How Long Do Ball Canning Lids Last?

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Saving money is an oft-cited advantage of canning food at home for later use. Although unused and sealed Ball canning lids have a relatively long life, reusing lids is not worth the cost savings.

Unused Lids

  • According to Jarden Home Brands, the manufacturer of Ball home canning jars, lids and bands, unused lids should be stored in a cool, dry place. Helen Aardsma of Mulberry Lane Farm reports that lids have a shelf life of five to 10 years if stored properly.

Sealed Lids

  • Jarden states that if correct canning procedures are followed, preserved foods with sealed lids should last indefinitely. A lid corroded on the top is OK as long as the vacuum seal between the lid and jar is retained. Freezing can cause the seal to break.

Reuse

  • According to the manufacturer, lids are for "one-time use only." Once a lid has been used, it may not form the all-important vacuum seal needed to preserve the canned food a second time around. Aardsma shares that about half the jars did not seal when she tried reusing lids once.

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