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Is Frozen Canned Food Safe?

After my grocery shopping trip, I accidentally left a can of refried beans and a can of diced chilies in my car and they froze! The cans look swollen now. Is the food safe to eat?
Is Frozen Canned Food Safe?

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That’s a good reminder for all of us to check our vehicles in the winter to be sure that we bring in all of our groceries. Because you just purchased the food and they were not swollen when you bought them, the cans are useable.


Let the cans thaw in the refrigerator before opening them. If the product doesn’t look and/or smell “normal,” throw it out without tasting it. Heat the food thoroughly before serving. The good news: You have some of the ingredients for this month’s recipe.

Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Featured in Food Wise January 2013 (PDF)

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