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Last weekend, I came across some commercially canned products (various types of food) I'd tucked into a storage locker in a seldom-visited location probably more than 6 years ago and then forgotten about. I would have thought that a mere 5 or 6 years was still in the safe storage period (with of course considerable loss of vitamins)- but nooooo, one or more cans had leaked and corroded the others, which in turn leaked... well you get the idea. Everything was mummified so there was little to no smell, but cleanup was still nasty and embarrasing, both. Since I've done similar things with cans in the past, and for longer, this leakage was a considerable surprise to me, not to say that it should have been. Word to the wise- rotate often!
 

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Sweets, any chance any of those canned goods could have gotten frozen?
No real chance at all, despite my northern location. GI1

I suspect that the first can to go was full of fruit cocktail or perhaps sliced peaches, so there was probably a certain internal acid factor involved- I'm pretty sure the first can went from the inside. I mean, I must have looked in at least a couple of times over those years and I would have seen major rust on the outside. I did learn long ago not to long-term store anything with canned tomatos in it.

At least I didn't find the stuff like that when I really needed it and it couldn't be replaced. Lesson learned, version 87-C (2011).

And re freezing: I once read a warning to owners of hunting camps and so on that cans left to freeze might develop "micro-holes" and go bad. However I've eated from previously frozen cans and am still here- as with all canned goods, as long as you hear the vacuum sound upon opening, you know there's no problem. And freezing could lead to leaking, obviously.
 
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