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I have a can of Old El Paso Whole Green Chiles labeled Net Wt 4 oz. which is between 1 and 10 years old (don't remember buying it). The second ingredient on the label is water, but when I shake the can it sounds like dried chiles only. Almost opened it yesterday just to see but for now keeping it as a curio.

No holes, no external discoloration, the label is intact and it's been stored in a cupboard since purchase.

The stamp on the top of the can says:

12B011 then on the next line AE 1455

Canning error? Labeling error? My error? Thanks in advance for any info.

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    Is there any discoloration on the bottom of the can? I once had a very old can develop a small leak and dry out like you mentioned. The hole was difficult to see, as it had rusted or something.
    – Joe
    Commented Jun 26 at 20:44
  • No way to tell without physically having the can itself and having a look at the contents. You could presumably measure the weight of a similar empty can to get a bseline and compare with the weight of your can. Measurement of dimensions would give you volume and hence a measure of how heavy it should be if full with water. Have you tried to contact Old El Paso manufacturer?
    – bob1
    Commented Jun 26 at 20:44
  • @bob1 it may have a total contents weight and a drained weight. Beans, for example, do here
    – Chris H
    Commented Jun 26 at 20:53
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    @JudasHeimlich for things tinned in water (or brine, oil) I'm used to seeing 2 weights like this. It's a shame you don't have the same. The labelling (assuming it's this product) is very odd - 3 servings per can, serving size 35g, or 1/3 of the net weight per serving - so not meant to be drained. The outside dimensions work out to about 180ml so I'd be surprised if you could cram 113g of chillies in there plus some water.
    – Chris H
    Commented Jun 27 at 12:37
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    Rust is normally visible along the bottom rim if a steel can has leaked, but I still think that's the case. Personally I'd either open it and weigh the contents, or weigh it unopened, compare to a similar can and work out the contents weight. I'd eat tinned stuff that old if it wasn't damaged
    – Chris H
    Commented Jun 27 at 12:39

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