Re-useable canning lids by Tattler – Part 1

Have you seen this product yet? The company that makes these re-useable canning lids was kind enough to send me a sample box.

They cost 3 or 4 times as much as the traditional throw-away canning lid flats, but the whole thing, including the rubber band, is indefinitely re-useable.  In fact, the owner of the company still has some of the original batch that was made in the mid 1970’s and is still re-using them (even the rubber rings!).

You use the same metal bands to close the lids when you are prepping the jars for the water bath or pressure cooker, but instead of a nice finger-tight seal you have to back them off a quarter-inch to allow them to vent when they are processing.

After the jars have been in the canner long enough, the lids are retightened when they are removed from the water.

As you can see, they form a very tight seal. Granted, I used half-pint jars for this Cinnamon Apple Cider jelly (they aren’t very heavy) for my first test, but I held this jar up by the edges of the white lid for about a minute while I fiddled with the camera settings with the other hand.  It’s a tight seal.

I just used a few of the Tattler lids on this batch because I want to try them with a variety of jar sizes and I also want to try them with pressure canning.  Hence the reason this post is titled “Part 1”.

The Tattler lids are BPA-free, which is not something you can say about all canning lids. Any of the metal canning lids with the white under-coating contain BPA. Yep. But not these.


8 responses to this post.

  1. We are going to purchase some of these this winter to use for next years canning adventures…wish we would have done so this year. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on them.

  2. Posted by Ozarkhomesteader on January 25, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Just saw this post, and all I can say is “wow.” I’ve got to try these. Are your seals still holding tight?

  3. Your jelly looks yummy! I’m in the process of switching from the metal lids to Tattlers. I only have 6 dozen total which given my level of canning is no where near enough but I am working on building my supply. I really like the Tattlers. So far I’ve had no problems and the more I use them the more I like them! The very fact that they are reusable makes a lot of sense to me.

    • The *ONLY* reason why I don’t already have more of these Tattler lids is because it’s so very easy to get the disposable kind from the shelf while I’m shopping for bread and milk. I hope Tattler has success getting their product distributed to local stores, but I’m guessing that is FAR easier said than done. Most likely their company will have to be bought by Jarden before we see that happen.

  4. Posted by Dwight on January 18, 2013 at 6:22 am

    I have 200 of the Tattler Lids. They are great. I got them for 1/2 price with a Internet coupon code last year. I was told by other gardeners that they go on sale for 1/2 price every year. But I don’t know for sure. But I really like them. My only problem is for years I have told my friends and family, I only need the jar back not the lid. Now I have to remind all of them I now need the lid. LOL I have lost 4 or 5 so far. 😦

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