While going through the shelves I use for my home canned jars of food, I found a few jars of fruit that I had canned as an experiment a couple of years ago. I decided to open one jar of each to see how they held up.
The first was a jar of those little oranges - mandarin oranges or as they are sometimes called, Clementines. They had been canned in a light sugar water syrup. They had turned a kind of brownish color. That could be due to the fact that the shelving unit holding them is located in my living room and isn't in the dark. The fruit had turned to mush. Others may have successfully canned these, but as for me, I will use the mandarin oranges in a can from the grocery store.
About the same time I saw where some were canning grapes, so I gave that a try. This time I just covered the grapes with water. They stayed fairly firm, but had nearly no taste at all. I can think of no good reason to waste jars on tasteless fruit.
I will still can some fruits, but these two are not among them.
It is fun to experiment with canning new foods. But at this time when grocery prices are headed skyward, I believe I will be sticking to what I know works. For me, that is mostly meats, soups, stews and vegetables.
After all, the point of this whole food storage thing is to make sure my family has food when things get really bad. In my area, jars and lids are a hit or miss situation. I will be spending time getting rid of the experiments that failed and filling those jars with what will fill the bellies of hungry family.
As always, pray and prepare.