by Texas Homesteader ~
Did you know there’s a way you can reuse canning flats over and over again? Yep, that’s right – I’ve been reusing mine… for years! But there’s a secret. Come see how.
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Hard-To-Find Canning Supplies
Right now it’s super hard for many to locate traditional canning supplies. It seems everyone has been bitten by the home-canning bug due to the pandemic.
And even if you do find canning lids – boy howdy have the sellers taken advantage of these hard times. WHEW! The price has spiked to a shocking amount. Price gouging, anyone??!!
But that just means I’m even more thankful that I’d purchased my reusable canning jar lids years ago.
Can You Reuse Metal One-Time-Use Canning Lids?
Several years ago I became aware of the canning waste. Oh sure the jars are reusable for years. (I’m still using my grandmother’s jars from the 1940’s in my canning).
And screw bands are being made more rust resistant than they used to be too. So you can reuse them for quite some time as well.
But it’s recommended only to use the flat part of the traditional canning lid once. Then it has to be thrown away.
Ugh. My crunchy-green self did not like that. Home canning, while still often a lower waste option than purchasing food from the store shelf, had that one-time use waste. And I hated that.
So I went looking for a better way and found reusable canning lids are actually a thing.
And the clouds open and choirs sing!
About Reusable Canning Lids
*Tattler Reusable Canning Lids fit canning jars and use standard screw bands too. And the processing time is the same as well.
As a matter of fact, the canning procedure is exactly the same as with traditional canning lids with the exception of how tight you put them on before processing, and the fact that you tighten them the rest of the way after processing.
Do Reusable Canning Lids Have A Higher Failure Rate?
I’ve read comments from others who have said they feel there’s a higher failure rate using reusable canning lids. But I haven’t found that to be the case at all.
I’ve used my reusable lids when canning all manner of foods, whether water-bath canning or pressure canning. My failure rate seems to always be as a result of my own error.
There are many ways canning failures can happen – whether using reusable or conventional lids.
Common Sealing Failure With Any Type Of Lid:
In the cases where there I did experience a sealing failure, it’s the same as with using conventional lids. Here are common reasons a canning seal might fail:
Any chips or flaws in the mouth of the jar.
The metal band being reused enough times that it had just enough ‘drag’ to keep it from tightening the way I’d intended.
Any small food particles not wiped off the mouth of the jar before canning.
Not following the recipe.
Having the wrong amount of headspace.
And remember, with a Tattler reusable lid – if you don’t adjust your tightening procedure before & after canning and instead try to tighten it the same as conventional canning lids before placing in the canner, that could be the most common cause for reusable canning lid seal failure.
Don’t forget Tattlers need the metal bands to be just a smidge loose when they go into the canner so that pressure can escape the jars. THEN you finish tightening it after canning is done.
According to the Tattler website:
TATTLER REUSABLE CANNING LID USAGE
Tattler Lids do require a bit of variation from conventional metal lids. Being a two piece combination with a rubber gasket ring, Tattler Lids must remain a bit loose during processing in order for the jar to vent the pressure that has built in the jar during processing. An online customer gave us a very good tip on how tight is ‘Just Right’. To get the feel for the correct tightness prior to processing, place the jar on a counter top or other smooth surface, then place your index finger on the lid (do not apply too much pressure while tightening the metal band). Screw the metal band on until the jar begins to spin on the counter top (or other smooth surface). This is the perfect tightness for processing!
THE FOLLOWING FINAL STEP IS CRUCIAL TO ENSURE A GOOD SEAL:
Once the process is completed and the jars are removed from your canner, Let the bubbling die down (approximately 4-5 minutes), as this is pressure still releasing from the jars. Place a towel over the still hot jars (for safety) and finish tightening the metal bands. Now, let your jars cool naturally and when cool to room temperature, remove the metal band and lift the jar slightly by the lid. It should be well sealed. Your food is ready for storing (it’s best to store without metal screw bands on the jars).
Canning With Tattler Reusable Vs. Conventional Lids:
Almost everything is the same using either kind of lid when canning – whether water-bath canning or pressure canning. Basically the steps are:
- Clean jars kept hot until canning.
