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Rusty canning rings

Discussion in 'Roll Your Own - Homemade Products' started by buckeye lady, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. Dec 15, 2009
    buckeye lady

    buckeye lady Lovin' The Homestead

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    Most of my canning rings are heavily rusted. They still do the job but they look bad. When do you toss them? Could I spray paint them?
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    dacjohns

    dacjohns Our Frustrated Curmudgeon

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    Try some sandpaper or steel wool to clean off the threads so they screw on easier.
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    ducks4you

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    I guess I wouldn't keep heavily rusted rings--there are probably some that wouldn't use ANY with rust, but I don't mind a little. I guess I'd be afraid of flaking some of the rust in the food I was preserving.
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    patandchickens

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    I don't see any issue as long as they screw on/off without too much difficulty. The main problems are just a) aesthetic, and b) if they get too rusty they can be hard to get properly snug-but-not-overtightened, or can loosen the canning lid when you remove the ring the day after processing.

    Personally I don't think there's any other health issues involved - the ring does not contact the food itself anywhere, and even if a wee flake of rust fell off into your jelly as you were opening the jar, I don't thnk it's gonna kill you ;)

    Removed from the jars the day after canning, however, and washed/dried/stored properly, they will not rust for many many years, IME.

    JMHO,

    Pat
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    ScottSD

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    It does sound like they were left on after canning. A lot of liquid stays in the threads and causing rust.

    Like the guy with the grumpy avatar says, try steel wool.
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    pioneergirl

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    Now I have a new wrinkle in my brain....thanx for sharing the info!! :D
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    buckeye lady

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    They had been removed after use. They were stored in the damp area of the basement. I didn't realize it was damp there.
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    sylvie

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    I use steel wool, then after dry will oil them with vegetable oil and let set. The oil keeps the rust from returning. I can then wash immediately before using anytime I can. Just what I've always done.
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    freemotion

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    If you lived near me, I'd give you a bunch! Being a fairly new canner and a bit compulsive about it, I have a gazillion rings. I think they are breeding in my drawers. All shiny and new.
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    buckeye lady

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    Next time I need lids I'll buy lids with rings and take better care of the rings.
    Any craft ideas for rusty old canning rings?
    If I can't find another use for them they will go to the scrap yard for recycling.

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