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Re-Usable Tattler canning lids. I had no idea re-usable canning lids even existed until about a year ago. I love being able to can food at home. Re-using Mason jars every year and growing our own food makes canning almost free. Except for the lids.
The lids aren't hugely expensive. If I can get them on sale, they usually equal out to about $.30 a lid. Pretty good for organic jars of food, but if I could re-use the lids, too… you know where this frugal Mamma's mind is going. Note: regular canning lids are not re-usable.
When I first started looking at the Tattler lids *affiliate link I was a bit hesitant. One, the reviews on Amazon are about thirty percent saying they aren't sealing. Two, the price is higher than the regular lids at $10.67 for 12 lids and rubber gaskets. But, if you reuse them three times, then they're the same price, and if you reuse them more than that, well, ya get the picture, they get to be quite cost efficient.
One of the big draws for me on Tattler lids is in a preparedness situation, or if the stores go down, I'll still be able to can my food at home. No worrying about getting new lids every season.
But I had to see how I liked them first. Last fall, Tattler had a really good sale and I purchased three boxes of lids to test them out. I decided to test them out on jam, because if they didn't seal, I could put the jars in the freezer for freezer jam with no problem. Can you tell I was expecting them to fail?
I used them on my Low Sugar No Pectin Blueberry Jam.
You use the same metal rings you use with regular canning lids. Screw the lids into place until they're just tight. Then, turn the rings back a 1/4 inch. This is the most important part. You don't tighten them like regular lids. I believe this is where most of the failed seals come from.
Place them in your canner and process like normal. Remove the jars from the canner and place on a folded up kitchen towel.
Now immediately tighten the rings down. I have to tell you, I didn't read this part until 3 hours after I'd removed my jars from the canner to the counter…. So immediately for me was 3 hours later. I was really nervous I'd ruined the seal on all the jars, but I waited until the jars were cooled to test the seal. Have I ever mentioned how horrible I am at waiting?
One of the disconcerting things for me was no ping of the lid. I used one regular lid in the run as a control.
My pulse jumped when I lifted the jar. After all, I'd kind of missed the last part of the instructions… But every jar sealed. Every one!
Do re-usable Tattler canning lids really work? Yes, they do. If you follow the instructions, or most of them, in my case.
Will I be replacing all of my lids? As money allows I'll slowly build up a larger inventory of Tattler lids. I want to see how long I can re-use each lid and jar before investing a lot of money and replacing my whole inventory with them. I do like that they are BPA free.
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Have you ever used Tattler canning lids? What's been your experience?
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Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.