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Jar of jam
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ret    Posted 08-23-2002 at 15:36:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I got one jar of jam left that we made in ,get this, 1978. We made 4 cases of grape jelly, and this is the last one. Anyone there ever had a jar keep this long? Want to wait till it is 25 years old before I open it up. Incidently, I opened up the next to last one two years ago and it was still very good.

JoeK    Posted 08-24-2002 at 11:16:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Brought back memories of home on the farm.Ma used to have a huge garden can and freeze everything from apples to zucchini,including meats and fish.Never had to worry about going hungry.As said below,if kept in dry area and seals don't rust/deteriorate stuff will keep a long time.Ma useta toss anything questionable or 5yr+old.Aunt on the other hand would NOT believe anything could be good after one season and would throw away dozens of jars every year and can new stuff,mostly boughten,rather than home raised.

Rachel    Posted 08-24-2002 at 06:18:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ret, you are an aces canner! I heard as long as the domes don't rust and the seal is tight, should be ok. But, I am a suspicious sort. I wouldn't trust anyone else's jars that old but my own. If you didn't get sick from the last one, your chances are 50/50 if this one is still good! LOL My area is too humid to trust . Jar lids would and do rust in about 3 years. That's the longest mine last without getting eaten. Later, rachel

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