OK I know this isn't a recipe but this is where canning experts hang out.
I can't open the lids with my hand (can anyone?) So I use the side of a can opener to pry the edge and break the seal on the lids. This usually leaves a crimp.
Also, I don't really want to just throw away the used lids but I won't re-use them either. I found that if I use a sticker label on the lid, it's easy to tell that it's been used. Any use for used lids?
Oh, one more thing -- home canned jars always evoke in my mind the pinked calico circles tied on with a kitchen twine. Does any one do that or is that only practical for gift giving?