Joe..on several occasions, I've found a few bottles of different stuff that were made 2 yrs before(gr. tomato chow, jams, jellies, beets, Dill and mustard pickles, B & B pickles...almost every thing I make at one time or another...and in one case 3 yrs old (sweet mix pickles, bread & butter and blackberry jelly)...all was the finest kind...dill's are awesome when aged 2 yrs !!
My mustard pickles tend to get a little dark on the surface when left for more than 16-18 months...it only runs about a half inch deep...I just scoop out a couple of TBSP from the top, and it good to go ( there's no difference at all in taste with the darker stuff...just a cosmetic thing I guess) definitely no worse than the first spoonful from the old parafin wax sealed jars that I grew up with from the 60's
Thanks. I have used them after 2 years no problem but some of the jams and jellies may go three and still look good so I hate to toss them rest after two I toss them normally
I am the only one left in the house that still will eat anything like this other than some jelly so 12 bottles of pickles for example I cannot eat in a year and only have so many to give them away to now with 99% of family and friends either dead or moved away
Once one stops working and you get sick your circle gets real small I have found also
Thanks for the feedback and yes I remember the wax well