I had ordered 4 bottles of ketchup in my last grocery order to use in making Barbecue sauce to can, knowing I had another 4 bottles in my closet pantry to add to them for the amount of sauce I wanted to can. However, when I brought the ketchup from the pantry out into the light of day, I found it had turned a dark brown in color. Granted, it was a year past it's 'best by' date. But when I opened the bottles I found they had an off smell to them. Into the trash they went.
The new plan for ketchup is to buy #10 cans of ketchup at Sam's Club and re-can it. I have done this before with good results even several years after canning. Apparently, storing food like ketchup or salad dressing in plastic bottles for long term isn't working, at least not for me. After checking prices on Sam's website, I find it is very cost effective to buy the large cans as opposed to bottles at the grocery store.
Last post told you about canning baked beans. I got 8 pints and 19 half pints from four 1 lb. bags of dry beans. I haven't done an exact figuring of cost, but an educated guess tells me I would be surprised if I had used over $7 worth of ingredients total. And considering an 8 ounce can of baked beans was costing me $1.38, I think it was well worth the time and effort. A taste test told me I will can these again.
Unless something really ticks me off and I decide to write a rant, I likely will be AWOL until the end of this coming week. It is hot. It is humid. I am doing small, quiet things right now because heat and humidity are not kind to me. However, I am ordering ingredients to be delivered Thursday to can beef stew. I'll tell you all about that when the stew is in the jars.
I whined so much last winter about the snow and cold that I don't dare complain about hot weather. So I will make another batch of iced tea and patiently wait for fall. :)