Sterilizing plastic squeeze jars.

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  1. w_baker76

    w_baker76 New Member

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    What is the best way to sterilize plastic squeeze jars? Just bought them from manlake. This is the first time using plastic.
     
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    Baby bottle sterilizer?
     

  3. Walt B

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    The jars don't need to be sterilized for honey, just clean. Rinse them in warm water and let them dry.

    Walt
     
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    New jars do not need to be sterilized as Walt said. They are actually cleaner before you do anything to them. It is as pure as it gets by the manufacturing process.
    They must be absolutely dry or your honey wil ferment. So if you touch them to dry physically or leave out to air dry they are exposed to more airborne yeasts and bacteria.
    Heat of any kind will deform the thermoplastic.
     
  6. riverrat

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    Be careful trying to sterilize plastic honey bottles. The clear ones have a very low melting point. I have had honey customers put them in hot water to reliquify honey and have the bottle distort. Honey is a natural anti-bacterial and was used medically widely before penicilin. With that said there is no need to sterilize a new bottle.
     
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    Does this go for Mason glass, too? I'm fearful of small shards of glass if I don't rinse them first. I don't know much about the manufacturing & inspection process.
     
  8. Iddee

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    With glass jars, I just run them through the dish washer. With plastic, I rinse them in clorox water and let air dry upside down.
     
  9. riverbee

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    as others said about new plastic jars, they don't need to be washed or sterilized. i don't re-use them either, if someone returns them to me. my mason jars, i hand wash, rinse in very hot water, and use a clean large t towel, to handle and dry the jar with. (large white kind, forget what these are, but they are lint free). (i don't like water spots on my jars from air drying.)