Was cleaning and organizing my (pile) POS... Too much stuff and nowhere to properly store it. Need...BO...land.... So I find 2 MREs stuffed inside some ECWS mittens, (the ones with the fur on the outside), stuffed inside an old Swiss ALpine leather backpackstuufed in a duffle of moldy smelling OD canvas. ALl of this was under the tarp uf the BO canoe that hangs under the rear deck... Date code '92. I tried the Chicken with Salsa, (#7 or 9) i think. Was as fresh and tasty as an MRE can be. The shotrbread cookies tasted fresh and the Cracker, well, it was an MRE cracker. So this was 13 yrs old and not stored with any care like my other cases. Not bad at all. It seems like I've heard of guys trying some 'Nam era MREs with similar results. How old is too old? On that same subject, What's the longevity of Canned vegetables that are stored in a cool dark place? Lipton Rice packs? I've recently stocked up on Tobasco too... Not sure if they are affected by Kat but I thought it might be a wise buy. I've labeled all of my canned good purchases with the month and date of purchase on the lid. I bet the stuff will keep for at least 5 yrs, maybe longer. I'm not really concerned with the "best if used by" date as that is a customer service disclaimer. I'm not going to be looking for Peach slice warranty post SHTF. Maybe I'll call some of the companies and see what they say. thoughts?