Calling Ol' Git - can you tell me more about styrofoam lids for canning? : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) Preparation Forum : One Thread

Ol' Git, I believe you're the one I read who suggested using cut-outs from styrofoam trays inside mayonnaise jar-type lids as good seals in lieu of the metal-and-rubber seals we buy. We have some of those lids, but I'm not convinced we have nearly enough, and I'd like to know more about this styrofoam lid business. Have you actually used these, and do they last more or less the same length of time as "regular" canning lids?

Thanks so much for your help.

-- peg (, November 09, 1999


The styrofoam lid-liner hint came from an old issue of Organic Gardening. It's meant to replace the cardboard in the mayo lids so that you have a fairly airtight seal. It's not meant for actual canning purposes (the styro would melt), although I'm sure it would be ideal for cold pickling. It's really just to give a snug fit.

-- Old Git (, November 09, 1999.

Sometimes I put a wide rubber band around the threads of the jar before putting the lid on. Makes a decent air tight seal.

-- Carol (, November 10, 1999.

Old Git - I apologize for getting your name wrong. I tend to be an airhead when I'm in a hurry, but that's no excuse for messing up your name. Especially when you seem to be one of the most knowledgeable and helpful members of this forum!

Thanks for the info - obviously I was hoping to find something that would substitute for the commercial canning lids. Sigh. I guess I'll keep working on my hubby to buy more lids!

CAROL - I don't suppose that rubber band thing would work for actual canning, would it? [Is this called grasping at straws??]


-- peg (, November 11, 1999.

Peg, I hate to tell you but Old Git is not my name. . . (VBG) Very well-bred of you to apologize but not necesary. Tell your parents they did a terrific job!

I wish I could help re the lids but I think you have no option but to bite the bullet and spring for more canning lids. By far the safest way to go.

The other thing I want you to know is the reason I spend so much time on the two forums is I have foot problems and have to keep them elevated much of the time. How do I manage? Notebook computer on my knee! I read a lot of poetry and literature via the Net--SO much easier than holding a book! I come across all sorts of information, some of which I post on the forums when it's relevant. So, actually, you all are doing ME a favor by reading the info I find--I like to recycle!

-- Old Git (, November 11, 1999.

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