I just had to say; today I went to grammas and got: 35 1/2 pints (aka jelly jars) 108 pints 129 quart jars... she passed away and this was one of the few things i could have... now...lets pick your brains... how long do you think preserved properly food lasts in jars? BTW-- here is a hint; 35 yr old zucchini relish..not so much... 15 yr old jam..no so much... 27 yr old apple pie filling..def. not! on the serious note; this does lead me to ask..just how long do we keep our canned goods? I know I will probably use mine in time; but for the newbie canners...its a valid question... AS well as; you think emptying them, rinsing them, dishwasher-ing them will be enough?? (about 1/2 had food in them)..or should I do a bleach water solution then dishwasher again??? and I was also able to come home with a speckled hot water bath canner/rack, a larger stock pot and a 12 qt mirro pressure canner...not sure how old it is.. you think I can test it any way to see if its reliable and safe to use??