February 15, 2012 at 6:13 pm #256614
After googling around for some time I couldn’t find a satisfactory answer, but this forum seemed like the best place to ask:
I was hoping you kind folks could settle a dispute my mum and I are having. She’s always been a pretty keen bottler, and as a kid I happily consumed the contents of said bottles without a second thought to the process.
But now I’m older, wiser and more rational, and I was surprised to arrive at mum’s today to find her setting aside all the bottles with tiny chips out of the inside rims for disposal (recycling)… Right now she’s preparing for the bottling of tomatoes, figs, and kiwi fruit.
What it boils down to is this: She has decades worth of inherited wisdom that says these bottles are now unusable, and she wants to avoid further chipping leaving glass fragments in the contents (despite that never having happened before).
For my part I can’t see any reason why a small chip on the inside rim should be a concern, and think that she should only discard the bottles that are cracked or chipped on the outside rim, under the rubber band, in such a way that they could compromise the vacuum seal.
Thoughts?February 15, 2012 at 6:52 pm #520227Lady BeeKeymaster
I’ve actually been looking at some of my jars in the last few days, I’m of a similar opinion as you (whether right or wrong I don’t know). I have a few jars that have a tiny chip out of the inside of the rim and I will still use them. Chips outside are a no-no.
Maybe you should take the jars off your Mum’s hands….February 15, 2012 at 7:56 pm #520228
Lady B post=338365 wrote: Maybe you should take the jars off your Mum’s hands….
Why on earth would I do that, when I can let her do all the work and just stop in from time to time to collect some free food? 😀February 15, 2012 at 9:08 pm #520229keezawitchMember
lady after my own heart, if she wants to bottle why spoil her fun, i am sure she does it so you can eat it. Get her to donate them to a local charity most mad canners and preservers(is that a word) look for bottles there, I certianly doFebruary 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm #520230
I think you misunderstand; she’d no doubt -want- to use the bottles if I could convince her that they’re perfectly sound. As it stands, if she gets rid of them she’ll be scouring charity shops, junkyards and auction houses looking for replacements.
This is why I was so surprised today. She’s always complaining about never having enough bottles, and here I find her preparing to throw out a bunch that I think are entirely usable.February 17, 2012 at 7:20 pm #520231Rebecca80Member
I don’t use chipped/cracked jars for bottling. I have a bit of a fear (rational or not?) of a bottle cracking and spilling hot contents all over me ~ figure that any ‘compromised’ bottle is too risky.
Not sure if I’m being overly cautious – again a case of passed on wisdom. This is what I was taught to do. Personally I would let mum be on this.February 19, 2012 at 10:26 am #520232DaylaMember
The chips on the inside could be smoothed out with some glass sandpaper could they not?
DaylaFebruary 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm #520233NickyFMember
If the chips would interfere with making a good seal, ie along the edge where the ring goes then I’d be wary. Anywhere else is probably OK for a tiny chip but given the nature of shockproof glass, some care is needed. The simplest way is to use one of the jars and see whether the seal remains good after a few weeks.
For the person scared of the hot contents scalding the handler if the jar breaks – do you use jar tongs? They are a great and simple invention and as I preserve on the bench next to the sink, it’s a simple matter to lift the jars straight into the sink so the risk of injury is very small.
Cracked or badly chipped jars must not be used for hot preserving because they could break and you’d not only lose the jar contents, it would be a horrible job to clean out the preserver, especially if it’s the type with exposed heating element.
Instead I use them for stuff like pickles, storing seeds and covering seedlings as I hate throwing anything away that looks remotely useful.
Unfortunately like other heatproof glass you can’t put them into the glass recycling because it apparently stuffs up the product.February 23, 2012 at 1:39 pm #520234DaylaMember
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