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Old 08-17-2018, 05:57 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I didn't say eat the whole jar....
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Old 08-17-2018, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Before you toss it out - just try and see if it taste spoiled.
Many things that are spoiled don't necessarily taste spoiled. (See earlier post by jay5835.) If everything that was spoiled tasted spoiled, there'd be virtually no incidents of food poisoning, since you'd presumably know right away at first bite.

I say toss it. Why risk it?
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Old 08-17-2018, 10:03 AM
 
Location: NYC
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When in doubt, throw it out.
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Old 08-17-2018, 10:17 AM
 
Location: North State (California)
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For me, it would depend when it was made, It is peach season, so if she just made it last week, it shouldn't have gone bad yet, even if the lid was not properly done. We keep food for weeks in the fridge, without damage, I feel it would be Ok, if she made it recently. Now if it is from last year, that is a different matter.
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Old 08-17-2018, 11:00 AM
 
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If food is canned at a temperature that is high enough, suction develops as it cools, thus the indented button. If the button is up, don't eat it.
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Old 08-17-2018, 11:40 AM
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Location: Here and now.
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I'm not sure if I should eat the peach butter. It looks delicious, but the button is not indented, it's slightly popped. The woman who gave it to me reuses the same jars every year, could that be the reason?

I couldn't find any info online, so I appreciate any help.
The jars are reusable, if properly sterilized. There are some lids that are supposed to be reusable, but I don't know if I would trust them. Either way, if the button is popped, something is not right.

I would not eat it. I would not even taste it. It might not hurt you, but why take the chance?
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Old 08-17-2018, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Oh shucks. But many thanks for the responses, I wasn't sure if I needed to toss it.
You could open the lid and see if it has sealed so tight you have to pry it off. My guess it isn't worth the chance of getting sick but if the lid is sealed you are ok. I can every year. The fact it is peach instead of a veggie is a little better. And yes, to those who have said the lids should not be used again, that is 100% correct. Also, always check to see if there is any rust on the inside of the screw top. If so toss them. This is the expensive part of canning anymore. We end up tossing the lids and screw part and have to buy more every year. Some screw tops last forever, others not from one year to the other.
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Old 08-17-2018, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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The very sickest I ever got was about 24 hours after consuming a healthy (ha-ha) quantity of a friend's delicious, home-canned piccalilli. It was so good, I simply could not stop eating it, and since my friend had several jars of it, he encouraged me to gorge myself. But the next day...fever, chills, explosive at both ends. Never sicker.

I don't eat home-canned anything anymore.
To each his own, but if canned properly there is nothing better than home canned fruits and veggies.

VTsnowbird and others: home canned meats and some veggies are very different than home canned jams, jellied, salsas and fruits. It isn't nearly as likely to make you sick. If nothing else they contain more acid which does help keep foods from spoiling. Elnina is right: a little taste can tell you a lot with certain canned foods.
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Old 08-17-2018, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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I didn't say eat the whole jar....
YOU NEVER under any circumstances Taste home canned food if you have any reason to believe it might not be good. BOTCHUSLISM is nothing to fool with.

This tasting thing is why so many people DIE from it each year. Also if any signs of spoilage are present you are not even supposed to dispose of in the trash. You need to use rubber gloves and You need to completely destroy it.

Even if you don't have reason to suspect the food, you should always boil it for ten minutes before you taste it at all.
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Old 08-17-2018, 03:47 PM
 
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I'm not sure if I should eat the peach butter. It looks delicious, but the button is not indented, it's slightly popped. The woman who gave it to me reuses the same jars every year, could that be the reason?

I couldn't find any info online, so I appreciate any help.
And the button says............ drumroll please........ DO NOT EAT!

But, tell giver it was delicious

Kinda like the made in the holler moonshine I was given
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