Hi..this morning I discovered a couple of jars of homemade produce that I made about 5 years ago,maybe more,when I was going through a "organic,pesticide free,home produce,self sufficiency "phase.One jar contains beetroot,and the other jar contains blackberry jam liberally laced with Amaretto i seem to remember! Both jars never enjoyed vacuum sealing or anything like that,but they both look absolutely perfect.My question is...are they safe to eat?I could test them out on May,or even keep them until we have friends to stay in October,but I'm not that sort of person..so come on you W.I.ladies,Save Stan from Salmonella
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Topic: Food Safety
20th August 2010, 11:01 AM #2
5 years is way too long to trust any home packaged food product with or without vacuum packing. I would advise disposing of them.
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20th August 2010, 06:42 PM #3
No problem Stan. Eat it- but make it soon.
I used to make jam for England when the kids were young. One year, I made so much plum jam that we were eating it years later.
If there is no sign of mould or fermentation then it should be ok.
Elf and safety bods will probably come at me with all guns blazing but I'm sure we've all taken bigger risks with food at the hands of our parents and before the world went mad.
One tip though-I think you should eat it before October-don't push your luck.;)
20th August 2010, 07:10 PM #6
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As for 'obeying', I think that if I were you, I would obey May on whether you should eat the jam. ;)
Your friend Bill would get on very well with my OH, who goes nuts if I throw anything away that is past it's eat by date.
Some months ago he gave me a mint from a packet that had been in an old coat pocket. It was rather tasteless adn when I checked the packet, it was 4years out of date!
21st August 2010, 12:22 PM #10
the jam ought to be ok - unless it's acquired a fluffy coat....
Not so sure about the beetroot. What was it preserved in? And don't say a jar.... Vinegar?
I usually rely on the sniff test!