F.A.Q - Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is the best method of storing McCall Farms can products?

Answer:
McCall Farms canned fruits and vegetables is a very convenient and ideal way of storing food. If stored properly, they will retain a shelf life of two years or more. There is no need to discard the can unless it is leaking or bulging. Our products lose no nutritional value while they are being stored. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when storing unopened vegetables or leftovers: --Keep cans in a cool, dry place with an ideal temperature of 40 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. --Leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator for up to four or five days. --Leftovers can be frozen for up to six months, however, freezing may change the texture of some vegetables.

Question: Are all McCall Farms products safe to eat cold from the can?

Answer:
Canned fruits and vegetables are thermally processed and commercially sterile. If that is your preference, they are indeed safe to eat cold, right out of the can, unless the product is spoiled.

Question: Are products contained in a dented or a bulging can safe to eat?

Answer:
A dented can is safe to eat unless the dent is on the side or end seam of the can. If the can is leaking or bulging, we recommend the can be destroyed.

Question: How are McCall Farms products processed?

Answer:
McCall Farms products go through extensive cleaning methods before being put into the can for cooking. Packaging a consistently high-quality product in the can for our consumers is the most important aspect of our business. To do this, we use well-trained, knowledgeable team members and the latest and most efficient equipment in our plant and lab. We pride ourselves on taking extensive efforts to ensure that all of our consumers are satisfied to the fullest. The code on top of the lid tells us which shift packed the product, which day, and even from which field the product was harvested.

Question: What is Hoppin' John and where did the legend of eating them on New Year's Day come from?

Answer:
You're right - Hoppin' John is traditionally eaten on New Year's Day. It is said that if eaten on January 1st, you will have good luck throughout the Year. Hoppin' John can be prepared in many different ways, but we prepare ours healthy and delicious. It contains black eyed peas, tomatoes, onions, jalapeno peppers and a brine that has been in the Swink family for many, many years. True Southerners would not think of starting a New Year without keeping this tradition of eating Hoppin' John. So, enjoy our Hoppin' John on New Year's Day but of course, anytime of the year.

Question: How do I Prepare McCall Farms products?

Answer:
Our products are microwaveable and are also easy to prepare on your stovetop. Pour un-drained contents into a saucepan, heat to boiling, season to your taste, serve and enjoy.

Question: What is the difference between Freestone peaches and Cling peaches?

Answer:
Answer: A processed Cling peach appears firmer and has a brighter yellow color. Also, the pit or stone of the peach "clings" to the actual meat of the peach, hence the name. A Freestone peach is the peach you probably savor the most during the summer months of June, July and August. It does not have quite as much color or texture as the Cling, but is a far better-tasting peach. The stone or pit in a Freestone is much more easily removed and freed from the meat of the peach. The peach we process is the Southern Freestone. These peaches are picked in the upstate of South Carolina and Georgia and processed the same day, which keeps its freshness, nutrients and refreshingly great taste.