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  1. #1
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    Rust on cans

    I've brought this up before but wnat to revisit the situation.

    My pantry is nice, although there is no a/c vent in the room and little insulation, two sides are on an outside wall. DH may have put insulation in the walls and I'm not sure about the ceiling.

    There are many cans that have rust on the rims. I've opened a few of the cans and the product is fine. I wondering if I should dehydrate the corn, green beans and sweet peas that have rust on the can rims.

    The rusty cans prompted me to start stocking the cans in some open book shelves in our front room (its a big room that was added to the front of our mobile home). This room also houses our wood stove. Those cans are all holding up fine, but the also get daily light on them (the pantry is kept dark, unless I'm in there). I had to move about 100 cans to the she shed because I ran out of room on those shelves. We get a lot of canned food from two sources of commodities that we just don't use every day, so I have a large stash of basics; corn, green beans, sweet peas, tomatoes, potatoes, etc. I'm seeing a steady supply of veggie soup this winter.

    I do share some foods that we get from commodities that we would most likely never use. But the other stuff is part of my food stores.

    As long as the cans are not bulged or otherwise not in good shape, I'm not giving those basics away.

    Judy

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    Judy, I've got cans with rust on them too. Dh used to eat a lot of pears, so I stocked them pretty heavy. It's hard to find the ones he ate that had no HFC. All those cans are rusted. The ones I have opened have been fine though. I don't have ac in my pantry either. I don't know about dehydrating.
    A steady supply of veggie soup sounds wonderful!

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    Sounds like the humidity in the room is a bit high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20Gauge View Post
    Sounds like the humidity in the room is a bit high.
    Exactly, and its hard to correct.

    Judy

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    if you spray PAM or rub veggie oil on the opening end of the cans you can reduce that rusting under almost all storage conditions >>> you need to keep the dust off - even dried the dust sticks better than a bare metal can lid .....

    I store cans upside down - individual cans on the pantry shelf and when I whole case store them for bulk food storage - to help with the moisture & dust I stretch wrap the whole case - used to include a small desiccant pack but I found it wasn't necessary ....
    Illini Warrior

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    Quote Originally Posted by nomifyle View Post
    Exactly, and its hard to correct.

    Judy
    Living in the south, I do understand that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Illini Warrior View Post
    if you spray PAM or rub veggie oil on the opening end of the cans you can reduce that rusting under almost all storage conditions >>> you need to keep the dust off - even dried the dust sticks better than a bare metal can lid .....

    I store cans upside down - individual cans on the pantry shelf and when I whole case store them for bulk food storage - to help with the moisture & dust I stretch wrap the whole case - used to include a small desiccant pack but I found it wasn't necessary ....
    I have hundreds of cans of food, I have to double and triple stack. I do see where plastic wrap would help, I just opened a can of turkey that came in a stack wrapped in plastic. The can was perfect and so was the food. I'll consider the plastic wrap, but not the Pam. I live in an old house that gets dust that I cannot control it all the time.

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    Judy

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