I have really struggled with the idea of this post – it’s a small and simple tip – so simple that it is nothing more than common sense that can be easily figured out by yourself in about 30 seconds.
It took me 3 years to figure out.
So if this post teaches one person something new, then it’s worthwhile.
How do you put you jar lids in water for sterilization?
They are stored like the pile on the right when shipped from the manufacturer (it also takes less space). Many add their lids to hot/ boiling water in this manner or simply throw them in randomly.
It’s worth the time to stack them similar to the pile on the left – I can’t tell you how much frustration, time and pain this saves (for me at least).
When two lids facing in the same direction (like any of the two on the right), they can “cuddle” each other. When they line up with each other in this manner, a small layer of water comes between them and creates significant suction of very hot water. They become difficult to separate and this takes time when you don’t have a lot (hot jam cooling in an open jar is not desirable). Some become so close that you need to pry or pull them apart (a process that often ends up with drizzles of boiling water coating your fingers).
A rather fundamental practice – but I do wish I knew it long before I figured it out.