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Old 08-18-2018, 06:21 PM
 
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Before you toss it out - just try and see if it taste spoiled.

Don't do this. Botulism can't be tasted, smelt, or seen. And it's deadly. If there's any doubt, throw it out.
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Old 08-19-2018, 07:13 AM
 
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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.
I have never heard this before. Doesn't seem logical, given all the foods that are in the garbage are going bad etc.

Do you have a link or anything to reference this plz.
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Old 08-19-2018, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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Button popped? Donít eat it.

Tell her it was great.

Iíve been given food by neighbors. If I didnít like it I threw it away. But as far as they knew it was yummy good
I think instead of telling them it was great, I would say something like, "You know, I noticed the button wasn't indented so I didn't try it. I wonder if maybe I got one that didn't seal quite right?"

If you tell them you ate it and loved it, then they never learn that they may not be following safe canning procedures - and some unsuspecting person probably will get sick!
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Old 08-19-2018, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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Hard pass if seal is dubious.

Better safe than sorry. Sucks, but I wouldn't risk it.
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Old 08-19-2018, 09:30 AM
 
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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.



If you believe it will harm you or have doubt that it might, it WILL. Be nice, grateful, take offering and do as you really feel like with it - in privacy. Praise donor with some general evasive words, if she approaches you later with "Did you like it? phrase.
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Old 08-19-2018, 09:40 AM
 
Location: California
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When in doubt, throw it out.
Thatís what my Grandma and Mom used to say. Good policy.
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Old 08-19-2018, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Nooooo.

I have a load of peppers this year, so I will roast, skin, seed, then pickle a small amount. Less than a half cup. Refrigerate, eat within two days. Good. The rest get frozen.
Yeah, those weren't canned. I make fresh pickles like that once in a while.
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Old 08-19-2018, 10:38 AM
 
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Before you toss it out - just try and see if it taste spoiled.
No! It takes only a tiny amount of botulism spores to make you very ill and it can be deadly. Why take the risk?

Never taste food to see if it is spoiled, you canít always tell by tasting anyway.
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Old 08-19-2018, 12:10 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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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?

I agree: "When in doubt, throw it out". Not worth getting sick over.
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Old 08-19-2018, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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Before you toss it out - just try and see if it taste spoiled.
NO! Don't base your decision on taste, smell, or appearance - you already saw that the lid wasn't indented - like my dad always said "if in doubt, throw out". The cost of that food is far less than that of a doctor or missing work for a day!
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