Wondering about canning lids.

Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:01 pm

Well, the beans are all canned and as usual, I ended up with leftover jar lids. Not many, just 4 or five. Right or wrong, I've never used the leftover lids the next year, just bought new. Wondering if the rubber seal would harden over time and not seal if I tried to use them next year.
Thanks for your time.

Re: Wondering about canning lids.

Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:20 pm

I've used them after 2 or 3 years. Just soak em in hot water before use. Grump

Re: Wondering about canning lids.

Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:22 pm

That is what Em does.. she sterilizes em in hot water. We have used lids in unopened boxes we have had for 4 or 5 years as well as opened boxes a couple 3 years old.

Re: Wondering about canning lids.

Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:37 am

We never had a problem using lids from last year.

Re: Wondering about canning lids.

Sat Sep 03, 2011 6:48 am

Just store them in a cool, dry place. They'll be fine.

Re: Wondering about canning lids.

Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:38 am

My uses the unused ones too. She just puts them in hot water before using. Have never had a problem.

Billy

Re: Wondering about canning lids.

Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:20 pm

Great. I also soak them in hot water before using. Several stores around here have lids on sale. I may stock up.

Re: Wondering about canning lids.

Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:26 am

We stock up when the lids go on sale. They will keep.

Billy

Re: Wondering about canning lids.

Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:14 pm

We too!!!---the lids will be fine next season!!! thanks; sonny

Re: Wondering about canning lids.

Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:46 pm

SONNY wrote:We too!!!---the lids will be fine next season!!! thanks; sonny

and for a few seasons after next season,

Re: Wondering about canning lids.

Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:29 pm

We've never had problems using year old, or older, lids. Always boil them before use as many other posters said. Jeff