How many years are canned tomatoes good for?

Fowlerville, MI(Zone 5b)

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......

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

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.

Fowlerville, MI(Zone 5b)

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. :)

Cedarhome, WA(Zone 8b)

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.

Waynesboro, PA(Zone 6a)

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*

Fowlerville, MI(Zone 5b)

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

Belleville, MI

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.

Clay Center, KS(Zone 5b)

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.

Batesville, AR

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 each to his own..around here, we keep it..just sayin'

Landisburg, PA(Zone 6a)

me also..I have maters many years old that I canned and still very good...

Durhamville, NY(Zone 5b)

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.

Johnson City, TN(Zone 6b)

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.

Batesville, AR

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.

Batesville, AR

My canned pinto beans...soooo good

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Batesville, AR

My sweet potatoes dehydrated. Yummy

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Batesville, AR

Dehydrated red potatoes...5 lbs

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Batesville, AR

Oh crap..I put these I wrong place, and don't know how to get them off. Crap

Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

According to the home canning board 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.

Landisburg, PA(Zone 6a)

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...
Still here to tell you about it...

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