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I *think* the standard guidelines are around one year, but it's not due to potential food spoilage, just for quality purposes. I've eaten home canned pickles that are a good four years old with no problems- pickle relish that was five years old too now that I think about it.

 

Editing to add from the National Center For Home Food Preservation:

 

How long will canned food keep?

Properly canned food stored in a cool, dry place will retain optimum eating quality for at least 1 year. Canned food stored in a warm place near hot pipes, a range, a furnace, or in indirect sunlight may lose some of its eating quality in a few weeks or months, depending on the temperature. Dampness may corrode cans or metal lids and cause leakage so the food will spoil.

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Properly canned food will stay good for years and years. Seriously.

 

This is what I always thought and have eaten stuff way older than a year. Honestly hadn't really thought about it until I was reading something and saw the year guideline. I usually go by smell/taste.

 

Anyway I was just wondering.

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