Canning Safety: Can You Reuse Canning Lids?

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Reusing canning lids is not recommended. One-time-use metal canning lids are designed to create a good seal during the canning process, which cannot be replicated after use. Reusable canning lids in good condition can be safely reused.

Can You Reuse Canning Lids?

Reusing single-use canning lids is not safe. Reusing canning lids can compromise the sealing capacity of the lid, potentially allowing air and bacteria to enter the jar and spoil the food.

Most companies making tin canning jar lids state that their canning jar lids are designed for one-time-canning only. Metal canning lids should be new, whether you’re using them for water bath canning or pressure canning. 

Gold metal single use canning lids
Single-use canning lids

Are Reusable Canning Lids with a Rubber Seal Safe to Reuse?

You can use reusable lids, but reusable lids don’t match the level of safety and reliability of single-use lids. Reusable lids such as those by Tattler are regular-sized plastic lids with separate rubber seals. Reusable lids are considered more cost-effective but may not stand up to long-term use.

Should You Reuse Canning Lids?

No, reusing canning lids is not recommended. When canning, the gasket sealing compound under new canning lids is softened by the heat of the canning process and then adheres tightly to the jar rim, creating a vacuum seal. Once they have been used for the first time, they may not seal properly.

Dangers of Reusing Canning Lids

Here are some of the reasons why experts warn against reusing canning lids:

  1. Compromising the seal: Used canning lids may not seal.
  2. Contamination: Reusing lids can let air and moisture into canning jars, causing contamination during the canning process.
  3. Rust and corrosion: Reusing canning lids can lead to rust and corrosion, which can make checking jar seals difficult.
  4. Warped lids: Canning lids can become warped or damaged during the canning process and ruin the airtight seal over time.
Rusted canning lid on mason jar
Rusted canning lid

Can You Reuse Metal One-Time-Use Canning Lids?

No, it is not safe to reuse a metal one-time canning lid. Use them once, discard them, and use new lids for subsequent canning projects.

How to Reuse Canning Lids

  1. Before each use, inspect the lids for any signs of damage or wear.
  2. Use warm, soapy water to clean the lids.
  3. Boil the lids to soften the sealing compound or soak them in hot water for about 20 minutes.
  4. When reusing lids, it’s important to follow safe canning techniques.
  5. After the canning process, monitor the seals on the jars to ensure they remain properly sealed.
  6. If you are using reusable canning lids, be sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Repurposing Canning Supplies Ideas

After using your canning supplies, consider repurposing them:

  • Canning baskets can be used to organize cleaning supplies
  • Canning jars can be used for gardening
  • Glass lids can be used as coasters for drinks
  • Jar lifters can be used as tongs for handling hot items in the kitchen
  • Mason jars can be used for organizing craft supplies
  • Rubber rings can be used to make DIY wreaths
Canning jars with dirt and plants inside
Gardening with canning jars

Ways to Save on Canning Lids and Supplies

Home food preservation doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are some ways to save money on home canning supplies:

  • Check thrift stores and garage sales for canning supplies
  • Consider investing in reusable canning lids
  • Consider sharing supplies with friends to split the cost
  • Keep an eye out for sales and clearance items on canning supplies
  • Many retailers offer discounts when buying in bulk


Patrick has a farming background and is a full-time food writer and recipe creator. His goal is to help you discover how fantastic canning is by sharing his knowledge. Outside of the kitchen, Patrick enjoys outdoor activities and exploring nature in all its beauty.

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