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I'm getting ready to start my first pressure canning endeavors and I am purchasing some jars for my adventures.

Question though: In our cellar, my grandparents had a few pints of relish and quarts of tomatoes that popped. They aren't old jars, and were purchased new. I know the seals can't be used again but what about the jars? I think they failed because Gran got sick and Pop didn't know how to properly can them. I'm hesitant because the contents are bad and molded. I just hate the idea of throwing away perfectly good jars if they can be used again. Jars get pricey!

Also: Would you consider the contents safe to throw on the compost pile? I would say so, but just wondering.

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As long as you wash and inspect the jars every time before you use them, jars last forever! Just don't use any that are chipped. Check them and then add them to your jar collection! :)

I would imagine you could compost the failed contents.
 
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