Friday, September 26, 2014
Watch out for container damage on broth boxes!
First watch the video...it is very short.
Okay, home canned broth is awesome and better for you and LOADS cheaper. However, I admit I try to keep a few store bought ones around too. I often run out of home canned or I just don't have time to run the pressure canner. I know I can freeze it, and I do freeze a limited amount.
Anyway, you get the point, I took the easy way out and I bought a couple today. The last few times I have bought broth I pick the new cardboard coated vacuum sealed containers. They seem a better value a lot of the times for store bought. I just got some new containers home from shopping and I happened to discover an issue. (Thank you to God for opening my eyes to it!)
The corner has been grazed by something. It is hard to tell if it happened during my handling on the way home or if it happened in the store. I suspect it was already like that. Anyway, I could return it and get my money back and Aldi even will replace the product. Their double guarantee. I don't blame them as a store at all. It could have been ANY store as many places sell broth in these containers. I am also not 100% sure it came like that. I neglected to check it because I hadn't encountered that before.
I wanted to share it so you all can see and know to make certain yourself. It is a big concern really. From my canning experience this is the sort of thing you want to be careful about. With the seal broken anything can happen making you and your family sick. Botulism is typically anaerobic needing the seal to be present for an oxygen-less environment in order to grow. Still yet, with that broken seal, (and if it was broken for a long time) any monster critter could be lurking in that broth. Some things are not killed by boiling and it isn't worth the chance of using it. I will toss this container. I am out a little shy of a $1.50. No big deal. I am blessed to have seen it.
It DOES concern me for these containers. If a bumped corner can be broken easily as it appears, are they truly as safe as I had previously assumed? How easy would it have been for me to have missed this? Extremely easy. I could have stashed this in my pantry and not used this container for a long while. Then one day I might have grabbed it and used the product never noticing the tiny corner damage.
I think I will go back to cans when I do buy store bought broth. Better yet, I really need to dust my canner back off and do the homemade. Broth is pretty easy to do so I should make the time. It is worth it.