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One more question - re-washing jars & lids

Posted by katkatf none (My Page) on
Tue, Sep 27, 11 at 11:03

I had washed a whole bunch of jars yesterday, foolishly thinking I was going to get more done than I did! :( I covered the jars and lids with a clean towel. Can I still consider them clean? In other words, if I carry on with canning today, do I need to rewash the jars and lids I washed yesterday, or can they just go straight to the hot water bath before canning?


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RE: One more question - re-washing jars & lids

If I have already washed the jars, then I normally just re-rinse well with very hot tap water. I store all my jars upside down to keep the spiders and dust out of them.

If I left them sitting out on the counter uncovered, then I would rewash, as they would probably have had flies crawling inside them (the flies are horrid right now!) or cats putting their paws in them, or just general dust settling in them (live on a dirt road)

RE: One more question - re-washing jars & lids

Anything that will be processed for more than 10 min. doesn't require sterilized jars or lids. So you can put them in the hot BWB if you want but all you need to do is make sure they are hot. So re-wash and then fill with hot tap water until just before ready to fill. Or just run them through the hot rinse cycle on the dishwasher if you have one.

Lids should never boil, just be heated. A bowl of hot water heated in the microwave and then take it out and put the lids in it works fine.


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