Shelf Life:  The rule of thumb with any home canned good is a 1 year shelf life; however, it is understood canned goods can last much longer than a year.  After a year though, the nutritional value starts to diminish and in many cases the color and texture change. Take canned chicken for instance…  We go through so much canned chicken it has yet to sit a full year on my pantry shelves. Many other items have been on my shelves longer than a year and we have eaten them without hesitation!