How long can you safely store your home-canned food before it spoils?
Most expert sources recommend the standard guideline of one year for optimal quality, though it’s not really that simple. Some foods, such as jams, are considered truly best, at least from a flavor standpoint, if used within six months. However there is no way to give a blanket answer to the storage question as so many different factors affect storage quality, including temperature of the storage location (should be cool, not warm), how clean the fruits/vegetables were when packed in the jars, and whether or not proper processing and handling was followed in every detail. The best advice is to plan what you can. Can what you expect you can use or share within a year, especially if you are a new canner. After all, every year is a new harvest!
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