Really? I figured the less it get's retheead, the better the nutrients will survive . I might be able to split the 1 quart and 1 pint jars I store it into, and use 3 pints instead I made this soup up to take as a bug be gone vaccine while we traveled recently, since I ALWAYS get sick after travelin'. (stored in jars in ice chest) I drank a big mug daily. So far, no sickies- but two weeks will tell. All signs point to good tho, since my hubby who didn't want any has a wicked (I suspect due to his cough and wheeze) brochitis.