Recycling Jars and Lids

David Cavagnaaro shares how he preserves food by recycling jars and lids from supermarket food.
By David Cavagnaro
August/September 2002
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Reusing and recycling jars and lids from supermarket food.

Reusing and recycling jars helps save money on canning jars and lids, you can reuse supermarket juice jars to can tomato or other juices. These juice jar lids have a silicone liner that will reseal many times. just be sure to check the juice before you use it to be certain the recycled lid has stayed sealed. The center of the lid should be slightly depressed and make a high, tight sound when tapped.

Use lids that have metal tabs for screwing on. Some jars have threads in the silicone layer lining the lid: These quickly wear out and should not be reused.

This technique is probably not U.S. Department of Agriculture approved, but I have been using these jars for years, replacing worn lids as needed, with no problem whatsoever.

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