Can you freeze tinned food?
When coronavirus happened I got carried away and panic bought tinned food. I know have approximately
48 cans of tomato soup
24 cans of chicken soup
24 cans of vegetable soup
48 cans of corned beef
48 cans of baked beans
48 cans of marrowfat peas
24 cans of potatoes
8 cans of sweetcorn
12 cans of tuna chunks
8 cans of chilli con carne
Obviously it's going to take a while to get through all of that.
Is it possible to store these goods in the freezer to extend their shelf life?
- Anonymous1 month agoFavorite Answer
Yes, if you wanted you could remove the food from the cans, put it in suitable containers and freeze it.
No sane person would do that though unless they were really stupid.
Canned food, provided the can is not damaged, will last for decades - longer than frozen food.
- 1 month ago
Not much of a panic buyer are you - 3 meals a day 7 days a week= roughly 2 months worth of food.
- RichardLv 71 month ago
Items in tins (or "cans" in the US) last almost forever - and the dates printed on them are irrelevant. In fact, when I was a kid, somebody found some canned goods made for NAPOLEON's troops, and they were found to be completely safe to eat.
Stuff that was canned 100 years ago remain OK, provided they are well sealed, not dented, and not bulging. And don't freeze the cans: that could cause a problem.
- 1 month ago
You best get to eatin son
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- 1 month ago
You shouldn't have to because it has an expiry date, but it last for ages anyway
- N.E.K.O™Lv 51 month ago
No need, because the lid on the tin has an expiration dateSource(s): NEKO ™
- Nikki PLv 71 month ago
The idea behind buying or canning foods is that you DO NOT have to freeze it to keep it from going "bad"
Canned foods will last long past the "Best by, Sell by, Use by" date that is on the can. Notice the word "expiration date" is not used.
Keeping canned foods in a cool, dry location will be just fine. If any cans are dented or damaged in any way either toss them or use them (as long as the can is not bulging or leaking). Stored properly they will last a LONG time.
If for some unknown reason you want to freeze these items you will have to remove the food from the can and transfer the food to a zip top bag or other airtight container. Leave room for expansion. (this is why you can not freeze the food directly in the can it was processed in)
- kswck2Lv 71 month ago
If they are tinned/canned, they do not need to be frozen. Indeed they will last for Years by themselves. But if you find that you no longer want them ANY food bank or soup kitchen will be more than happy to take them off your hands, and depending on where you live, you may even get a tax deduction for the donation.
- Christin KLv 71 month ago
You don't have to! Tinned food will last you 20 years or more. You don't have to open it and freeze it--you'll actually SHORTEN its life by doing that. As long as you keep the tins from becoming dented or punctured, you can keep it on the shelf for a good two decades.
- EvaLv 71 month ago
Canned foods don't need to be frozen (that's why they're canned!) and freezing them can cause the cans to split. They have a very long shelf life. If you don't want to store them, donate them to your local food pantry.