How Many Years Can You Store Canned Food?

Canned food is a great way to stock up on groceries without having to worry about spoilage. It is a shelf-stable food that can last for years when stored properly. But how long can you actually store canned food?

Canned food has a long shelf life, but the exact length of time depends on the type of food and the storage conditions. In general, canned foods will last for up to two years after the “best by” or expiration date printed on the can or package. This includes most fruits, vegetables, beans, soups and stews.

Canned meats, fish and poultry typically have a longer shelf life of up to five years if stored properly.

When storing canned foods for extended periods of time it is important to follow proper storage procedures. Always store cans in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Avoid exposure to extreme temperatures as this can cause cans to swell and burst. In addition, check cans regularly for any signs of swelling or leaking which may indicate spoilage or contamination with bacteria or other contaminants.


Canned foods can be stored for up to two years past the “best by” date if stored properly in cool and dry conditions away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. Certain types of canned meats may even last up to five years when stored correctly.