June 13, 2019
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How long will canned food last in your RV?
Most food authorities say that canned food will last for two years or longer, but experts say that’s completely arbitrary. In reality, if a can’s seal is not broken it can last for many years longer. But to be on the safe side, follow these procedures for food stored for emergencies, or when trying to stretch a couple more days into your boondocking trips:
Write the date of purchase on the top of the can with a permanent marker and store in a cool, dry compartment. RVers often deal with broader temperature swings than at home, but the cooler you can keep the cans the less chance they’ll have of overheating.
Before using, inspect the can for dents (a can with a large dent may have an invisible, broken seal), bulging (a bad sign — throw the can out immediately) and leaking. Never eat canned food that has a strange odor or flavor, or that spurts when it is opened.
The Food Reference website states: “Canned food retains its safety and nutritional value well beyond two years, but it may have some variation in quality, such as a change of color and texture. Canning is a high-heat process that renders the food commercially sterile. Food safety is not an issue in products kept on the shelf or in the pantry for long periods of time. In fact, canned food has an almost indefinite shelf life at moderate temperatures (75 degrees F and below). Canned food as old as 100 years has been found in sunken ships and was still microbiologically safe!”
In canned foods, preservatives are used to maintain quality. The canning process keeps it safe. If a product is correctly processed, it should remain safe until opened or the seal is broken. —Bob Difley
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Get a “handle” on your screen door
Keeping out the bugs while letting in the fresh air is supposed to be your screen door’s job. Trouble is, too many of them don’t have a convenient grab bar to pull them shut, so we may get a bit lazy and leave ’em open – an “open invite” to those pesky bugs. Head on down to the hardware emporium and get a drawer-pull handle, big enough to get your hand around. Drill holes through a screen door cross-member appropriate to the pull hardware, then use shorter screws and washers that you also got at the hardware store to run through those newly drilled holes. Now it’ll be easier to pull that door shut and keep the critters outside.
Cut food costs when “cooking in”
Don’t waste food by putting leftovers in the refrigerator for a few days and then tossing them out. Food is one of the biggest expenses in your budget so, naturally, it presents one of the biggest opportunities to save money. One of the best ways to save money is to not waste food by throwing it out.
Plan most meals by looking at the leftovers that are in the refrigerator and then deciding what you will need to go with those leftovers to make a meal. If you don’t want the same thing two meals in a row, at least plan to use the leftovers at the following meal.
By all means, don’t just put leftovers in the back of the refrigerator and forget about them for a few days. After all, RV refrigerators are small and it doesn’t take many half-empty bowls to take up all of the room. Look at it this way: The more leftovers you eat, the more money there will be in the budget to go out to eat.
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LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
Bill was very religious. Every Sunday after church, he’d play golf. As he grew older, he slowed down and eventually became so sick he couldn’t play anymore. “I just hope golf is played in Heaven,” he told his wife who suggested he go to church and pray. And so he did. He thanked God for his wonderful life. “I hope you’ll allow me to play golf in Heaven,” he asked.
A voice thundered before him at the pew: “This is God. I will grant your request, but, first, some news. Would you like the good or the bad news first?” Bill answered, “The good news.” God replied, ”Okay, the good news is that there are beautiful championship golf courses in Heaven.” Bill was filled with joy and thanked God. He then asked, “Now what’s the bad news?” God replied, “You tee off tomorrow at 10.”
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