ok so I finally got around to opening a can of the wheat. A little background on what we know of the wheat.
1. It's at least 17 years old...but more likely older...the guy whom owned the cans died 17 years ago...his widow doesn't know how long he had these stored...
2. The owner lightly oiled the cans...and they cans look practically new....this is a great idea...he oiled the tops and the bottoms. You would never know that these were older cans, except the labels are yellowed...and very 70ish looking! hahahah!
3. The cans were stored in an old church that was unheated. They must have been kept in a box, because they had zero amount of dust on them....Everything else in the old church was quite dusty. The owner used the church for storage....and what a HUGE amount of storage he had!
Cans of wheat that I purchased for 50 cents a can. We bought 36 cans...these nicely stacked in the bottom of my kitchen pantry.
Front label of can....I need to research some more on the web, to see if I can find this company and when they produced this stuff...
Top of can....no rust...
Look what my husband found in the church storage ---military can openers....I now have one on my keychain...and he has one...but unfortunately, they were to small to open these larger cans.
Comparing my pantry wheat to the canned wheat.....there is no difference in shape or color....the canned wheat smells a little different and I suspect it is because it was nitrogen packed. I read that if you let it air dry for a day, that smell will go away.
next test will be to see if I can get them to sprout and to grind some up to bake with....will post results when I get a chance to do this....this is the heart of canning season, and experiments have to be sandwiched between canning sessions...hahah!