Avoid Spoiled Food
use up-to-date canning
you know how to recognize spoiled food? Sometimes it is obvious...
is not anything you can see or smell. You will not know it is
there until you get sick.
reason to avoid unsafe
. You just won't know
there. Be confident that your food is safe by using
up-to-date canning methods.
Other Signs of Spoilage
is apparent by just looking at the jars or smelling the contents.
Out of the 250 jars of various foods I canned last year....
one that lost it's seal and spoiled. It was a jar of canned
There was scum on top of the food, the product was bubbly.
It was pretty yucky. There was no doubt. I had no
throwing that one out.
When you take your food out of storage look for these signs
- bulging tops
- lost seal
- product is bubbly
- product spurts out of jar when opened, this
indicates food might be under pressure
- scum on top of the food
- unnatural looking colors
- unnatural smells
any food that you are not sure of!
If in doubt,
throw it away!
- When you take food out of storage, do not eat
food from jars that have
lost their seal or have bulging tops.
- When you throw it away, make sure
animals cannot get into it either.
Family pets can get sick too.
- The jars need to be sterilized if it has had
spoiled food in
it. Wash the jar. Place in a large pot, cover with water, and
boil for 30 minutes.
Before putting jars in storage.
- After jars have cooled check the seals before
the screw bands. Lift on the edges with your fingers and lift
the jars in the air. If the lid holds it has safely
- You can also push down on the center of the
lid, if the lid is pushed
down and does not move or 'pop' under your finger it is
If you notice a failed seal immediately after processing, simply enjoy
the foods right away. Store it in the refrigerator just as you would
Storing your jars without the screw lid is a good idea. If
the food comes under pressure the seals will naturally break.
seals should not come off if the food is sealed properly and cooked
It is also advisable to store your jars in a cool, dark, and dry
environment. Don’t store in a room or area that may contain hot pipes
or a furnace. A kitchen pantry is usually just fine.
Direct sunlight will decrease the quality of the foods as
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