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My home-canned foods were covered by flood water. How can I clean them?

Home-canned foods in glass jars are not safe. The food should be destroyed and the flat (lid) should be discarded. The empty jars and rings should be sterilized as follows:

-Wash in soapy water.

-Cover completely with a chlorine solution of household bleach (5.25%). Use one tablespoon per gallon of water.

-Rinse well in clear water.


-Cover with water and boil vigorously for ten minutes.




Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia





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