Liquid cloudy on canned carrots

Asked December 16, 2013, 12:18 AM EST

I canned carrots in Nov. 2013 and some of them the liquid turned very cloudy. They are still sealed. What causes it? Are they safe to eat?

Oregon food safety home food preservation canned foods

1 Response

Cloudiness can be a sign of spoilage or could occur from starches in the carrots soaking out in to the canning liquid. This would be more likely if they are mature carrots or those that have been stored for some time before preserving. It might be from using table salt, with ant-caking agents rather than canning salt, or high mineral content of water. If the carrots were canned according to current instructions, the pressure canner was working properly, and the jars are sealed, they should be safe. If you have any doubts, boiling them for 10 minutes before tasting should eliminate toxins that might be present.
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