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canning drama-- did they seal? Are they safe? Lids are plaguing me!!

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canning drama-- did they seal? Are they safe? Lids are plaguing me!!

cpilgrim84 | Jun 30, 2010 12:37 PM

Ok, I'm an idiot.

I made six jars of jalapeno jelly today, and processed them in boiling water. I have canned twice in the past (peaches). The last times I canned I had no trouble and heard the "ping" only a few minutes after I took the jars out of the hot water.

This time, about 4 jars sealed right up within 2 or 3 minutes of being out of the water. I didn't know (because I am an idiot) that I shouldn't mess with the lids for an hour or more (some say up to 24 hours), so I pushed in the seemingly unsealed lids to see if they had sealed. Immediately, they both popped and didn't come back up, thus appearing sealed. So, sealed?

Ok, next idiot move. I was worried about the jelly and whether it had set up nicely and whether the jalapeno pieces were nice and distributed in the jars, so I picked up one of the ones that had popped after I pushed it in and shook it around (the recipe I had said to do this if it seemed like the jalapenos clumped). I turned it upside down and pop! The top came unsealed.

PANIC! I'm not sure if the jar is just perennially unsealed or if my messing with it made it unseal. So, I re-processed that jar and took it out of the water. It popped a few seconds later.

My questions:

1. The two jars that did not seal until after I messed with the lids-- safe?
2. The jar (one of the two) that I reprocessed and then it popped-- safe?
3. Now I'm afraid that if I turn over all my jars they will come unsealed. Is this a legitimate concern? I am crazy I know.

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