then I also need to report my fails.
Out of the 14 quarts of chili I canned, one jar didn't seal right out of the canner. That is not unusual. While I was washing the jars prior to shelving them, another six jars popped their seals. That is unusual.
I am not sure why this happened. There are a number of reason why lids don't seal, but this is the first time I can remember having jars that seal, only to come loose the next day.
I put the offending jars in the fridge. Tomorrow I will transfer the chili from the jars to freezer bags and freeze them. I am debating whether or not I should just open the rest of the jars and freeze the contents of them as well. With a failure rate of 50%, it seems likely that others could lose their seals and I could have chili on my shelf, slowly rotting away if I don't catch the popped seals right away. Better to err on the side of caution.
On the bright side, I didn't lose any chili due to spoilage. Good thing I cleaned out the freezer. :)
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