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Old 01-08-2010, 07:49 AM   #1
 
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I am going to make some veggie chilli today and the can of tomatoes I have is dented. It's not bubbling up on the top/bottom, but the dent always makes me wonder. It's the last ingredient I need and I really don't feel like going to the store.

Should I use it?
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Old 01-08-2010, 07:52 AM   #2
 
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I am going to make some veggie chilli today and the can of tomatoes I have is dented. It's not bubbling up on the top/bottom, but the dent always makes me wonder. It's the last ingredient I need and I really don't feel like going to the store.

Should I use it?
I thought the cans to avoid were the ones that were bulging, not dented? I've used dented cans without a problem.
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Old 01-08-2010, 07:53 AM   #3
 
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I had no idea a dent could cause a problem. I've probably use a bunch and I'm fine (I think ) so I'd say use it.
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I always thought dented was okay, since it meant the can was dropped or hit something during shipping. Bulging cans should be tossed.
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Old 01-08-2010, 08:34 AM   #5
 
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I have heard the bulging thing too...but any can that isn't perfect makes me wonder. I am just a little paranoid, LOL.
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Old 01-08-2010, 08:54 AM   #6
 
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Yes, I've used dented cans before, it's bulging cans that you need to watch out for, as others have mentioned.
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:10 AM   #7
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A bulging can? *snicker*
You're fine w/ a bit of a dent...
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I think we learned in a food-borne illness class that dented cans can carry botulism if the can is very badly damaged. (Don't quote me on that though...I'm too lazy to research it right now.) I never worried about it though...
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Old 01-08-2010, 10:44 AM   #9
 
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I think dented cans were more of a problem back in the day when canning processes were a little different. These days, with cans having fewer seams, you just want to look for bulging or severely dented cans that might hide the bulging.
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I've used dented cans. It's the bulging thats dangerous. I think tomatoes are among the safer foods anyway because they are acidic.

Guano here - did you know that tomatoes were originally considered poisonous? They were called love apples. Apparently someone finally ate one and lived to tell about it.

Anyway, I'm very cautious about all sorts of things but the dented can wouldn't bother me a bit. Enjoy!
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I use dented cans all the time and I'm still alive and kicking. : )
I do make sure it smells and looks ok tho, just in case there happens to be a pinhole in that dent.
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Guano here - did you know that tomatoes were originally considered poisonous? They were called love apples. Apparently someone finally ate one and lived to tell about it.
Yes, I think I've read that - because they are in the nightshade family, yes?
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I just used a dented tomato can the other day! I just make sure to be real quiet and listen for the vapor-lock sound *fffffffff!*
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small dent is ok. big dent (like a cm deep or more) is not good.
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