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Used jars, help!

Posted by growinidaho 4/5 (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 18, 11 at 23:18

I was just blessed with about 10 or 12 boxes of jars. Mostly quarts. I don't use quarts...this is my 2nd yr of canning and I already have quarts and have access to more if I need them.
Problem is that 1/2 of the quarts have pickled asparagus and dills in them. Seals are good and date is '03 to '08. What should I do with them? We have a septic tank and no disposal. Should I trash them or we could bury them on our property. Compost them?
My neighbors will want the quarts, they have a family of 5 and always have company. I want to give them clean jars. What is the best/safest way to clean used jars? I don't have a dish washer.
Thanks for your help!

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RE: Used jars, help!

I think you'll find your questions answered in this discussion a bit further down the page. Be sure to review the link provided in it to the info on disposal at NCHFP.

Cleaning is hot soapy water followed by boiling for 10 mins.


Here is a link that might be useful: Disposing of old food discussion

RE: Used jars, help!

Sherry, I'd compost the stuff, if it's pickled there's a good chance it's fine, if the asparagus was not pickled, I'd be a bit more wary, probably. Then, as Dave mentioned, wash jars in hot soapy water (I put mine in the dishwasher, and boil to sterilize.


RE: Used jars, help!

Thank you Dave and Annie! Annie, I LOVE your salsa!!! I was just thinking about it. I may have to use frozen peppers. Since they are soft when you chop them then it would take more than the fresh about. That makes the amount of peppers off. Should I just use less than whats called for in the recipe? This will be my 2nd yr to can.
Thank you!

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