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Old 06-04-2008, 04:20 PM   #1
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How long for jelly?

Just cleaned out cupboards... WAAAYYYY in back were a few odd jars of pepper jellies and a cactus something like jam.....
No exp dates.
Chuck or ok?

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Old 06-04-2008, 04:58 PM   #2
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If there is no mold or anything like that then you should be OK.
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Old 06-04-2008, 05:05 PM   #3
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If the jars are still sealed and they "pop" when you open them they should be okay. Just check for mold and let your nose guide you before you taste them.
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Really? I throw away everything..... until I found this place.
They are at least 4 years old.... same opinion?
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Old 06-04-2008, 05:30 PM   #5
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Sure... FYI - see the thread http://www.discusscooking.com/forums...lly-21052.html
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Old 06-04-2008, 08:37 PM   #6
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Sugar is a preservative so if it look OK then it probably is.
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Thanks guys.
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Old 06-05-2008, 09:31 AM   #8
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Sugar is a preservative so if it look OK then it probably is.

Actually, it is our old friend water activity that makes jams and jellies safe. They have an Aw of about 8 with it low enough to prevent pathogen growth, but not quite low enough to retard all mold or yeast growth.

Sugar is a preservative in the general sense that it binds with the water molecules, thus reducing the "free water" available and necessary for pathogenic organisms to grow.
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Yes, what Mozart said. :)
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Old 06-20-2008, 04:27 PM   #10
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I would chuck the jelly after a year unless it's the world's best jelly and you can't let it go. A jar of the stuff is what? $3?
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