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How long are home canned foods good to eat?

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If the food was processed according to recommended procedures, it is safe to eat at any time in the future if the seal is still intact and there is no evidence of spoilage. It is suggested that no more food be preserved than can be used in one to two years. This is because the quality of the products deteriorates with longer storage. This means there will be undesirable changes in color, texture, and flavor. There will be losses in nutrient content as the food is stored longer.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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