Production Date: 9/5/13
This cheese is manufactured at the Bega plant in Bega, Australia. The people at Bega Cheese, have been making cheese since 1899, and have found a way to put great tasting, real cheddar cheese in a can. This product has a natural cream color, medium cheddar flavor and pleasing texture. It s easy to cut, grate and slice and it s delicious. It's packaged in Australia for folks who don't have refrigeration, like many outdoorsmen, survivalists and campers. There are 72/56 gram cans per case - approx 2 oz per can- single serve cans. Shelf Life There is no Expiration Date written in stone, because the shelf life depends largely on the storage conditions (temperature, humidity, altitude, sunlight/shade, etc.). We do guarantee the shelf life for two years however, the actual shelf life of the chese will ultimately be determined by the storage conditions (temperature being the main factor) and the seal on the can remaining intact and therefore protecting the cheese from the introduction of oxygen. After this, one can expect some nutritional value loss, although it will be edible, provide fat and calories in an emergency, and still be perfectly safe to eat if the can remains sealed. A quote from the National Cannery Association: "Canned food has a shelf life of at least two years from the date of processing. Canned food retains its safety and nutritional value well beyond two years, but it may have some variation in quality, such as a change of colour and texture. Canning is a high-heat process that renders the food commercially sterile. Food safety is not an issue in products kept on the shelf or in the pantry for long periods of time. In fact, canned food has an almost indefinite shelf life at moderate temperatures (75° F and below). Canned food as old as 100 years has been found in sunken ships and it is still microbiologically safe! We don't recommend keeping canned food for 100 years, but if the can is intact, not dented or bulging, it is edible."
GREAT FOR CAMPING! PERFECT FOR THE BOAT OR RV!
A MUST-HAVE FOR ANY LONG TERM STORAGE FOOD PLAN or DISASTER PREPAREDNESS KIT
Powdered and Freeze Dried cheese products have been available for years, and they are actually not too bad for some applications. They make an excellent sauce, dip or spread, but there's just something not right about spreading cheese on your sandwich like it was peanut butter. For some things, there is no substitute for the real thing...
This is real cheese that can be grated like any other cheese. It melts, it can be sliced into thin slices for sandwiches, pizzas, lasagna or meat loaf, and it behaves just like any other deli-bought cheese it's great for grilled cheese sandwiches, fantastic omelets or just by the slice.
It's packaged this way in Australia and in the Middle East for folks who don't have refrigeration, like many in the outback or in third world countries. The manufacturer is confident it will last "indefinitely". Since it's in a sterile environment, air can't circulate so germs can't get to it - there's no reason that it can't store indefinitely. Just keep it as cool as you can (protect from freezing). And once it's opened, it's best to refrigerate any leftovers, though it will most likely last a few more days in a zipper-locking baggie or tinfoil without refrigeration.
- Servings per container: 1
- Energy: 723KJ
- Protein: 11g
- Fat - Total: 13g
- -Saturated: 9g
- Carbohydrate: 3g
- -Sugars: Less Than 1g
- Sodium: 830mg
- Calcium: 356mg
Great Add On Idea - A G.I P-38 Can Opener
The G.I P-38 Can Opener became popular with the troops during World War II and are still popular today. People love keeping them handy in their homes, backpacks, or keychains because they make such small, handy survival tools.
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Customer Reviews — 10item(s)
- I bought one of these little cans a couple of years ago and I just opened it. It is very good! flavorful creamy cheese! These small cans are great for one person, and in SHTF it would be a great small treat to trade or share. Love it! yum yum
Bega cheese, 56 gm.
- I actually tastes good, reminds Me of the Cheese and Cracker type packs but better tasting Cheese and more firm. The 56 gm. is a decent portion one person size
- Like many who would consider canned cheese as a solution - I simply don\'t wish to live in a world without cheese. Power was out for a few days today and cheese is a main staple of my diet <-- I didn\'t want to open the fridge and loose the cool so instead I opened this small can. This is a processed type cheese product so don\'t have any delusions of a sharp aged cheddar. Fortunately I enjoy all cheese products/types. The bouquet/smell is a mild cheddar like smell. It has a soft but firm consistency, not sticky like Velveeta is - but in other ways somewhat similar in taste closer to American or velveeta in consistency, and flavor. I\'ll certainly be glad I had this on hand but I will absolutely miss \'real cheese\'.
- Simply Great cheese.
- We took advantage of the Bega cheese deal and troed some in tuna melts the other night. Suffice to say this cheese will never reach its shelf life end. It was so good she\'ll be using it for not only storage,and camping. But everyday menus too!
Bega Cheese 56.5g
- For us Americans, 56.5 grams is close to two ounces. OK for a cheese and cracker snack in your BOB.. Make that a dozen to pass out to companions.
Remarkably good cheese, extraordinary storage item
- I grew up in Canada in a family that appreciated cheddar cheese. I went to an agricultural university and actually had some classes in cheese making. Although this is a processed cheese, 95% of people will never be able to tell that from the taste and freshness. A real cheese expert can tell texture/how it breaks is the giveaway. I am buying this now as a shell staple. Also remember that in a high stress time getting people to eat good food can be a issue. This food is familiar, more tasty than any American process cheese I have found and has a bunch of protein.
- I got the free tin with an ordeer and decided since it was small and I ordered a Red Feather brand tin to try this one. The tin is sturdy, no dents, crimps etc. No label of any sort on it either.. Opened pretty easily but it did not give the idea that it would pop open or easily become opened by accident at all. Some caned items with a pull top seem flimsy, this did not. The cheese itself is solid with a slight rubbery texture to it, it is similar to most processed cheeses. Taste wise it was very good; I mean this is no gourmet cheese by any means but I expected a terrible taste and was surprised that it was not only edible but quite tasty on some pretzel pieces. I ended up eating darn near the whole thing with my fruit for lunch, which is kind of annoying as I wanted to see how it would do melted, as a toasted cheese, as a topping etc. I\'ll be buying more of these soon.
- OMG!! This cheese is delicious!! Has a great sharp cheddar taste-exactly like the cheese you buy in the refridgerated section of the grocery store. Totally not what I expected from canned cheese. I will buy LOTS more :-
Surprise! It's Bega Canned Cheese
- I was a stinker over the holidays. What was supposed to be a quiet party of 5 turned into a robust party of 50. I found myself a bit short on food, so the kids and I got into the canned goods. We made a cheese dip out the the Bega canned cheese 6 cans of cheese and 2 12oz jars of salsa - mixed on medium speed for 5 minutes and served with Ritz Crackers. Everyone raved over it and was in geniune shck to find out we used canned cheese to make it.