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Do you worry about dented cans?

Old 11-18-2020, 12:36 PM
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I usually don't. My mother was that way and I guess old habits die hard.
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Old 11-18-2020, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by rjwilder View Post
You can only get botulism if the dent has caused a tiny pinhole in the can. If you open a dented can and foam or liquid spurts out of it don't eat it. Also if the food is discolored, moldy or smells horrible don't eat it. A small dent in a can is ok, but if it's a big deep dent don't eat it. I've eaten lots of food from dented cans and have never gotten sick.
I agree with rjwilder. And I won't use a can that's bulging.
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Old 11-18-2020, 02:51 PM
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Doh, I read the title as dented cams. I thought a quick spin the the machine would tell you if they work or not, but I waspuzzled on how one would bend one.
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Old 11-18-2020, 06:42 PM
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Dented cans don't scare me. If it leaks or bulges I would not use it.
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Old 11-19-2020, 07:04 AM
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Originally Posted by rjwilder View Post
You can only get botulism if the dent has caused a tiny pinhole in the can.
This is wrong - botulism only grows in an anaerobic environment, so it won't grow if the seal is broken, but lots and lots of other nasty stuff will.

The good part, most of that other stuff you can taste or smell (unlike botulism).

The number one concern with botulism is a well sealed container that was not processed at a high enough temperature for a low acid food (it won't form in high acid foods).
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Old 11-19-2020, 08:57 AM
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If t he dent is a sharp dent I prefer not to buy it. Soft dents I will buy at a discount. Bulges are dangerous. Stay away from them. Call Target and let them know about the dents maybe they will credit you somehow especially since this was a special order.
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Old 11-19-2020, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by juliasb View Post
If t he dent is a sharp dent I prefer not to buy it. Soft dents I will buy at a discount. Bulges are dangerous. Stay away from them. Call Target and let them know about the dents maybe they will credit you somehow especially since this was a special order.
they replaced 5 cans. They shipped them but I haven't got them yet so I don't know if they're also dented or not.
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Old 11-19-2020, 03:41 PM
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All 5 new cans are dented. They didn't use any packing at all in the box. I chatted with them and got a refund but I really need the dang chilies.
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Old 11-19-2020, 07:29 PM
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Restaurants use dented cans, hospitals use dented cans, food kitchens use dented cans. If you have eaten any of these places you have eaten from a dented can.
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Old 11-20-2020, 04:24 AM
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The large cans of cream of mushroom soup that I bought at beginning of pandemic were not dented, but expired (I noticed as I was preparing dinner). HEB took them back, no problems, but an inconvenience. I don't use cans that are expired, do you?
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