I messed up today. I was puraying some apercots and put the pulp in a bag to seal it up. well it spilled out during the sealing process. I turned off the machine but the pulp was everywhere. my question is (if anyone knows) can I take the lid off so I can wash the pulp out. there are 4 screws on each side on the hinges. I want to know if I can take the screws out without messing the ssystem up? ANY HELP WILL BE SO HELPFUL. I tried to call vacmasters but the tech support was closed for the night. I am worried all that pulp will dry on the machine and will need a good soaking. THANKS IN ADVANCE FROM THE CRAZY CANNING LADY IN CA.