Storing Jars of Pressure Canned Food

How do I store my jars of food?
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 jars, ensure shelving is reinforced.
   
How long will jars of pressure canned food keep?
All pressure canned food is best consumed within a year or two, but may be consumed after this – check for spoilage before consumption. The cooler, darker and drier the storage is, the longer the storage period.
   
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 pressure canned food?
Once jars of pressure canned food have been opened, store in the refrigerator and use within a few days – again check before consuming that spoilage has not occurred during refrigeration. Use clean utensils when removing food from jars to prevent contamination.
   

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