Dented can ok. Any bottle or can that lost the air seal throw away.
Earl of Sandwich
I love B & M brown bread in a can, and I always buy 5 or 6 cans when I’m at Jungle Jim’s to get me "through".
About the only reason I go into a Wegman’s in central NJ anymore these days is to pick up Grandma Brown’s Beans and B&M Brown Bread (also, they’ve got the best selection around of Dr. Brown’s sodas, including Cel-Ray, in their "ethnic" section).
For awhile they were carrying cheese curds (blanking on the NY cheese maker’s name) altho’ they haven’t been in stock lately (and, of course, are seldom as fresh as a true cc-fanatic would wish). They used to be one of the few sources of Cranberry soda in NJ via their store brand, but that’s never in stock lately either.
I know that Wegman’s sort of went around the NYC metro area in it’s move south, but if you get out to ‘Jersey, you can always pick up some.
(For what I understand, the "dented can" avoidance rule dates from the era when lead solder was used on the seam, so it’s not really applicable today.)
Dented can should be OK.. You’ll hear the air suck in when you hit it with the can opener. As for the broken seal on a bottle, 86 it.. Glad to read you found a personal treasure trove to ship home to yourself!
I buy dented cans all the time at the reduced price places. Just not the ones that are damaged on the seam itself.
On my recent trip to Central NY, I bought some local items that I can’t find in NYC and shipped them to myself. No more room in the luggage! Here are the pics:
A few cans of Grandma Brown’s baked beans, made in Mexico, NY. I grew up on these baked with bacon, mustard and brown sugar. A real taste of my childhood.
B & M baked beans and brown bread in a can. Not a Central NY thing, but we had it a lot growing up anyway and I haven’t had it in years, so I just had to buy it when I saw it in Wegmans.
Salamida State Fair Chicken BBQ sauce. A relative of the spiedie sauce, I actually like this one better.
Sal’s Sassy Sauce from Sal’s Birdland. I used to get delivery from there in Syraucse when I would visit my sister in the dorms while she was at S.U. It’s a mustard based sauce with lots of red pepper flakes. And Brooks’ BBQ sauce from Brooks’ BBQ in Oneonta, NY. This is their Chicken Sauce and appears to me to be a version of a sauce used to make "Cornell Chicken", a local specialty.
My question is that even though I wrapped these items in bubble wrap and newspaper, one of the Salamida bottle tops cracked and the cans of Grandma Browns and B & M are dented. Are they ok to eat? I had always heard that dented cans had to be thrown out as the seal had been compromised. I haven’t tossed them and I’ll check them out before deciding to toss them, but i there a hard and fast rule, or is it more of an "old wives tale" of sorts? Thanks!
Some local favorites and a question…
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