- Canning lids placed in hot (not boiling) water to soften rubber seal. (with Tattlers, that’s just the rubber seal part, although you can keep the actual Tattler flat hot as well if you like)
- Hot food placed in clean, hot jars
- Wipe rim of canning jar with clean, wet, lint-free rag to assure no food particles are present
- (Tattler Step) Add softened rubber seal to bottom of Tattler flat canning lid
- Place flat lid atop hot jar filled with hot food.
- Add metal screw band and tighten ‘finger tight’.
- (Tattler Step) Only tighten metal band until canning jar begins to turn when finger is placed atop Tattler applying gentle pressure. Tattlers need their metal bands a little more loose than traditional lids so that pressure can escape the jar during canning. (See the statement above from Tattler’s website)
- When canning time is up, turn off heat & set timer 10 additional minutes and allow canned food to remain in the canner during that time. This helps equalize the pressure inside the jar so you don’t get a potential syphoning (food eruption from beneath the lid) when you remove the jars. Ask me how I know. Eh hemmmm…
- Then carefully remove lid of canner and using jar lifters, carefully remove canned food and place hot, canned jars on a towel in an out-of-the-way draft free location to leave undisturbed for 24 hours to cool.
- (Tattler Step) Now that you’re removing the canning jars from the canner is the time to finish tightening up your metal band for your tattler lids. Use a towel around the jar to keep from burning yourself on the hot jar.
- The next morning, remove the canning jar metal bands.
- Test the seal. You may have heard the ‘ping’ of the traditional lids as you removed them from the canner. But now that the jars have cooled 24 hours it’s time to test that seal. The traditional lids will have pressed onto the jars and no ‘plinky’ sound is heard when you press the center of the traditional canning jar lid.
- (Tattler Step) To test the seal for your reusable Tattler lids, gently pull up on the Tattler as if about to remove it. If it doesn’t move with gentle pressure and is firmly attached to the jar – you’re good!
- Wipe down jars, label contents and store in your pantry. Congrats!
- NOTE: I don’t want to write on my Tattler lids since they’re reusable. So I typically write on the glass itself with a sharpie marker instead. It cleans right off when the jar is empty.
I’ve Loved My Reusable Canning Lids For Years!
Really, that’s all there is to it. There is so little difference in the way a Tattler reusable lid is used vs the traditional one-&-done throwaway lids that really, there’s no reason not to have them!
I’ve canned many things with them, such as:
(A more complete list of things I’ve canned is at the bottom of this post.)
I absolutely love the eco-friendly, low-wastiness of reusable canning lids. I mean, think about it – how wonderful not to have to run out & buy canning lids year in & year out.
These Tattlers are reusable over & over. I’ve had mine for over 9 years now and they’re still as reliable as ever.
Where To Get Your Own Tattler Reusable Canning Lids
So if you’ve been frustrated in trying to find canning lids, or if you just hate the waste of single-use canning lids, now’s the time to get your own *Tattler Reusable Canning Lids HERE.
Heck, if you have Amazon Prime, you might even get them with free shipping or faster delivery. So you could get them both faster & cheaper!
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Links In This Post
- *Tattler Reusable Canning Lids
- Canned Corn In A Pressure Canner
- Hot Water Bath Canned Applesauce
- Water Bath Canned Pears In Vanilla Syrup
- Easy Pressure Canning For Homemade Broth
Other Canning Posts
- Crazy Canning Lady: Successes & Failures
- Pressure-Canning Asparagus
- Canning Pears In Light Syrup
- Pear Preserves In Water-Bath Canner
- Water-Bath Canning Pear Relish
- Honeysuckle Jelly – Water-Bath Canned
- Canning Clover Blossom Jelly
- Wild-Plum Jelly Recipe & Canning
- Canning Blueberry Jam
- Pressure-Canning Fresh Corn
- Water-Bath Canning Homemade Apple Pie Filling
- Canning Cinnamon/Vanilla Applesauce
- Homemade Apple Cider
- Canning Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce
- Pressure-Canning Homemade Broth
- Canning Jar Storage Solution
- Reusable Canning Lids An Eco-Friendly Option
…And Many More
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