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Old 08-20-2018, 12:34 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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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!

I was thinking about this. Maybe the person who made it just prepared it and then didn't go through the canning process because it was so fresh.

My mother used to do that pre-cap button. She'd make something, I remember one bean soup disaster in particular but there were others, where she'd make it, put it in a canning jar with a lid and ring and then give it to me without telling me it was fresh and not canned.


The bean soup incident was in the middle of the summer and I wasn't in the mood for it so I put it away. A few days later it started to stink and had bubbled out if the unsealed jar.

Of course it was my fault. Just gave her something else to ***** about.

I've made sauerkraut before that I just put in jars without canning it and then refrigerated because it was going to be eaten in a couple days.
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Old 08-20-2018, 02:19 PM
 
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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.
So many people die? There are an average of 145 cases in the U.S. annually. 15% of those are foodborne. 5%-10% is fatal, so 1 - 2 people die each year...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botulism#United_States
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Old 08-20-2018, 06:42 PM
 
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I was thinking about this. Maybe the person who made it just prepared it and then didn't go through the canning process because it was so fresh.
She actually gave me the peach butter and two jars of strawberry preserves. There was no issue with the other two jars, and she's been canning for years, so I'm pretty certain she went through the process, or at least thought she did.

I haven't said anything to her, just wrote her a note of thanks.
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Old 08-21-2018, 11:30 AM
 
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If you have a compost bin, it won't be a total waste...
Yeah, the rats will love it! And then die of food poisoning. Then you can run around trying to find that smelly dead rat that crawled up under your house or porch.

Don't put food in compost. That's a great way to introduce botulism or other pathogens into your compost, attract rats, raccoons, and skunks. I've been composting for over 50 years. There is no way I will ever risk the health of my compost pile by putting potentially botulism-having spoiled canned food in it.
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