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Canning, Freezing and Drying: How many years are canned tomatoes good for?

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Glenda_Michigan
Fowlerville, MI
(Zone 5b)

November 11, 2011
4:12 PM

Post #8886382

I know I've read the answer on DG before, but for the life of me, I can't find it now that I need it!!!!
Thanks for you help! :) ...I must be getting old...

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

November 23, 2011
1:41 PM

Post #8903030

Several years, if canned properly. Note that exposure to light (and heat) causes more rapid dissolution of any vitamin and mineral content. Doesn't affect safety, just nutrient content.
Glenda_Michigan
Fowlerville, MI
(Zone 5b)

December 5, 2011
4:11 PM

Post #8917705

Thanks Darius! I have canned tomatoes that are just over 2 years old, stored down in the dark downstairs, and I wanted to make sure they were still ok to eat. The seal is still good, and the tomatoes look great. :)
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2012
9:05 AM

Post #8952728

I try to only can as much as I plan to use over the winter. For me, the choice between a 2010 or 2011 jar of anything will always go to the most recent year. And, I like to start each spring fresh with clean jars waiting to get filled up. I do admit, though, that I don't can nearly as much as I did when my children were at home. Mostly just pickles and jams now.
LysmachiaMoon
Waynesboro, PA
(Zone 6a)

January 3, 2012
3:23 PM

Post #8953292

I keep my canning jars in the basement (dark, cool) too, and I've had no problem using tomatoes that were up to 2 years old. I would hesitate to go much beyond that. I try to "put up" about 50 quarts of various tomato products...sauce, whole tomatoes, salsa, etc. each year...I figure we use at least 1 quart a week for meals. So I tend to go thru it pretty fast; but every once in a while a jar of tomatoes will be found lurking behind the beans! *lol*
Glenda_Michigan
Fowlerville, MI
(Zone 5b)

February 2, 2012
8:22 PM

Post #8992828

Awesome! Thank you all SO much! I will get to using them up and canning fresh tomatoes this summer!
Bless you all! :)
ilovetigger
Belleville, MI

February 18, 2012
4:37 AM

Post #9010760

I have always been told to try to keep a year ahead on canning in case of a poor growing season. I can't say I consistently follow this advice, but I am a little ahead on certain things that we use a LOT of here. We are mostly ahead as I continued canning last season for the "family" and now both daughters are out of the house until summer when college lets out. lol

I grow tomatoes in ABUNDANCE as we have "requests" from both sets of parents for a variety of our home canned tomato products. I make salsa, spaghetti sauce, tomato juice, tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, soups, V8, and even Homemade Bloody Mary mix for my honey. As a thickening agent, or as an instant cup of soup, I like to dehydrate and grind some into a powder to vacuum seal in jars.
Edens_Gardener
Clay Center, KS
(Zone 5b)

February 20, 2012
5:11 PM

Post #9013945

I agree, I'm comfortable with 2nd year for straight tomatoes, I'm a little more cautious about salsa and other tomato mixtures. I'd rather can "straight" tomatoes, then make spaghetti sauce stewed tomatoes, etc from them.
btlr44
Batesville, AR

April 28, 2012
8:02 AM

Post #9101097

Canned veggies an fruit, will last for many years..I have a cousin, who canned..and in 2 yrs threw it out..our parents, sure didn't do that...I sure dont..I have tomatoes in my pantry , that is 6 yrs old..and still very good..we haven't gotten sick or died yet..so each to his own..around here, we keep it..just sayin'
bluepoppy
Landisburg, PA
(Zone 6a)

July 1, 2012
10:16 AM

Post #9188705

me also..I have maters many years old that I canned and still very good...
Doug9345
Durhamville, NY
(Zone 5b)

July 1, 2012
8:04 PM

Post #9189331

I think the problem isn't that they spoil, it's that they slowly loss nutrients until the have very liitle to no vitamin content.
PhyllisJ
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

July 1, 2012
11:06 PM

Post #9189434

Last year was really bad for tomatoes in our area. I almost ran out for the first time ever. I agree put as many up as you can for you may not have them the next year.
btlr44
Batesville, AR

December 17, 2012
5:31 AM

Post #9360422

That's my moto Phyllis. We opened up a jar of tomato juice Dated 07. Sure was good. Just as red, as, when I put them up. Seal in tact.
btlr44
Batesville, AR

February 26, 2013
3:48 PM

Post #9432834

My canned pinto beans...soooo good

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btlr44
Batesville, AR

February 26, 2013
3:50 PM

Post #9432837

My sweet potatoes dehydrated. Yummy

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btlr44
Batesville, AR

February 26, 2013
3:54 PM

Post #9432841

Dehydrated red potatoes...5 lbs

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btlr44
Batesville, AR

February 26, 2013
4:16 PM

Post #9432863

Oh crap..I put these I wrong place, and don't know how to get them off. Crap
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

April 18, 2013
4:00 PM

Post #9488898

According to the home canning board http://nchfp.uga.edu/ canned goods should be good indefinitely if they are canned properly. "Good" means safe to eat. As Darius pointed out all canned goods loose significant nutrition after one year regardless of storage. I use canned goods that are years old but try not to stockpile those things that tend to linger like too many pickles, relishes or jams. Our tomatoes and tomato products (including those with meats) generally last two years. I preserve beans and meats with a one to two year supply in mind but would not throw out older jars.
bluepoppy
Landisburg, PA
(Zone 6a)

April 19, 2013
1:27 PM

Post #9489803

For me as long as the seal is still good they are good to eat...
Have eaten much canned food that has been many years old...
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