Re-Usable Canning Lids

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  1. 2ofus

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    Warning! Major gripe!
    Do to my habit of shoving an unused lid into a new box, about 7 or 8 years ago, I found a lid that felt different. When I compared it to the new lids I found that on the older lid the metal was stronger and the sealant was more than twice as thick. I was angry and wrote Kerr/Ball about it. Of course no answer back. It's all about money...theirs! I've also noticed that most of the jars you buy food in are now odd sizes so a canning lid won't fit it. I used to use any jar a lid would fit on for pickles, jam, etc. The main grip I have is the boxes of new lids say 'used with-in one year'. I can to last at least a year and sometimes 2, if I have a crop failure.
    Thanks for allowing me to vent.
     
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    I've heard this gripe from others too. The lids have changed, the seals have changed. This is another reason why I wanted to try the Tatler lids ... they are re-usable indefinitely and only need the rubber rings replaced.
    I don't use any old jar .. the glass on jars these days seems so much thinner than a canning jar and I don't think they would stand up to pressure canning.
     
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    2ofus, I think that the "use within one year" means to get it on a jar within one year so the seal doesn't deteriorate by being exposed to air, sunlight, heat/cold. Being sealed on a jar is different from laying about in a cardboard box. That said, I have lids from two years ago that are sealing fine (my husband went on a lid-buying binge when he found lids were scarce in our area. He'd come home with three dozen lids, and then next week the same--I'll have lids until 2020!).
    Netty, I agree about the glass jars, if you can find them. Mayo comes in plastic containers now, and I used mayo jars for cold-pack pickles for years. Today's glass jars definitely would not stand up to pressure canning, and probably not to hot water bath canning. Fortunately, due to friends down-sizing, I have an ample supply of lovely Kerr and Ball jars. I've even been able to share gift jars with a friend who also cans.
     
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    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    I have been stocking up on canning jars all year, from second hand stores and yard sales. My family thought I was crazy, but now that I am actually canning the garden produce the jars are filling up quick! I actually had to buy some pint jars!
     



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    Mike gets slightly irritated with me because I won't get rid of any jars. I used to can over 800 quarts a year and now, with just 2 of us, I probably only can 350 jars and most of them are pints. They aren't taking up usable space in the basement and you never know what will happen in this economy.
     
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    The economy ... that is exactly what has driven me to grow and can my own vegetables. Not to mention this who GMO controversy. I grow heirloom vegetables, organically, in my own yard and preserve for the cold winters when I have a limited income. I guess this is another post, sorry to have hijacked this one.
    Back to the re-usable lids ... went back to buy more and they were sold out. Not too many stores stock them here.
     
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    I am using the old time flats and rings and have had no trouble with them as long as I use good brands. I keep around 1500 jars in my pantry all the time. I know about reusable lids but I guess I like the old fashioned stuff.
     
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    Barb, what brands do you normally buy? I've bought tattler and am embarrassed to say I haven't used them yet. I did watch a video on them and I guess it is very important to tighten them and then back it off a quarter turn.
     
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    I use Ball brand canning lids. I buy 200 or 300 hundred at a time. I will never run out like I did a few years ago. NEVER. I have very few jars fail to seal and never have them release sitting on the shelf. I don't ever use them more than once.
     

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