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LH 31: Checking Canned Food for Spoilage

Welcome to Episode #31 of the Living Homegrown Podcast!

Every time you pull a home-canned jar off the pantry shelf, you should give it a once over to be sure it is still as safe as the day you canned it.

It is an important habit to have.

So in this episode, you learn:

  • The difference between spoilage and botulism
  • What you should never do with a suspicious jar
  • Seven signs that your canned goods have spoiled
  • What we now know about mold that our grandparents didn’t know
  • Best practices when storing your canned goods

Listen in for ALL the details or read the transcript below.

Resources & Links Mentioned:

Canning Jar Rings & Storage – Best Practices (Podcast Episode)

Why Remove Canning Rings from Canning Jars (Blog Post)

6 Simple Hacks for Opening a Stuck Jar (Blog Post)

Signs of Spoilage in Canned Food (Blog Post)

USDA Guidelines for How to Handle Jars You Suspect Have Botulism


Click here for the full transcript for Episode #31


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  • What to expect going forward

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy® and is the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two teenage boys and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.