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Tins from a Lost Age

Many people have asked me just how long tinned food can last, and my answer has normally been... forever. Tinned food is in fact the only thing which will still be living after a nuclear blast. Due to not going shopping yesterday and feeling particularly daring, last night I decided to test this theory out by cooking a tin of canneloni which I bought in Tenerife for the Atlantic crossing and which was manufactured six years ago. After carefully scraping the corrosion off the tin, it opened with a hiss of de-pressurisation, then I cooked it as per instructions, and it tasted... fine. As of today I appear to be suffering no ill effects. And in tomorrow's experiment...

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