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I tend to remove mine. If you leave them on they can rust. I only put on a ring if I am giving something to someone else. I keep the plastic storage caps that Ball has for my own use- they have regular and wide mouth available.

And as a plus, if you remove the rings, you will not need as many.
 

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On canned (water bath an pressure) I take the rings off. If a lid pops (looses a seal) er really lets go, I'd rather know bout it an a ring can sometimes keep a lid from poppin off. Messy yes, (some a grandma's old canned stuff fer example) exploded. I have no idear why it was ever kept, stuff had ta be 40 plus years old.

On my vacuum sealed jars, I leave a ring on em. Don't know if be needed er not, just a strange old hillbilly way.

Always try ta keep yer stored goods in a cool, dark an dry place.
 

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When canning I leave the rings on for 24 hours ... then remove.
 

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before storing, the rings should be taken off and the jar washed in very warm soap and water for storage, being especially careful to wash the glass threads good so mold dosen't start.
 

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On canned (water bath an pressure) I take the rings off. If a lid pops (looses a seal) er really lets go, I'd rather know bout it an a ring can sometimes keep a lid from poppin off. On my vacuum sealed jars, I leave a ring on em. Don't know if be needed er not, just a strange old hillbilly way.

Like Old Coot, I take mine off except for the vacuum sealed jars. If anyone has the misfortune to be in the vicinity of a tornado, be sure to check your lids, the pressure can unseal them.
 
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