Ditch Your Rings and Store Your Jars Naked

Ditch Your Rings and Store Your Jars Naked

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Sarah Rae Smith
Apr 6, 2011

With the warmer months upon us, visions of canning parties and fresh goods from our gardens begin to dance in our head. We're as excited as you, but this morning we learned something new about all those jars we've been squirreling away for long cold winter days. Can you tell what's happening in the photo above?

Over at Food In Jars, Marisa reminds us that once we've canned our garden harvest we should be removing the rings. Why? There are a few reasons, but the most important is that it puts unwanted pressure on the seal.

If your jars have traveled or you have some old goods in your pantry, you might have some that still have their rings. Marisa shows us how easy it is to remove those rings when they're flipped upside down in a bowl of warm water. Don't worry, everything will stay sealed, but it will help break stuck on rings free so they can be stored properly.

• Check out all the details on this process at Food In Jars

(Image: Food In Jars)

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