How long will home canned beets last.

by Shirley

I was just wondering if you could please tell me how many years one should keep canned Beets??
THE SEAL was still good, hard to get off, Beets weren't as bright in color as they are when there 1st canned.

My friend had canned these beets in 1987, 22 yrs ago, and still uses them & made harvard beets out of them. Is there any one one can get sick from eating home canned beets this old? She has a lot of canned goods that are very old, & I was wondering what the date such be for beets, tomatoes, vegetables how long its safe to keep them & still eat them. Thank you.

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Answer: Hi Shirley, The USDA reccomends that home canned products be used within one year.

Personally, I am comfortable using them longer than that if the seal is still good. Remember this is MY OPINION. You must make your own decision regarding this.

The color loss is normal. Canned goods will even loose a little bit of color in a year. Keeping the jars stored in a dark place minimizes this.

However I would NOT be comfortable eating something 22 years old.

In my opinion 22 years is far too long to keep stored home canned products of any kind.

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Mar 01, 2010
13 year old peaches
by: The Frugal Fraulein

Digging through storage I found some peaches I had canned 13 years earlier. Told Mr Man we would throw them away. He said they looked great and wanted to us to eat them. I said no way quoted USDA and stomped my foot. He insisted they looked good. So I said ok you eat them and we will wait 24 hours, if you are still alive I will give it a try.

24 hrs later he was still alive and raving how good they were. We had pancakes with peaches on top for breakfast (one of my favorite things to do with peaches) and they were fabulous. They were very soft and so peachy tasting.

I would never have done it without Mr Man's willingness to be a science project. Now you have to understand that Mr. Man as moved on to greener pastures and was someone who was not going to stay around for the long run or I never would have let him be a taste tester.

If the jars had not been so protected and appeared to be so tightly sealed I would not have let my worst enemy eat them. I do urge people to be very cautious and use your knowingness. If I had any doubts I would not experiment. Also have ipecac on hand!

Frugal Fraulein

Oct 04, 2010
TOO Funny!
by: April

"I would never have done it without Mr Man's willingness to be a science project. Now you have to understand that Mr. Man as moved on to greener pastures and was someone who was not going to stay around for the long run or I never would have let him be a taste tester."

hehehehehhe...thanks, I needed that as I make my salsa....

Jul 24, 2013
USDA is full of it... just saying. NEW
by: FinnyW

1 year! Hah!! Sounds like a bureaucrat who has no idea what they are talking about.

You can keep canned goods for anywhere between 5 years and up to 15 depending on what they are, and how you processed them.

If you pickle something, or it is high in acid, such as tomatoes, then it leans towards the 15 year limit. If you had to pressure cook it, or it has no vinegar, lemon juice, or natural acidity, then be safe and stay closer to five.

But one year! That is complete nonsense. That is a recommendation written by someone with no canning experience, and no idea what they are talking about.

Sep 15, 2013
FDA Recomendations NEW
by: Anonymous

The FDA knows that you can keep canned foods much longer. But if they say it some tool with a jar of poorly-canned food is going to eat it, get sick and then try to sue the FDA for giving bad advice.

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