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The 3 Most Common Types of Jar Lids

date 2018-09-07T19:37:00.000Z

The 3 Most Common Types of Jar Lids

One of the best things about jars is that there are so many varieties, shapes and sizes, you can surely find a jar to love! When beginning a jar collection, an important thing to consider is what type of lid will best suit your primary usage.

Some questions to consider are:

  • How often will the jars be washed?
  • How often will the contents in the jars be accessed?
  • How easy are the lids to operate?

After asking these questions, read below to learn about each of the three most common types of jar lids. Then, match your preferences with a style below.

Three Common Types of Jar Lids

Glass Lid

Glass lids were revolutionalized by Weck, which remains one of the only jar brands to be made entirely of glass. For those who want to avoid plastic and only use natural materials, this may be the best option. Weck jars are comprised of a glass base, a glass lid, a natural rubber ring and stainless steel clamps to compress the lid and ring, thereby sealing it during canning. The clamps are removed after canning is complete, and you can easily tell if a Weck jar is properly sealed.

The downside is that some people find the clamps difficult to use, and if used improperly (or if a clamp is manufactured askew), the top of the glass lid may chip. If you store things that are used frequently in Weck jars, you may consider an alternative silicone lid for ease of use.

In short, Weck jars are wonderful for people who prefer all natural materials, but may require a bit of a learning curve.

Bail/Wire Hinge Lid

Wire hinge lids are a bit more complicated mechanically, however, they are simple enough to use: you lift up on the hinge to open the jar and hook and press down to close it. The compression comes from the lever system, which presses down the gasket, creating an airtight seal.

This iconic hinge style has been used by many brands, including Le Parfait, Fido and Bormioli Rocco.

These jars are typically not dishwasher-safe, due to the bail wire, which is often may of galvanized steel. The lids can be removed from the base and from the wire, although it's not recommended. Gaskets and rings are usually made from a synthetic material.

In short, if you don't mind handwashing your jars, don't take any issue with a synthetic gasket and like the stylistic prestige, wire hinge jars may be right for you.

Mason Jar Metal Canning Lid

If you've seen a jar, you've probably seen the metal lids used for canning. Store-bought marinara sauce comes with a one-piece metal screw-on lid, whereas, home canning jars, such as Ball and Kerr, require a two-piece system: a lid for sealing and a screw-on ring. The metal ring is usually removed after canning is complete, making it easier to stack and store.

Metal lids and rings can rust easily (especially if put in the dishwasher) and often contain a coating to be used for canning. You can replace these with plastic screw-on lids, however, they won't be airtight or water-tight. There are also silicone and stainless steel options, but these may be pricey.

In short, mason jars are versatile and often inexpensive, however, the standard metal lids may present logistical issues, such as rusting and exposure to chemicals.

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