Frequently asked questions about home canning. Question: can I reuse my lids and bands? Answer: lids are for one-time use only. Bands can be reused. Question: how tightly should the bands be applied? Answer: fingertip tight - using just your fingers, the band should be screwed down evenly and firmly. Question: what should I do if bands loosen during processing? Answer: do not retighten bands after processing as it may interfere with the vacuum seal that is forming. Question: where is the best place to store my home canned foods? Answer: in an area that is cool, dry and dark. A temperature range of 50 degrees F to 70 degrees F is ideal. Question: how long can my home-canned food be stored? Answer: for the highest quality, use within one year.
Always refer to the actual package for the most accurate information