Why are my jars sticky after canning?

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asked Aug 2, 2023 in Recipes by DigitDave (1,100 points)
Why are my jars sticky after canning?

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answered Aug 16, 2023 by layla (63,150 points)
Your jars are sticky after canning as a result of liquid loss during the canning process.

Once your canning jars are completely cool you can remove the rings and then gently wash the sealed jars in some warm soapy water to remove the sticky residue.

Foods that should never be canned are lettuce, olives, summer squash, eggplant, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, bacon, hamburger and broccoli.

The signs of a damaged canned food are leaking, bulging or swelling, damaged cracked or abnormal look to the can, spurting or leaking liquid from the can when opened or leaking when it's closed, discolored canned food, moldy or bad smelling canned food means the canned food is bad.

The illness that can be found from food in bulging cans is botulism.

Botulism is a medical emergency and requires immediate medical attention or it can be deadly.

When a can is bulging it most often means that the food has spoiled.

When the canned food is spoiling it can lead to the can bulging from gas building up in the cans.

If the can is just dented then it is most often safe to eat the food in the can but not if it's really badly dented and leaking.

The type of food poisoning you can get from canned food is botulism which is most commonly found in homemade canned food although it can also occur in commercially canned food when the can begins leaking.

The following things such as can corrosion, swelling, bulging and food spoilage can result from badly stored canned food.

Food reacts chemically with the metal container, especially high-acid food like canned tomatoes and fruit juices.

Over several years, this causes taste and texture changes.

It eventually lowers the nutritional value of the food.

It is OK to eat canned food everyday although you should also eat fresh fruits, fresh veggies, and other non canned foods.

Canned foods is okay in moderation but non canned fresh foods are healthier for you.

You can survive on canned food.

If you have a variety of canned foods such as vegetables, fruits and meats you can easily survive off the canned food for as long as you have the canned food.

Having plenty of canned food is a good thing in the event you cannot get other food or if you cannot keep foods such as meats refrigerated.

Canned food is not cancerous although because canned food is a processed food the canned foods can be unhealthy when you eat the canned food too often.

Fresh vegetables, fresh fruit and fresh non canned meats are healthier but canned foods such as those can be healthy as well.

Most canned food is best for around 5 to 10 years.

The canned food that has the longest shelf life are canned meats and canned vegetables.

Most canned meats and canned vegetables can last 5 to 10 years but they are best eaten within a few years or before the best by date.

Meat in a can lasts because of the meat being sterilized, cooked and then sealed in an airtight can which prevents bacteria and air from reaching the meat.

Without the air and the bacteria the meat cannot spoil.

Meat in a can lasts for around 5 to 10 years although the meat in the can is at it's best quality for 5 years.

Canned meat is safe due to the meat being cooked during the canning process and the fact that the meat is sealed in an airtight can which prevents any bacteria from reaching the meat.

When the bacteria cannot reach the meat and the meat is cooked the meat can last a long time in the can without refrigeration.

Canned meat does not spoil because the meat is cooked during the canning process and because the canned meat is sealed in a can that cannot allow any bacteria to get into the can.

As long as the can is not opened and remains sealed then no bacteria can get into the canned meat or canned foods which prevents the canned meat and other canned foods from going bad.

Canned meat lasts so long because the canned meat is cooked during the canning process and also because the meat is sealed in the can which prevents bacteria from getting to the meat.

When the bacteria cannot reach the meat and the meat is cooked then the meat won't spoil.

Meat in a can lasts for around 5 years although some canned meat can last 10 years but the canned meat is best eaten within 5 years for the best quality and taste.

You don't need to cook canned meat as canned meat is cooked during the canning process when it's heated up.

When meat is canned or other food is canned the can of meat or canned food is cooked with steam and boiling water so the meat and canned food becomes cooked.

You can eat canned food straight from the can without heating it unless you want too.

The best meat for canning are.

Chuck Roasts.

Beef Ribs and Bones.


Round Steak.

Other good meats that are best for canning are beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, venison, moose, and bear.

Poultry and small game meat may also be canned, including chicken, turkey, duck, goose and rabbit.

To can meat in mason jars simply begin boiling the meat until it's cooked and then while the meat is still hot place the meat into the mason jars with broth or the hot liquid from the boiling of the meats.

Then place the lid on the jar and close it and put it in a pressure cooker and the pressure from the pressure cooker will seal the lid on the canning jar.

Pack hot meat loosely into hot jars leaving 1-inch headspace.

Fill jars with boiling broth, meat drippings, water, or tomato juice (especially for wild game) to 1 inch from top of jar.

Remove bubbles, wipe jar rims, adjust lids and process in pressure canner.

Pressure canned meat can last for 5 years to 10 years although the pressure canned meat is at best quality for 1 to 2 years but it remains safe after that time.

You can tell when canned food is bad by looking at the can if it's a metal can and looking for swelling, bulging, rust, holes in the can etc.

You can also open the can of food and if it smells bad then or has mold in it or looks spoiled then it's bad and should be thrown out.

For jar canned food the only way to tell is to look at the food and see if it has any changes in color, has mold or you can open it and smell it.

The best canned foods to stockpile are canned corn, canned Lasagne, chicken noodle soup, canned Ravoli, Spaghettios, tuna, salmon, chicken, corned beef, turkey, Spam, and even bacon.

Canned foods should not be stored in a hot garage as the heat and humidity of the hot garage can cause the canned food cans to rust and then cause the food to spoil inside the cans once they develop holes in the cans from the rust.

It's best to store canned foods in cool dry place to prevent rust on the cans.

You can live on canned fruit or other fruits if that is all you have.

However it's best to have a variety of different canned foods or shelf stable foods around in the event there's something that prevents you from getting food and you need to survive.

It's best to have some canned meats, canned vegetables etc along with the canned fruit.

The best canned foods to stockpile are canned corn, canned Lasagne, chicken noodle soup, canned Ravoli, Spaghettios, tuna, salmon, chicken, corned beef, turkey, Spam, and even bacon.

You can also eat the food in the dented can if the can has no holes in it.

Just because a food can is dented it does not mean the food is bad or unsafe to eat.

Many people assume that because the can is dented that it's not safe to eat the food but that is not true as the food is still safely contained and sealed in the can unless it is actually leaking.

Canned food can last for basically forever although it has an expiration date.

Expired canned food is safe to eat and is just as good as fresh canned food as the food being in a can helps to preserve it and make it shelf stable.

Most shelf-stable foods are safe indefinitely.

In fact, canned goods will last for years, as long as the can itself is in good condition (no rust, dents, or swelling).

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