Canned food items account for about 12% of the total grocery sales in the United States. Around 1500 different food items are preserved through the process of canning. Canning is done in order to make a particular food item available at any time of the year.
This is particularly true in case of certain fruits and vegetables which are available only in a particular season. Thus, canning allows the consumers to enjoy the food item of their choice in any season. Moreover, loading your refrigerator with canned foods saves unnecessary trips to the supermarket.
If you want to determine the shelf life of canned items, then you will have to look for its acid content. Low acid foods have a greater shelf life than those with higher acids in them. The shelf lives of various canned goods, according to the type of food items canned, are given in the following paragraphs.
To avail the optimum quality and flavor, it is recommended that you consume canned food item within a year of packaging.
Fruits and fruit juices that have surpassed their shelf life should not be consumed to avoid food poisoning.
Other dairy products, such as cheese, butter, etc., can be stored unopened for about a year in the refrigerator. Whether opened or unopened, you should never store dairy products outside the refrigerator.
Any cans with dents, rust, etc., should be discarded straightaway without bothering to check its expiry date. Also, it is recommended that you consume canned goods within a year of packaging, irrespective of the type of food, as they tend to lose out on their nutrients after 9-12 months of packaging.