- Aug 16, 2016
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I have used my own canned stuff that was over 5 years. Apple butter, applesauce, sliced fruit, other stuff. Canned tomatoes; I always check the seal, make sure it smelled right, and make sure there is no mold, or anything. I also don't throw out all store stuff that is out of date as most of the dates say "best if used by" not that it is going to be "bad". Most things that are "older" just lose some flavor, or food value. If the seal is good, and the food is stored in a "dark" cabinet, closet, pantry, it should be fine. I will trust my own canned stuff before I trust store bought though. I like the old style canning jars with glass lids, because they would let go a seal if the food was even questionable. I always store those jars with the metal bail off the top of the jar. Of course, those jars are not even supposed to be "used" today..... but you can buy the rubber ring and I still use them. They don't stack or anything, but I still like them. Kind of like the Tattler lids... I like them because , they don't have the metal that will eventually rust through, like the ball lids.