I’ve been hearing about these lids for over a year now, and I finally got a chance to try them out!
Tattler makes canning lids that can be reused, unlike the metal single-use lids that everyone is familiar with. These lids are made (in the USA!) of BPA-free plastic and come with a rubber ring that goes around the rim of the jar. You use a standard metal ring around the outside, just like you would with a traditional lid.
I made strawberry jam the other day and was so excited to test out two of their reusable lids. They definitely were a bit different to use than the metal version, but not difficult at all.
I made the jam as usual. Actually, I made a half-batch so I could use my smaller pot–I didn’t have my new waterbath canner yet! I still made a big mess. :)
I filled the jars, leaving 1 inch of headspace. That’s what my brochure said to do, but I just noticed on their website that the instructions have been updated to say, “Fill jars as indicated per canning instructions for that food type,” so next time I’d probably fill them up to 1/4 inch like the recipe called for. I plan to email the company and ask about that, too :)
I had scalded the lids and rubber rings in simmering water, just like usual for metal lids.
After wiping the rims of the jars, I put the lids on and screwed the rings down gently (to fingertip tight). This was the part that was different than metal lids–the rubber rings wanted to scoot around a little bit more, so I had to hold the lid in place while screwing on the ring. Not hard, just different.
I processed the jars in water as usual, removed them, and tightened down the rings firmly.
These lids don’t pop like the metal lids (boo hoo! I love that sound!), but they do suck down into the jar a little bit so you know that they’re sealed. You can also gently test the edge of the lid to see if it’s loose; if the jar hasn’t sealed, the lid will come right off.
I’m loving these lids so far! They are pricier to begin with ($28 for 3 dozen), but if you can a lot, you’ll recover your price in no time. The rubber rings may need to be replaced occasionally, but those are not expensive. And if you’re careful with them, you shouldn’t need new ones very often.
Thank you, Tattler, for letting me try some out! I’ll definitely be recommending this product to others :)
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