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Old 06-22-2010, 08:25 PM   #1
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Food storage in between trips

What is the general guideline for leaving canned foods and boxed food in the coach between trip when the coach can get pretty hot just sitting in the summer? We sometimes have a week or two between out trip and the wife is worried about food being damaged by the heat, but it is a lot of work to remove and repacked every time we go out.
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Nothing that has been opened (box, can or jar) stays. Once camping, cans and jars are checked same as when purchasing or at home prior to opening.

FYI- the above info was provided by a reliable source, my DW. She has never had to toss anything out. Now if you use my method of checking, the signs of trouble would involve frequent use of the bathroom and or a trip to the ER.
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Tony,

Tell Sheryl I stock the pantry at the start of the season in April with non-perishables like canned veggies/fruit/soups/Manwich/hot dog chili, dried pasta - i.e. rice-a-roni/pasta-roni.mac n cheese - powdered drink mixes, tea bags, dry jello/pudding/cake mixes, microwave popcorn, dry cereal gets put in airtight Tupperware & a set of cooking spices. I leave all that in there the entire season - replacing what we eventually eat - & remove any unused items when we winterize for winter storage in Nov. It can easily get into the low 100's inside the coach when we're not using it on hot/humid/sunny days here. In 10 seasons of camping I've never had an issue with damage to the food & I've never had critters get in either. Just like Bob, though, I do periodically inspect the foodstuffs to be sure nothing's changed or the containers compromised.

The only loading/unloading I do each trip is the cooler of stuff that goes in the fridge/freezer & a copy paper size box with breads/fruits/cooking spray/oil. Very little to transfer each time.

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Bob & Lori;

Thanks for the excellent advice for us new campers. Lori, I didn't see CHEETO'S on your list probably because they constantly need replenishing.?
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Lori, I didn't see CHEETO'S on your list probably because they constantly need replenishing.?
Those are Frank's responsibility.

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Even though this is an old post, I feel that some additional advise could be helpful. With most canned items (solid food or beverages)the problem is not the absolute temperature during storage, but temperature transitions. This means, the more temperature movements a canned good sees form cold to hot to cold, the more the quality deteriorates.

This does not mean that the food cannot be eaten anymore, but that the taste, possible vitamins and some minerals will go down the tube.
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