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Thread: Do You Reuse Your Canning Lids?

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    Do You Reuse Your Canning Lids?

    We had always reused the lids if they were in good shape and the seal looked good. My (frugal) friend returned some jars without the lids. When I asked her about it she said she had always used new ones every time she canned. Do you reuse your lids or get new every time? I just hate throwing away lids that look brand new!

    I found a great catalog for supplies: www.KitchenKrafts.com I've placed one order and was happy with the quality of product. It's so hard to find what I need in stores around here. Also, I'm usually too late in the season deciding what I'll need and places are sold out.

    My house already smells like a pickle factory today! I'm trying the Company Best Pickle recipe out of my Better Homes and Gardens canning book. Love that little book.

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    Overal I do not but I have made jam before using old store jars from food and just reused the lids that came with that. I did store them in the frig though. I would be hard pressed to reuse lids, the round top part not the ring, on foods that I store on the shelf. I would never use reused lids for canned beans etc. Canning is so much work and with some of the foods you have to be extra careful.
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    I use new lids every year. I reuse the rings and jars though.
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    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.

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    Haven't canned in years, but do remember we always used new lids. Too much chance of possible spoilage or contamination.

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    My friend and I have always reused lids in canningg. They need to be inspected to make sure the seal on the round lid is still in good shape. I would not use any that are rusty or look worn. My friend has canned beans from yrs ago still and they are good.
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    Although I haven't canned anything in a long while, I would never use the flats again to can. We always used new, but old [good] rings. The flats could get air in them and you would be in trouble.

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    Lids?? never, it's a one use item. Now the rings, yes.

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    I always use new lids and reuse the rings when canning.

    I do use the old lids to store things like rice, dried beans, etc. I find that storing 1/2 an onion in a short wide-mouth jar in the fridge works really well. No smell and it lasts a lot longer too. (Chopped doesn't last as long)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jo M View Post
    I always use new lids and reuse the rings when canning.

    I do use the old lids to store things like rice, dried beans, etc. I find that storing 1/2 an onion in a short wide-mouth jar in the fridge works really well. No smell and it lasts a lot longer too. (Chopped doesn't last as long)
    Great idea about storing a cut onion! Thanks!

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    I always use new lids, wouldn't even try to use old lids would be afraid they would not seal and I would be out all that work for nothing. I have filled close to 300 jars this summer.I'm going to eat this winter.

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    Always use new lids. It isn't worth the risk using new ones. The rings I use until they are hard to remove, then out they go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterfly48 View Post
    I always use new lids, wouldn't even try to use old lids would be afraid they would not seal and I would be out all that work for nothing. I have filled close to 300 jars this summer.I'm going to eat this winter.
    Wow!! Would love to see pics and know what all you canned.

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    Always used only NEW lids.

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    Always use new lids since using old previously used lid is creating a good place for botulism and other stuff. Too dangerous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoisM View Post
    Great idea about storing a cut onion! Thanks!
    I have been storing cut up onions in a sealed glass jar for years. Never a smell in the refrigerator. Cut up the onion after purchasing or bringing up from storage and put in the fridge. Shake out as needed. Quick and easy fresh onions in a flash. Remember to scrub the lid and jar very well before putting in a fresh onion. Any used jar with a lid will work, but I would never re-use a flat lid from canning. Mother taught us that more than 40 years ago. Those used lids can dry out and become cracked. Once sealed on the jars, the rubber is flattened, which can cause air to leak into the jars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jo M View Post
    I always use new lids and reuse the rings when canning.

    I do use the old lids to store things like rice, dried beans, etc. I find that storing 1/2 an onion in a short wide-mouth jar in the fridge works really well. No smell and it lasts a lot longer too. (Chopped doesn't last as long)
    Thanks for info re: onion. I'm going to try it!

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    I only make jam but I reuse the rings if they are in good shop, not bent or rusty but always use a new flat round piece that goes inside of the ring. That's the sealer for the jar and I wouldn't take a change on it not sealing properly, they aren't very expensive anyway.

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    My mother was a California Master Food Preservationist. Please QB members, DO NOT reuse the flat lids of canning jars. Even if they look perfectly fine, the seal is broken and will not reseal. You are taking a deadly risk.

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    I always use new lids too. I reuse the rings and jars .Better to be safe than sorry.
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    I reuse rings and jars. I would NEVER reuse a lid for anything I was going to process!

    Exception: For pickles I would reuse those old zinc lids that had the white glass in the top - with new rubber rings, though.

    When I read about some of the methods that have been used to preserve/can foods over the years - open kettle, for one - it does make me wonder how so many of us survived so long!
    Last edited by bearisgray; 08-26-2012 at 03:10 AM.

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    Never, ever use old lids. The seal will not last. You can, however, reuse rings and, of course, the jars.

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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.
    DO NOT USE LIDS MORE THAN ONCE. THAT IS JUST PLAIN DUMB. I use only Kerr or Ball jars, I save the rings and sterilize them along with the jars and I always put the new lids in hot water (on the stove - gentle bubble), to soften the red ring and make it better for sealing. All the work that you put into canning and the procedure is down the tubes. I wouldn't even touch that food in the jar. Like #1 Mother always says "DO IT RIGHT OR DON'T DO IT AT ALL!"

    I hate to be tough like that, but Golly Gee, you could be making up some really good poison there! They don't make instructions to be thrown away. And when you are canning, you want the most sanitary conditions in which to work because that is food to eat and not get sick on! The only time you put a jar in your refrigerator after it has gone through the canning process is when it doesn't ping. And the reason for that is because you probably didn't wipe off the edge of the jar!

    I can't understand that person using a used lid. Good Gravy Marie! Edie
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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.
    Heartily agree, I reuse them only if the item is going in the freezer.

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    We have been canning all weekend. We only use new lids. We also freeze a few. I do like canning since it takes up less noticable space in the cellar. We do 100 jars of tomatoe sauce.

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