I am brand new to this board... As well as brand new to the world of canning (at least by myself). My mother used to can anything and everything and I would "help" her! She has passed away or else I'd be asking her because to be honest she was the Queen of Canning! I still have some of the food that she canned and I'm trying to sort through what is still edible and what must be discarded.
I'm hoping that someone will be able to answer a couple of questions: 1) There are Dill Pickles, Pickled Beets, Stewed Tomatoes, and various types of Hot Peppers, Relishes and Jams left - my question is how long are these types of canned foods edible for, assuming they haven't become unsealed? and 2) If stewed tomatoes have become unsealed and gone bad, are you able to re-use the mason jar, for some reason I remember her telling me that if tomatoes had gone bad you shouldn't re-use the jars... is this true?
Thank you in advance!