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Old 15-04-2016, 07:37   #1
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Do you take the labels off your cans?

I'll be stocking up for travel to points south in June. Do you take the labels off your cans when provisioning?
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I'll be stocking up for travel to points south in June. Do you take the labels off your cans when provisioning?
Terry-- That was a practice that was common when canned provisions were stored in the bilges and subject to wet. The idea was that the can lids needed be labeled as to the contents with indelible ink and labels themselves removed as they would eventually come loose anyway and could easily obstruct a bilge pump. In the "old days" on a long trip we went so far as to dip our canned goods in melted paraffin to ensure the cans were protected from moisture. Whether removing labels is necessary today depends upon where the cans are stored. Note, however, that, at least on our boat, we carry few food items in cans any longer and those we do are stored in lockers or, if in the bilge area, in sealed Tupperware containers.

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Re: Do you take the labels off your cans?

Definitely not. The labels stay on and last years. My boat is also dry inside, so ymmv.
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Re: Do you take the labels off your cans?

Hylyte nailed it..cans used to stored in the bilge, new boats no longer have deep bilges so leave the labels on.
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Re: Do you take the labels off your cans?

If you think they might get wet or somehow lose the labels, etch the date and the contents on the ends with a dremel. Stills Reads even if rusty
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Re: Do you take the labels off your cans?

No. It's not needed.
Oh, and the old idea of painting eggs with wax etc is a load of old cobblers unless you are doing over 30 day passages. Mine are fine for a month in the tropics unreferigerated.



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Re: Do you take the labels off your cans?

If you assume the cans can get moist at any point, remove any paper labels and mark the cans with quality permanent marker.

If your can storage is perfectly dry, no reason to remove the labels. IMHO

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Re: Do you take the labels off your cans?

When I first saw the message topic, I had to scratch my head as to why would anyone want to remove the label - yes, I am a newbie to sailing. So my thanks to svHyLyte for explaining the reason for the practice of removing labels.
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Re: Do you take the labels off your cans?

We did make our kids (VERY young at the time) write the contents of each can on the lids with a sharpie.

Kept them busy labeling and sorting and made it easier when looking down into a locker (settee) to see what was what.

Good job to keep husband out of your hair for a day if no rugrats around :-)
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Re: Do you take the labels off your cans?

Thanks for the input! I was under the assumption that labels were removed because bugs (cockroaches?) would lay eggs in the label glue. Not sure where I heard that. I also thought you needed to coat eggs with Vaseline or wax to preserve them un-refrigerated.
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Re: Do you take the labels off your cans?

Another point: labels are not paper anymore like the old days... they are often plastic film or plastic coated paper.



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Re: Do you take the labels off your cans?

Agree with others that is NOT necessary or advisable to remove labels from cans but would label tops with contents & date just in case a label falls off. In 1999 New Zealand would toss any cans without labels since they couldn't be sure what was inside. Don't know if still do that. Fortunately
for us they didn't find the 6 cases of Brinkman's meats without labels scattered around the boat although they did toss meatballs in tomato sauce on the stove that was warming for lunch.

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Re: Do you take the labels off your cans?

What about the idea of keeping possible bugs out of the boat that may lay eggs between the label and can?

My thought would be it may depend on the area if the world your provisioning from. I'd also be a bit worried about dried goods like rice/wheat.
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Thanks for the input! I was under the assumption that labels were removed because bugs (cockroaches?) would lay eggs in the label glue. Not sure where I heard that. I also thought you needed to coat eggs with Vaseline or wax to preserve them un-refrigerated.
Avoid cardboard containers from third world countries, thats where you can get bugs. Also be very careful of fresh fruits and vegetables in 3rd world countries, rinse them carefully to remove critters. The key to making eggs last is if possible buy them before they have been cleaned as the chicken naturally has a protective coating that air doesnt penetrate. You can only get these direct from farmers. The most important thing is make sure they are dry and turn the egg crates once every couple of days. The other little trick is to have a glass of water when you are baking or cooking and set the egg in the water, if it sinks the egg is good, if it floats, throw it out.
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Re: Do you take the labels off your cans?

Further to MarkJ's comment above: "Another point: labels are not paper anymore like the old days... they are often plastic film or plastic coated paper." it appears that a plastic film is also commonly applied to the interior of modern cans. How does one dispose of empty cans these days? It sounds that heaving them overboard is no longer feasible.
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