Old French canned food found in the pantry, with expiration dates. What to do?
While writing a response involving canned food, I remembered something in my pantry.
I found these just the other day. They may not be edible any longer.
1) Caviar d'Aubergines a la Russe. (Eggplant in oil seasoned with onions, tomatoes, sugar, salt and spices.) On the can are written F 24.396.01 CEE L26/06/00 P14 A 177 52
2) Bloc de Foie Gras de Canard avec Morceaux. BC 726 M FAB LE 03/10/01 CON LE 03/10/05 F 46-309-01 CEE
I am afraid these cans expired. They look fine. Not dented, clean. Should I throw them out?
Okay. Open, smell. If it seems good, then what?
I've never had canned duck liver before (knowingly). I don't have to cook it, do I?
What about the eggplant. It's all vegetables, no meat. Too old? Do cans get bad? They must - why would they bother with an expiration date, or a "best before" date?