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    Default Home canned food in the stockpile? How long do you keep it?

    I try to use mine in a year but will go 2 years with some things. After that I have been known to dump it.

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    ~I've always used things within two years(high altitude water-bath jams, pickles, spreads, fruits). But this isn't an issue for my stockpile, I think, since there is nothing in it that isn't normally eaten around here. I just rotate stock from stockpile to pantry at the one year mark.~

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    I never dump home-canned food unless it comes unsealed and goes bad. This food comprises most of our "stockpile". We just can what we have and eat it until it's gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daylily View Post
    I never dump home-canned food unless it comes unsealed and goes bad. This food comprises most of our "stockpile". We just can what we have and eat it until it's gone.
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    As long as the seal is still good they contents should still be good. I would never dump food just because of a date.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anna43 View Post
    As long as the seal is still good they contents should still be good. I would never dump food just because of a date.
    I agree..

    I started my canning journey I believe 5-yrs ago..I still have several quarts of Meatloaf which was the very first thing I ever pressured canned.. still taste just like I had just canned it the texture is a little less firm but still good to eat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daylily View Post
    I never dump home-canned food unless it comes unsealed and goes bad. This food comprises most of our "stockpile". We just can what we have and eat it until it's gone.
    Agreed. I don't see the point in throwing out food that is still good just because of some arbitrary date.

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    I follow a blog and the woman is the queen of homesteading and cans everything she gets her hands on. She has said numerous times she is/has used items that she canned 20yrs ago. Until I read that I tossed everything too but now unless it's obvious it has lost it's seal or has an off odor or color I use it.
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    Food that has been canned using tested recipes, following safe canning procedures, stored correctly and maintaining its seal is good indefinitely.

    Sometimes the quality goes down over time (i.e. my V8 lost a bit of its kick and some jams have darkened/become a touch rubbery), but they are safe to eat.

    However, that said... if your food is going years without you eating it, you probably aren't rotating your stock properly or are making more than you need.
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    Marie~can you post the V-8 juice canning recipe?
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    Food that has been canned using tested recipes, following safe canning procedures, stored correctly and maintaining its seal is good indefinitely.
    In the 2010s, the military was still using WW2 K-Rations, that's over 60 years. The cans were marked - eg, 'meat, mashed potatoes and gravy'. And they were surprisingly good.

    The main factor is the seal - a single deep drawn can has only one seam, the lid. The canning machine needs to apply extremely high pressures to the metal folds to cause the metal to form an interstitial bond - and the ductility of the metal must be selected to allow the metals to fuse.

    BTW, in the WW2 era, the three meals were 'breakfast-dinner-supper'. So the 2010 'city-folk' were confused about when to eat their supper - and what to do about lunch.

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    It's still breakfast, dinner and supper where I live. You pack a lunch and eat it for dinner

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    daylilly--Right there with you.

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    It's just dear husband and myself at home now, but even then, we go through our home-canned bounty each year, so every year I prepare fresh canned goods.

    We go through the most canned goods over winter.

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