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Aug 24, 2012 04:23 PM

Food storage

I have a question about food storage. I have been putting cans of unopened food in the frige, meat, vegetables, fruit, etc. Now I am wondering if I can take the cans out and store them in the pantry to make room in my frige. Will it make a difference in quality and use by date to go from cold cans to room temperature?
Thanks for any reply

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  1. It is totally unnecessary to put UNopened cans of food in the refrigerator.

    I am not sure why anyone would do that in the first place.

    1. Unless you purchases them cold there is no need to store them cold as long as they are unopened.

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      1. re: al b. darned

        I'm not sure under what circumstances you'd buy them cold and need to keep them cold. Surely the canning process is, inherently, the only storage medium needed.

        1. re: Harters

          The only case I know of is canned crab meat I buy at my local market which is purchased from the refrigerated case and the can advises to "keep refrigerated."

          1. re: al b. darned

            I wonder why they bother using a can rather than plastic if indeed it's not canned in the preservation sense of the term? Metal's expensive!

      2. Like everyone is saying. Canning preserves food at room temperature indefinitely; that's why the makers give them long sell-by dates and food stores put them on open shelves. Same with sealed glass jars and bottles, though you may want to keep some of them (olive oil) out of the light.

        Once opened and exposed to microbes in the air, they may then need to be refrigerated or frozen.

        1. I can't think of any canned product that require storage in the refridgerator. There are some bottled items that are sold cold that I believe it is neccesary to keep refridgerated such as some brands of horseradish and pickles.

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          1. re: NE_Elaine

            Canned food, if uncontaminated and sealed properly, will be non-lethal forever, but its quality will deteriorate over the span of years. Storing the cans in a hot pantry will hasten the process. If you don't have a coolish place to store these, then refrigeration might be a good idea. The least expensive alternative would be a closet wine cooler, which you might be able to find on Craigslist for not too much. There was one offered in a club auction last year that went for $20; I'd have bid on it if I'd brought a car it would fit into.