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#1 of 6 Old 06-06-2009, 08:27 PM - Thread Starter
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I use glass canning jars to store my milk and one of them has some rust on the metal lid. I must have left it to soak in the sink or something. Is there anything I can do about this??
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Nope. Once the lid has started rusting, it will continue to do so. You can scrub the existing rust off with steel wool, but it will just regrow - the protective coating has been broken. You can get plastic storage lids for canning jars - great for fridge or freezer. Or just get a pack of new lids.

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well darn.

for the remaining lids that have NOT rusted: I have been putting them in the sink and then loading them into the dishwasher at the end of the day when I run a load. What SHOULD I be doing with them?? Is is the sitting in the sink part, or the dishwasher part that is causing the rust? I am not sure I just want to wash them as they are in contact with milk and will be used again for milk and I dont want them to smell....
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I wouldn't soak them - just put them right into the dishwasher.

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We hand-wash all of our canning jar lids because they were rusting in the dishwasher. Also, try to be very gentle and not scrub the lids too much because it will scratch the coating.

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I have found the plastic lids to be very useful. This is one of the very few things I will use plastic for in my kitchen. The plastic doesn't actually touch the contents of the jar so no contact w/food. They're great for freezer storage, too.


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