Can You Reuse Canning Lids? YES!

by Texas Homesteader~ 

Did you know you can get canning lids that are reusable? Yep, that’s right – use them over & over again… for years!

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.

Tattler reusable canning jar lids for home canning. Did you know there are reusable canning lids? I bought my Tattler reusable lids almost 10 years ago and they're used over & over again. It's an eco-friendly choice. #TexasHomesteader

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Waste Of One-Time-Use Lids

You see, 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 regular canning jars and use standard screw bands too. And the processing time is the same as well.

Tattler reusable canning jar lids. Did you know there are reusable canning lids? I bought my Tattler reusable lids almost 10 years ago and they're used over & over again. It's an eco-friendly choice. #TexasHomesteader

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 go ahead & tighten them the rest of the way after processing.

A Higher Failure Rate? Nope.

I’ve read comments from others who have said they feel there’s a higher failure rate using Tattlers. 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.

In my experience it was for reasons such as a tiny flaw in the mouth of the jar. Or the metal band had been reused long enough that it had just enough ‘drag’ to keep it from tightening the way I’d intended.

Sometimes there may be just a tiny piece of food that I didn’t get off the mouth of the jar before canning. And of course not following the recipe & having the wrong amount of headspace can cause a canning seal failure too.

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:

Did you know there are reusable canning lids? I bought my Tattler reusable lids almost 10 years ago and they're used over & over again. #TexasHomesteader

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 eruption 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 press 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!

Did you know there are reusable canning lids? I bought my Tattler reusable lids almost 10 years ago and they're used over & over again. It's an eco-friendly choice. #TexasHomesteader

I’ve canned many things with them (and many of those links are below if you want to read up on it.) I’ve used my reusable lids when I Canned Corn in a pressure canner. And I’ve Canned Applesauce in a water-bath canner with them too. All manner of homemade jams, jellies & preserves have also been canned using my Tattlers.

I’ve used my reusable lids when I Canned Pears in a water-bath canner and when I Canned Homemade Broth in a pressure canner. 

Did you know there are reusable canning lids? I bought my Tattler reusable lids almost 10 years ago and they're used over & over again. It's an eco-friendly choice. #TexasHomesteader

I absolutely love the eco-friendly, low-wastiness of it. 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 8 years now and they’re still as reliable as ever.

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.

~TxH~

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2 thoughts on “Can You Reuse Canning Lids? YES!

  1. ColleenB.~Tx.

    I keep my old ; already used canning flats along with the rings that may be a bit rusty but I Do Not use them for canning.
    The flats i use for craft projects, making for plant labels, photo magnets, ornaments, along using the flats for storing dry pantry goods in. Each flat that has been used for canning I used a red marker and put a small red X on it or I store in an empty coffee container along with the rusty rings.
    The rings can be used by cutting a circles from a sheet of cork, placing inside the ring and using as coasters or playing tic-tack, toe game by making a board from scrap plywood.
    The old rusty canning rings; spray paint orange and make into a ring pumpkin decor.
    Using the rings; make into cute winter scene ornament to hang on a tree or put onto a gift package or make a few and put into a gift basket.
    Many uses for them old canning rings and flats.
    The flats I have used and put a picture of each one of our grandkids on and great grand kids; glue on a magnet and place on fridge.
    The rings along with the old flats make for a great wind chimes as well.

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