temperatures will cause significant degradation in quality and reduce shelf life. Select a room, closet, or storage area of your home that has stable year-round temperatures.
Rotating your canned food is important
Rotating your stored canned goods is necessary to ensure that you have the best quality of food available.
Rotating your canned goods is important for several reasons–to prevent spoilage, wastefulness, or other potential health hazards that come with ingesting expired canned food.
The best way to rotate your canned goods is by using a “first-in, first-out” method–meaning that you should start with the oldest cans and use them before newer ones to ensure freshness and accessibility.
Proper labelling is necessary and should be placed on the faced-out side of each can so that you can keep track.
Store canned foods that you and your family are actually going to eat
While having a large stockpile of canned food is great, it isn’t going to matter if you’re storing away things that your family doesn’t like.
Make sure to store canned goods that you and your family are going to actually eat so that when the time comes for a disaster or emergency, you won’t have to worry about eating canned food items that no one likes.
Final thoughts on storing canned goods
Storing canned goods is a great way to make sure you have food on hand during an emergency. We all know how important it is to be prepared for anything, including stocking up on groceries in the case of natural disasters or power outages.
If you’re considering buying some items now that are likely to last through those times when fresh produce isn’t available, then consider storing canned foods as well.
Canned foods can come in handy because they store longer and don’t require refrigeration; one less thing you need to worry about if there happens to be no electricity.