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Post  Megan on 8/22/2010, 8:20 pm

A question for all you experienced canners out there. I have looked in my Ball Blue Book and can't find any info on this:

I know that canning lids can't be re-used once they've gone through the canner. I understand that.

But for my last batch, I "activated" (heated in simmering water for 10 minutes) a lid which I didn't end up using. I did not apply it to a jar and then process it.

So.... can I still use this lid again, even though the lid compound has been activated once, or should I put it in my recycling bin? :?:

TIA! Very Happy
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Post  chocolatepop on 8/22/2010, 8:26 pm

I always do.

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Post  boffer on 8/22/2010, 8:28 pm

I didn't know I was 'activating' the lid-I thought I was sterilizing it. I re-sterilize unused lids all the time. (at least in the years I have something to can Sad )
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Post  Megan on 8/22/2010, 8:34 pm

@chocolatepop wrote:I always do.

happy canning!

You always throw them out, or you always re-use them???
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Post  Megan on 8/22/2010, 8:35 pm

@boffer wrote:I didn't know I was 'activating' the lid-I thought I was sterilizing it. I re-sterilize unused lids all the time. (at least in the years I have something to can Sad )

Being a new-time canner I am being very literal. The book says to keep the temperature at 180 degrees and specifically NOT boil them as it will wreck them. Supposedly this activates the compound on the lid. (I am only repeating what I read, though.)


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Post  camprn on 8/22/2010, 8:35 pm

If you just heated it and did not in fact 'use' the lid, by all means use it the next time you're canning.
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Post  Megan on 8/22/2010, 8:37 pm

@camprn wrote:If you just heated it and did not in fact 'use' the lid, by all means use it the next time you're canning.

Yay! Thank you. I was hoping to avoid buying another 12-pack of lids just to get one more.
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Post  camprn on 8/22/2010, 8:47 pm

@Megan wrote:
@camprn wrote:If you just heated it and did not in fact 'use' the lid, by all means use it the next time you're canning.

Yay! Thank you. I was hoping to avoid buying another 12-pack of lids just to get one more.
Next year you will only have to buy the lids, not the rings and jars! Cha-Ching! Very Happy Very Happy
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Post  Megan on 8/22/2010, 8:49 pm

I may have another year still... I have several cases of jars/bands/lids I bought YEARS ago for dry storage of herbs. I'm still looking for 4-oz jars, though... may have to buy them directly from Ball.
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Post  camprn on 8/22/2010, 9:10 pm

@Megan wrote:I may have another year still... I have several cases of jars/bands/lids I bought YEARS ago for dry storage of herbs. I'm still looking for 4-oz jars, though... may have to buy them directly from Ball.
not your regular quilted 4 oz jars:
The Jar Store


other jars


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Post  Megan on 8/22/2010, 9:16 pm

@camprn wrote: not your regular quilted 4 oz jars:
The Jar Store

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Post  camprn on 8/22/2010, 9:21 pm

@Megan wrote:
@camprn wrote: not your regular quilted 4 oz jars:
The Jar Store

Shocked Shocked
LOL, what's the matter? Are there too many choices now? I have used other jars in the past for jelly for gifts, they look nice. Very Happy
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Post  chocolatepop on 8/22/2010, 9:45 pm

do you process them the same?
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Post  Megan on 8/22/2010, 9:46 pm

That was going to be my question, too. If using a jar with same volume capacity, does everything else work the same way?
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Post  camprn on 8/22/2010, 9:59 pm

yup, pretty much. Very Happy I have used these jars in the past and they did great.Canning lid question Ss6tl
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Post  LaFee on 8/22/2010, 11:15 pm

Yes, you can keep a lid you didn't use and re-use it the next time.

Yes, you're killing a lot of the critters by keeping the lids in boiling water before using them...but the heat also softens the rubber/silicone/whatever seals, allowing them to more securely mold themselves to the mouth of the jar.

They firm up when they cool down, so that the firm seal won't break.

So you're not really activating it as much as you are just getting it ready to use so that it makes the best possible seal.

I buy new jars with new sealing rings -- happily, there's a company in France that makes new lids specifically made to fit the wonderful Bonne Maman jam jars sold in France...they're a good size, they're attractive, and they're all but indestructible.

I've also used Quattro Formaggio jars -- they're a pretty shape, too.

But my all time favorite (mostly for salsas and canned fruits and vegetables) are Le Parfait (means The Perfect) -- they're the old-fashioned kind with a wire bail and a rubber seal....they look GORGEOUS all lined up on your shelf.
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Post  ander217 on 8/23/2010, 8:48 pm

After I open a jar of food I wash the lid and then mark it with an X and put it in a separate drawer. Those used lids come in handy for making freezer jam, or covering jars of dried beans, or covering a jar of iced tea while working in the garden.

Megan, you might check out flea markets and yard sales for small canning jars. I've found some incredible bargains on them. Just make sure to run your finger around the rim to check for nicks which might prevent a good seal.
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