Didn’t occur to me till this morning that I’ve never in life actually cracked one of these cans open. So let’s just say that the can was still pressurized (“packed in nitrogen atmosphere”) and while there are rust spots on the outside the inside is pristine.
The contents look for all the world like freeze dried spaghetti…
I tried it at five minutes and the pasta was still spongy. At 10 it seemed to have fully rehydrated.
Doesn’t look like much. But you know, it’s not completely terrible. I’m not sure I’d serve it to the Queen, but it compares quite favorably to my memory of canned spaghetti, which I hated as a boy. Thought I might need to bury it in parmesan, but the dehydrated cheese already in it really comes through. The little chunks of beef are kind of chewy, more or less exactly like really old TVP, but all in all it’s quite edible. I finished the bowl, it’s been half an hour, and my stomach isn’t in any sort of rebellion.
40 year old freeze dried spaghetti: Still worth eating! Thumbs up.
Next test: 40 year old vegetable stew with beef.