- May 14, 2017
- Reaction score
- Central Maine, Zone 4B
I always took that as the suggestion anyway. Ball has on its packaging 18 months strong now.
I would take those statements with a 50# salt lick. Why wouldn't a manufacturer want you to pitch a box of lids that you bought a few years ago? If they can convince you that those lids aren't safe, because they are OLD, then... they'll have you running out to buy some new ones... just in case. I re-use my lids, and will on rare occasion have a seal fail in the processing. But, I have NEVER had a seal fail after it's gone into the pantry. My Walmart lids seal just as well as name brand lids, and there is not expiration date on them.i think they're fine for years once sealed and not abused. i think it's just a marketing thing really. like the constant changes in amounts and packaging and then claiming "Now X% more!", etc. uh, who me cynical? heh...
I often see folks recommend all sorts of practices that are not best practice. Such as: turn the jar upside down when it comes out of the canner. Tighten down the ring after it comes out of the canner. Leave the ring on the jar, after it comes out of the canner.
When I remove a jar, it sets on a towel till cool. Then... I remove the ring, and wash the top of the jar. Then, it goes into storage, and is stored out of sunlight. Best practice is to not stack them.
BTW, I suggest that all of you home canners: be sure you have all the lids AND CANNING SUPPLIES you will need this season... purchased and ready to go long before canning season actually arrives.