Dented cans. Occasionally we come across dented cans. Some places even specialize in them offering them at low prices.
I'm not talking about leaking cans.
The question is this: Are dented cans okay to use?
The answer here is no.
A dented can can bring on a good case of botulism, or possibly somthing else other than an "off" taste.
Maybe only one in a thousand dented cans becomes poisonous. But remember, very rarley are you going to be able to detect it such as Chef described.
Chances are good that you have a chioce. You're right there at the grocery store. Put back that dented one and get a good one. Or send that bent can back to your supplier. You don't have to accept it.
If you are in the food biz and the health inspector sees a shelf full of dented cans it might not be pretty for you.
So, if only say, one in a thousand is bad, is it really worth the risk to save fifty cents.
It's like playing with a loaded gun.
Last edited by bbqjoe; 05-19-2006 at 10:22 AM..