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What's the best way to get rid of expired canned goods?

Started 1271618001.19 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1271648490.743 by FLIM FLAM

I've got about 10 cans of beans in sauce (like the campfire stuff) that are expired.

The best thing would be to dump the contents into a green bin and recycle the cans. But, we don't have green bins anymore. Should I just dump the contents into a regular garbage bag, then, and recycle the cans?

Thanks!

Remember, you are a worthwhile person, no matter how much or how little you own. - Elizabeth Hartney

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1Hoo1271623042.141262 PostsRegistered 7/20/2009

Call your local food bank and see if they accept expired canned foods.  Ours does.

Scorpio19711271623337.79323 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

How about flushing, about half a can at a flush, maybe 1 can a day?  Then you can just recycle the tin can.  Don't know what kind of sewerage system you have, but it's a thought.  We have municipal sewerage that goes to a processing plant, is treated, solid and liquid separated and pumped way offshore as treated liquid, and the solid material sold.  If you have a septic system you might not want to do this.

Another thought,...save your paper towels after you use them for wiping hands, etc., put them in a plastic bag you might be throwing out, (ie. bread, rolls, etc.) make sure it doesn't have holes, and dump them into the old paper towels in the bag to absorb the liquid.  Tie it up and dispose in your trash.  Again, maybe 1-2 cans at a time, (it would take probably 1-2 weeks to accumulate enough used paper towels and get all the cans emptied).......{#emotions_dlg.unsure}

 

What goes around comes around.

gidgetgoes­hawaiian1271623428.8610007 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I would never flush solid food.  Do you have a garbage disposal?  If you do, that's what I'd do.  If not, I'd open the can, throw the contents away and recycle the can.

kiddo1271623583.00310263 PostsRegistered 12/6/2006
On 4/18/2010 1Hoo said:

Call your local food bank and see if they accept expired canned foods.  Ours does.

 Um.  Please.  Do not donate any food to a food bank unless you, yourself, would eat it.

After all... just because a particular food is free... doesn't mean that it's safe to eat.

 

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Scorpio19711271623832.523323 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 4/18/2010 gidgetgoeshawaiian said:

I would never flush solid food.  Do you have a garbage disposal?  If you do, that's what I'd do.  If not, I'd open the can, throw the contents away and recycle the can.

 

 

gidget.....The beans would be no more "solid" than what would "normally" be flushed.  They are probably in some type of thick or thin liquid (maybe similar to baked beans).

 

 

 

 

What goes around comes around.

gidgetgoes­hawaiian1271623882.8210007 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I know, but I still wouldn't do it.

ladyhawkeye1271627833.27146 PostsRegistered 11/24/2007

I don't remember when we started being brainwashed with the use/sell by date but they have done a good job.  We were always told that if a can didn't bulge at the top or bottom it was safe to eat and the same for home canned goods.  If the lid didn't bulge it was safe to eat.  Of course foods were more natural back then too and we were better off without all the chemicals that destroy the can.

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cherry1271628092.58716348 PostsRegistered 1/8/2005

I don't have the website any longer..But I did post what the government said is a safe requirement for eating food

 

The expiration date only means ater that time passes ,the food is no longer at is peak ,not that it is unsafe

 

The FDA tested foods canned during the civil war and said they were still wholesome, and tasted good

 

As long as bacteria can't enter to can the food is safe to eat  I will see if I can find the website it was from the FDA

HeiressinFL1271628196.0371577 PostsRegistered 8/30/2009

(IMO) Just throw them in the trash and be done with it.  Smile





cherry1271628223.98316348 PostsRegistered 1/8/2005

Here is a website, not the one I wanted ,but it backs up what I have just posted

 

http://www.internet-grocer.net/how-long.htm

Lucky Charm1271628730.086003 PostsRegistered 2/29/2008

Raven,  I think it's great that you're spring cleaning!  And good of you to still want to donate or recycle.  Very responsible.  Keep up the good work!Smile

Life's a beach!

2poodles1271629477.63188 PostsRegistered 12/7/2008

Raven,

I wouldn't flush them.  I'd afraid you might have a large plumbing bill you'd have to pay.  In my area, there organizations and churches that prepare meals for the homeless.  Just warn them the cans are expired, and when they open the cans they can make the decision to serve it to the people.  Otherwise, open them up, toss out the contents, and recycle the cans. 

RavenElaine1271632176.3774370 PostsRegistered 11/6/2007Canada

Yes, I dumped them and will recycle the cans.  Can you say hand-cramping?  LOL
I don't have an automatic opener.  I used the little hand-crank one. Broke it, too. Luckily I had a spare.

Thanks for the article, cherry. Interesting. I just didn't want to take a chance.

The company that makes these baked beans said the shelf-life is 2 years and I had them for about 3-and-a-half years.

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Remember, you are a worthwhile person, no matter how much or how little you own. - Elizabeth Hartney

RavenElaine1271632220.6534370 PostsRegistered 11/6/2007Canada

Thanks for the kind words, Lucky Charm.  :)

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Remember, you are a worthwhile person, no matter how much or how little you own. - Elizabeth Hartney

Noel71271638195.52334868 PostsRegistered 8/8/2007

I saw one of the heads of the FDA interviewed about expiration dates on canned food.  He said they're just to give you an idea of a shelf date, that the food inside is good for a much longer time.

At worst, it just wouldn't taste as good if quite a while had passed since the date.

He said that if he needed food and found a can TEN YEARS out of date, he wouldn't think twice about eating it.  He'd go for it.

"Oh, mother country, I do love you."
John Stewart

clemintine1271638629.98318211 PostsRegistered 11/5/2007C.C.

I THINK that if the can isn't expanding on the shelf, things inside are still OK.

When nana died we found rusted cans, expanded cans. She lived through the depression and never tossed anything! Onion bags?-make scrubbies!

She was the queen of recycling before it had a name.

I'd just throw the unopened can out

Interesting to note: food banks won't take out of date food

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dmrd1271642045.48609 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

You know it wasn't until recently that they put expiration dates on canned goods. It is just a date. You don't have to throw out the can unless it is bulged and then of course toss it.

LaterGator1271642486.4610084 PostsRegistered 1/9/2007

Raven, If you're not going to use it either donate it or throw it away.  It sounds like you're making great progress.  You go girl!

sylviahome­atlast1271643232.168162 PostsRegistered 6/9/2008CO

definitely recycle the cans--I'd put the contents down the disposal--so animals in the dump don't get poisoned  {#emotions_dlg.tongue_smilie}

'Tis not that Dying hurts us so--
'Tis living --hurts us more--
E. Dickinson

Lugnut1271644147.97210 PostsRegistered 8/12/2006So.CA

....you could share them with some of your closest enemies.....{#emotions_dlg.devil2}

Just kidding!

{#emotions_dlg.tongue}

RubyinNE1271644905.2677396 PostsRegistered 8/16/2009Nebraska
On 4/18/2010 Lugnut said:

....you could share them with some of your closest enemies.....{#emotions_dlg.devil2}

Just kidding!

{#emotions_dlg.tongue}

Lug, that was sort of funny in a perverse sort of way. :)  I would dispose of the contents so that no one, including an animal can ingest them.

Ruby

FLIM FLAM1271648490.7431022 PostsRegistered 7/22/2009

Just toss em in the trash.  Why go to all the trouble of opening all those cans?

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