Old (but Unused, in Box) Canning Lids

12 years ago


First, I want to say how happy I am to find this Forum! I look forward to learning and sharing. :-)

I am getting ready to start canning for the very first time - I have my DH's Grandma's enameled canning kettle, several cases of canning jars, etc. I've ordered the 23-qt Presto pressure canner, bought the other tools, and can't wait to get going - my strawberries are going to be ready soon, not to mention Rose Petal Jam!

Anyway, there are probably 10-12 boxes of unused canning lids, both sizes. I don't know how old they are, but I do know they are at least 10 years old.

*3 boxes of Ball Mason Regular dome lids

*2 boxes Ball Regular decorative dome lids (I know these are old - there's an add on the side of the box for the New! 29th Edition of the Ball Blue Book... for only 59 cents. :-)

* 12 boxes of BerNARdin wide mouth snap lids

I know the rings are reusable, but is there any way to tell if the lids are still good? I hate wasting, but I'd rather waste the lids than the food.

Thank you!

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