How long can canned goods be stored for?

I would like to know the length of time canned food can be stored? Is it the date on the can or can you keep it longer. I understand it is no longer any good when the can bulges or leaks, etc.

Thanks.
Billie from Sharpsburg, GA

Answers:

How long can canned goods be stored for?

If the can bulges or leaks, throw it away. Vacuum sealed foods such as can goods are good for five years past the expiration date on the can. I help out with a food pantry and they have to go to classes to learn "pantry etiquette". (10/31/2006)

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How long can canned goods be stored for?

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"In general, high-acid canned foods such as tomatoes, grapefruit, and pineapple can be stored on the shelf 12 to 18 months; low-acid canned foods such as meat, poultry, fish, and most vegetables will keep 2 to 5 years, if the can remains in good condition and has been stored in a cool, clean, dry place."
(10/31/2006)

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