Hi folks, I have been sealing my roasts daily in mason jars with my foodsaver. Getting the lids off is often quite a chore (without bending/damaging the lids) if they were vac sealed with the mason jar adapter. Does anyone know a trick for getting the lids off? Thx, Edward p.s. Has anyone used the Vacuvin coffee canisters? Does the Vacuvin pull enough of a vacuum to really work well to prolong coffee.
I just "gently" use a bottle opener, or sometimes fingernails prying up. Not pulling up abrubtly but slowly and gradually until I hear the hiss of vacuum breaking. Not talking slow as in minutes, maybe a second or two of pry pressure before the seal breaks. Too fast/too much force and yes the lip will bend. I've had no problem using the domes many many many times over and over. MM;-)
On Jul 22, 2004, at 9:27pm, Edward Spiegel wrote: <Snip> I found the best thing was a bottle opener -- the cheap flat metal kind with the bottle opener on one end and a can punch on the other. But, instead of using one of the business ends I use the side. If you wedge the side under the edge of the lid at the point were the bottle opener also makes contact with the glass threads that the top screws onto and then gently rotate the bottle opener, it will act as a lever to break the seal with little or no danger of bending the lid. Of course you could also use any metal object of similar shape and size -- a heavy butter knife, for example. John Blumel
Edward Spiegel wrote: Hi folks, I have been sealing my roasts daily in mason jars with my foodsaver. Getting the lids off is often quite a chore (without bending/damaging the lids) if they were vac sealed with the mason jar adapter. Does anyone know a trick for getting the lids off? Thx, Edward p.s. Has anyone used the Vacuvin coffee canisters? Does the Vacuvin pull enough of a vacuum to really work well to prolong coffee. ------------------------ Hi Edward.... I did try the vacuVin canisters, but I found that after a short while (exactly how long depended on how fresh the beans were) that the vacuum would be gone. I don't think the seal is strong enough and the beans outgassing as they rest is enough to cause the canister to lose vacuum. ...ron
Edward, * Edward Spiegel [2004-Jul-22 17:27 AKDT]: <Snip> Not to rain on the lid-reuse parade, but I think the lids are supposed to be used only once. I've always discarded them rather than risk some sort of contamination with the food I'm canning. That being said, for vacuum packing coffee, I think the only thing you're really risking is losing the vacuum because the lid no longer seals properly. And in this case, like others who have posted, I've had good luck with a bottle opener slowly applied until you hear air rushing in. Chris, Fairbanks, Alaska
At 7:19 PM -0800 7/22/04, Christopher Swingley wrote: <Snip> Re-using lids isn't dangerous as long as you wash them in a decent dishwasher. If you are using them for canning, the process of pressure cooking them would also sterilize them. When using them for coffee storage, there isn't a need to wash them since the coffee never comes into contact with the lids. (If it did, the problem wouldn't be contamination but getting oils that will go rancid eventually -- which can be washed off with dish soap and water). Just my .02 --Edward
I also vacuum seal my roasted beans. I use a bread knife to break the seal, this causes very little damage to the lid.
pump-n-seal ...Google it Quoting Edward Spiegel : <Snip>