STORING JARS OF FRUIT

How do I store my jars of fruit?
Process all jars that are going to be stored at room temperature. Ensure jars are clean, rings are removed (if applicable) and jars are clearly labelled. Store jars in a single layer in a cool, dark and dry place such as a cupboard or pantry. For large quantities of preserves, ensure shelving is reinforced.
 
How long will jars of fruit keep?
All fruit preserves are best consumed within a year, but may be consumed after this date – check for spoilage before consumption. Full sugar preserves will keep longer than low-sugar/sugar-free preserves. After this time, preserves may discolour, change flavour/texture but will still be okay to consume. Pale coloured fruits often naturally darken during long-term storage.

What are the signs of spoilage?
Bulging or loose lids are the main indicators of spoilage, also check for changes in smell and flavour – if in doubt, throw it out. A good vacuum seal ensures good quality preserves but if you find mould or other signs of spoilage, safely dispose of the jar contents and wash jars well before re-using.

What do I do when I open a jar of fruit?
Once jars of fruit have been opened, store in the refrigerator and use within a week – again check before consuming that spoilage has not occurred during refrigeration. Use clean utensils when removing fruit from the jar to prevent contamination.

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