I was just getting set to make myself some supper, and I opened up a can of beans (specifically, the kind labeled “pork and beans”, which contain only homeopathic traces of pork). Usually, when the can is opened, you see a little bit of air space, then the beans with a reddish liquid just covering them. This time, though, what I saw was a solid mass, conforming to the shape of the lid, similar to what you’d get with refried beans. Well, I thought, maybe I had the can upside-down in the cupboard, and the beans all settled to that end, and the liquid will be at the other end… but when I dumped them out into the pan (a slow process), the other end of the can was just as dry.
Well, ordinarily I don’t worry too much about food, but I do know that you can get botulism in improperly-canned beans, and besides, they only cost about 50 cents a can. So I threw them out, washed the pot, and opened a new can. Which is the same way.
Both cans would have been bought at the same time, about a week ago, so they’d have been in the same batch from the store/supplier.
What’s most likely happening here?