I have almost come to the end of my stock of jam jars but my mother in law drinks loads (and I mean loads) of Lift lemon tea. The jars have plastic lids though.
Can I use them for jam and pickles. I like to have lids on my jars so that I can store them stacked on top of each other and also many of them are destined for christmas presents.
But I dont want to ask her to start saving them for me if they will be of no use. Does anyone know if they will be okay?
Debbie, I use jars with plastic lids for chutneys and pickles. If I am not sure they will seal tightly I use a double layer of clingfilm on the top of the jar under the lid. I haven't had any problems with it, and they don't rust from the action of the vinegar the way metal lids can.
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Can't you still get cellophane tops to go on jams in the UK? These shrink to fit the top and my Mum always used to use those.
Joanna, from what I understand for short term storage, like up to one year approx, the cello tops are perfect especially for jams and jellies. But the acid content of chutneys can deteriorate them pretty quickly. Same for metal tops. I guess that's why jam factories use metal tops that are coated with plastic/wax on the underside.
Debih, your mum's snap on plastic lids should be fine as long as they are airtight. If in doubt, get some cheap cello discs and rubber bands, and the snap on your plastic lids. Airtightness is the main priority.
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