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Do you think this jam is still good?

PrinceZuko Oct 7, 2013 02:25 AM

I made some fig balsamic jam a month and a half ago and haven't used it all up. School sort of got in the way of my plans. I realize you should use it within a month but with figs out of a season, I would hate to throw it away. Its been stored in a plastic container but nothing looks wrong with it. I would like to stuff a pork loin roast with it this week. What do you think?

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    Harters RE: PrinceZuko Oct 7, 2013 03:19 AM

    Of course it'll be fine. Jam isnt called a preserve for nothing. First sign of anything being wrong would be mould. No mould, no problem.

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      PrinceZuko RE: Harters Oct 7, 2013 04:47 AM

      I was just hesitant as it wasn't canned. Cant can in my house as my house is a no glass zone (dont want to risk it as brother is autistic). But its great to know I can use it.

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        DebinIndiana RE: PrinceZuko Oct 7, 2013 07:14 PM

        People made jam long before there were glass jars to seal it up in -- the large amount of sugar and the long cooking preserves the fruit (and incidentally tastes good). You will find if you try to make low sugar jam that it won't keep as long.

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          sunshine842 RE: DebinIndiana Oct 8, 2013 04:07 AM

          yes -- recipes about for freezer jam, which is typically stored in plastic boxes.

    2. sunshine842 RE: PrinceZuko Oct 7, 2013 03:51 AM

      Has it been in the fridge? If so, use it happily.

      If not, check it very closely for off odors and mould spots. If there's anything out of whack, pitch it.

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        treb RE: PrinceZuko Oct 7, 2013 06:26 AM

        It's cooked and in the frig, it has a loooong life, use it!

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          millygirl RE: PrinceZuko Oct 7, 2013 09:32 AM

          I wouldn't be so sure that it's okay.

          With all due respect just because you don't see mould doesn't mean it's still good. It can still contain salmonella.

          Personally, I would be wary of eating it. Not worth it.

          1. Kajikit RE: PrinceZuko Oct 7, 2013 01:55 PM

            If it was properly made, jam does not 'go bad'. It can get mouldy if you're unlucky but that's not common. The high sugar content keeps anything nasty from growing in it.

            1. alkapal RE: PrinceZuko Oct 7, 2013 02:12 PM

              oh yeah!

              1. alkapal RE: PrinceZuko Oct 7, 2013 02:13 PM

                not only does it have high sugar, but it also has vinegar. both preservatives.

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