i just opened a jar of baby beets that i put up 9 years ago, and it was fine to my surprise. they were boiled and peeled, then water bath canned, with sugar, salt, bay, black pepper, and clove.
it was a little on the softer side, but it was ok nonetheless.
i also found a few jars of pickled jalapenos, onions, and cherry tomatoes. i'll post results when i open them.
A true lover of nature does not despair now that his mistress has turned a colder cheek.