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How long will a #10 can of food [beans, corn, ect.] last after it has been opened and what is the best to store it after it has been opened?

-- james A. Jones (, October 28, 1998


I'd say it's no more than 24 hrs. at room temperature. If you can keep it cool, probably 1 week. The best bet would be to avoid buying cans larger than you could consume in one meal. Where I live, it would be easy to make use of the garage or screen porch as a fridge (or freezer) in Nov. thru March.

-- Mike (, October 28, 1998.

If you mean dehydrated food, like dried beans and corn and things, then you will have significantly more than 24 would want to keep the lids on, and the cans in a cool dry place, as long as you have the can opened.

If you are thinking of getting # 10 cans of non-dehydrated foods, you'd better have some friends to share that much refried beans or whatever with!

-- Karen Cook (, October 29, 1998.


Due to the type of processing and inadequate packaging, Regular Canned Goods & Dry Foods packaged in Cardboard Boxes & Plastic Bags as purchased from the shelves in Grocery Stores ARE NOT SUITED FOR A LONG-TERM FOOD STORAGE PROGRAM!

This Summary Outline provides guidance on the various Types & Storage Methods of Specialty Food Products that are processed and packaged to go far beyond the Short Shelf-Life of Regular Canned, Boxed and Bagged Foods.

While it is possible to acquire enough expertise to determine the various different types and quantities of food needed for a Nutritionally-Sound Balanced Diet using Wet-Packed, Dried and Dehydrated Foods, the biggest obstacle for most individuals planning their own Long-Term Food Storage Program is how to package and store the food for Maximum Useful Shelf-Life.

The first questions are:

What sort of containers should I use?

Must the containers be Food Grade?

When using Plastic Bags inside a container, must the Plastic Bag be Food Grade?

How many Plastic Bags must I use to make certain that no air or moisture will get in the food?

How do I seal the Plastic Bags? Wire-Twist Ties? Tape? Both?

What should I do to prevent Bugs & Other Vermin from contaminating the food? Use Dry Bay Leaves ?

Do I need a Vacuum Suction Pump to remove excess air from the food container?

How do I remove Moisture & Oxygen from the food container?

What sort of Desiccant do I use to remove Moisture -- and where can I buy them?

What do I use to remove Oxygen -- Nitrogen, Dry Ice or other method?

All of these questions are very logical, and require Expert Answers that are not always readily available.

Everyone has opinions and different recommendations as to the types of Containers, Method of Packing, Extracting Moisture & Oxygen, Sealing and Storing the food.

Does it hurt dry food to be frozen? Is it alright to store food in your attic since Im short of storage space, and also want to hide my food supply from prying eyes?

The absolutely worst environment for any type of food [dry or wet] is a Warm or Hot Place.

No, it doesnt hurt Dry Foods [Wheat, Rice, Lentils, Corn, Beans, Granulated Sugar, Cereals etc] to be frozen. In fact, freezing is desirable to extend the Useful Shelf-Life of Dry Foods -- and certain types of Wet Packed Foods. Since water expands when frozen, you obviously dont want to freeze food in a Glass Jar, Metal Container or Other Container that will break, distend or rupture from expansion due to freezing.

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1 month @ 120F

5 months @110F

22 months @100F

55 months @ 90F

76 months @80F

100 months @ 70F

130 months @ 60 F

MREs have an Indefinite Shelf-Life when stored frozen -- but you must avoid fluctuating temperatures in and out of the freezing zone.

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