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    can food in canning jars be stored lying down/on their side

    Chef #1448489
    Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:11 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    My family and I are interesting in buying a Harvest Food Rotation System and I was curious if canning jars were able to be stored laying down/on their side?
    Dib's
    Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:28 pm
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    [quote="Chef #1448489"]My family and I are interesting in buying a Harvest Food Rotation System and I was curious if canning jars were able to be stored laying down/on their side?[/quote]

    You run the risk of corroding the seal. So no, not something I would consider.
    Molly53
    Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:45 pm
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    Chef 1448489 wrote:
    My family and I are interesting in buying a Harvest Food Rotation System and I was curious if canning jars were able to be stored laying down/on their side?
    Not a good idea for liquid jar contents to have continuous contact with lid. Particularly something acidic, like tomato sauce or pickles. Cases of food jars have "store this end up" on them for that reason.

    Another reason....that gravity-feed system is designed for metal cans. Because canning jars are not perfectly symmetrical as metal cans are, I'd be worried about the jars not rolling through smoothly and the possibility of breakage as they move down and come into contact each other.

    That Harvest unit looks like a tremendous system and the reviews are just wonderful. If I were in your shoes, I'd clear all the metal cans from the shelves into it and use that space for glass jars. Take a look at this thread: ORGANIZING YOUR PANTRY (link) for some great ideas.



    Last edited by Molly53 on Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:45 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Chef #1448489
    Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:42 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    Thanks for your reply, Molly. I had wanted to use glass canning jars on the shelves rather than tin cans but was afraid that the lying down or prone position would not be good for "canned" food and cause spoilage. I was also worried about the jars clinking together and breaking. If what you say is true, that the food must maintain contact with the lid, then I guess I will find an alternative method of storage. I have to say I was hoping the shelving unit would work for "canned" food. I planted extra tomatoes this year to can for next year, and my pantry is not up to the task.
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