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Thread: Do You Reuse Your Canning Lids?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweet View Post
    Although I have not canned lately, we always had new lids. Better be safe than sorry. The cost for lids is small compared to a visit to a doc or hospital.
    Good way to get salmanella. Lids that have been used once are not good to use again, altho I have made jam using the jars jam comes in with those lids. The other lids used for pickles, veggies etc need to be new in order to make sure you get a good seal. Once used they don't do that. My MIL would be 100 yr old now if she was alive and one thing she always stressed when we canned was new lids. And if a jar is nicked on the rim do not use it either because it won't seal. She was one who canned anything and everything, and I learned a lot from her. She always said it was safer to just not reuse lids unless you are storing something in the fridge as left overs etc.

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    You should never use canning lids a second time! Too much danger from botulism. I, do, also reuse jelly jars or pickle jars for jellies and jams. They seal very well. But, I do keep them in a spare fridge after I can the jellies.

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    I never re-use the lid.
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    to be perfectly safe, the lids aren't to be re-used for food that is going to be processed and stored unrefrigerated. i reuse them for stuff i'm storing in the refrigerator or freezing.
    there is a "new" old system out there this year: reusable plastic white lids with detached rubber rings that are one use. the rubber rings is a reversion back to the rubber rings of the glass jar lids with the wire bale. the rubber on either the old style Ball and Kerr lids is what does the actual sealing once it it is heated and stays sealed because of the vacuum created by the processing. the rubber rings on the detachable system does the same

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizkyp View Post
    I use new lids every year. I reuse the rings and jars though.
    Me too - rings and jars, not the rubber sealed lids themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mizkyp View Post
    I use new lids every year. I reuse the rings and jars though.
    Same here, I never reuse the lids unless it is just to put over something I am using right away in the fridge. No canning with old lids.
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    I only use the old lids when I wash my jars and store them. It keeps the dirt and dust out til I am ready to use them. otherwise. no...

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    ALWAYS use new lids. Some things are just made to be disposable!

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    The only thing I would reuse lids for is pickles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karate lady View Post
    I only use the old lids when I wash my jars and store them. It keeps the dirt and dust out til I am ready to use them. otherwise. no...
    Same here. It's just not worth taking the chance.

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    If they are in perfect shape I will re-use them. Never had a problem with them. I've had more new ones not seal than used ones.

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    I have on occasion reused lids for jelly. There were usually a few that did not "pop" so those were used first or given to friends for immediate use only.
    If you are planning on long term storage (more than a month or so) I would make very sure the seal was secure.
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    Just because they "look good " is not what matters. How the pressure treated the rubber in the canning process is the important factor....i would always ....Always use new lids please.
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    Never. Last year I purchased the re-usable plastic lids and rubber rings for canning. I am very happy with them. And I like the thought of not having to throw away the used lids. The initial cost is much more than the metal lids but the plastic ones will last a long time.
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    I have been canning now for 40 years and I always use new lids but I reuse the rims. I figure the lids can be bought without the rims for a couple of dollars. So a couple of dollars is worth it. Just to have the peace of mind that my canned food will be safe to eat.

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    No, I would never reuse the lids for canning & "hope" they will seal. However, I do reuse the "good" ones for general storage of leftovers such as soup, etc.

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    Smile There are now reusable lids!

    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Never. Last year I purchased the re-usable plastic lids and rubber rings for canning. I am very happy with them. And I like the thought of not having to throw away the used lids. The initial cost is much more than the metal lids but the plastic ones will last a long time.
    The Tattler lids advertised on Glenn Beck's show are reusable and guaranteed for a lifetime. They are not plastic, have no PBA and have been tested up to 50 times I believe with success. Just google Tattler reusable lids and you should find them. Worth the extra price if they last forever!

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    I reuse the rings and buy new lids.
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    I only use used lids on jellies. On everything else - news ones.

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    I use new lids-always! I do re-use rings and jars though. New lids are a small price to pay for peace of mind. And too much effort and $$ goes into it all to risk it!!
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    New lids always!
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    I reuse canning lids only for various crafts. the canning lids when used again sometimes doesnt seal properly,
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    Canning is too much work to try to cut corners on lids...they are cheap and my labor and time counts too!

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    I reuse them for everyday use. If I am going to do canning with a pressure cooker I use new ones. But if you just use the jars and lids for something to put in the fridge no need to throw them away. Also freezer jams don't need new lids.

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    Always new lids, rings I use until they rust then recycle them...
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