Canning beets

Asked September 19, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

Am I able to safely open up canned beets, cook them until they are done and then seal them? They were originally canned 2 years ago.

Winnebago County Wisconsin

1 Response

If your canned beets were canned properly two years ago, they should still be safe to use. If your beets were not canned properly, or you do not know how they were processed, discard them. Opening the jars, re-cooking and resealing would not make them safe. Beets canned properly are already cooked before placing them in jars for processing. Properly canned beets need to be processed in a dial gauge pressure canner at 11 pounds pressure or in a weighted gauge pressure canner at 10 pounds pressure for 30 minutes (pints) or 35 minutes (quarts). Pickled beets can be processed in a water bath canner because of the high amount of vinegar in the recipe. Use a scientifically tested recipe for pickled beets from a reliable source such as USDA or National Center for Home Food Preservation. Pickled beets are processed for 30 minutes in a boiling water bath.