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Tattler Reusable Canning Lids?

Melanie Wong Mar 16, 2010 10:43 AM

Does anyone have experience using Tattler reusable canning lids for water bath and/or pressure canning? These are promoted as Bisphenol A (BPA) free. I'd like an alternative to Jarden Home Brands manufacturer of home canning lids: Ball, Kerr, Golden Harvest, and Bernardin brands, which have BPA in the coating.

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    cakebaker RE: Melanie Wong Mar 21, 2010 05:17 PM

    thanks for the info...never used them but will this year when they start shipping in April and will report back. They look like a great alternative. I'm curious how they'd hold up to longer processing but we'll see.

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      barncrazygal RE: Melanie Wong Jun 20, 2010 08:20 AM

      Hi Melanie. I just bought the tattler lids this spring. I love them. I use a water bath when canning and they sealed perfectly. just make sure that you jar rims are clean. I always thought that the metal lids were such a waste of money. Good luck and happy canning!

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        eliz553 RE: barncrazygal Jun 20, 2010 09:08 AM

        Water bath canning is safe for "acid" foods, such as tomatoes. It is NOT safe for "low acid" foods, such as green beans. Low acid foods must be pressure-canned for safety.

      2. Melanie Wong RE: Melanie Wong Aug 19, 2010 10:58 AM

        Now that canning season is in full swing, do we have more reports on the Tattler reusable lids?

        1. meatn3 RE: Melanie Wong Apr 29, 2011 09:12 AM

          Does anyone have reports from your experiences last season?

          1. The Dairy Queen RE: Melanie Wong Jul 4, 2011 12:54 PM

            Great thread. I'm interested, too. Tattler also claims their lids are "infinitely reusable" which is almost too good to be true.

            I guess you could go with Weck, but that's a pricy way to go! https://secure.concentric.com/weckjar...


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              rainey RE: The Dairy Queen Jul 4, 2011 10:57 PM

              I love Weck jars and it was the first thing I thought of when I saw the tagline "reuseable" but Weck is soooo hard to find anymore. And the shipping on them (and all heavy things like glass jars and bottles) is hideous.

              I would be tempted to try these reusable lids but I give away half of what I make so that kinda renders things like jars and lids not-so-reuseable after all.

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                The Dairy Queen RE: rainey Jul 5, 2011 12:49 AM

                But the etiquette on the reusable jars is that they give the jar back to you, isn't it? Perhaps you can gently mention this wondrous new lid that is "infinitely reusable" and hope it returns to you with at least some of the jars?


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                  barncrazygal RE: The Dairy Queen Jul 5, 2011 07:07 AM

                  I would say yes to returning jars, or at least thats how it used to be. I make up labels with the name, ingredients and a lil' reminder to return the lids, ring ang jar. I print these up on my computer. If you google free canning labels there is a site that you can create your own. I think the site is "pick your own". Then you up date it every year with a new canning date. I also put a piece of packing tape over the label just to make it semi waterproof. The pick your own has pretty good recipes too. Good luck &happy canning!

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                    rainey RE: The Dairy Queen Jul 5, 2011 01:34 PM

                    One could wish but it doesn't happen so often in my experience.

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                      The Dairy Queen RE: rainey Jul 5, 2011 03:09 PM

                      We get almost all of ours back.


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                  tisty82 RE: The Dairy Queen Oct 21, 2012 01:54 PM

                  Weck's website says not to reuse the rings. I was going to get some until I read that. Not a good investment, especially since they are expensive.

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                    rasputina RE: tisty82 Oct 21, 2012 02:52 PM

                    oh forget it, I'm not getting into this one.

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                      tisty82 RE: rasputina Oct 21, 2012 03:22 PM


                      See rule number 3, last sentence.

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                        meatn3 RE: tisty82 Oct 21, 2012 05:19 PM

                        Just to clarify - you are referring to Weck not Tattler?

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                          tisty82 RE: meatn3 Oct 21, 2012 05:29 PM

                          Yes, Tattler`s are reusble for up to 20 years.

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                  kseiverd RE: Melanie Wong Oct 21, 2012 07:35 PM

                  I reuse regular old Ball jar lids... unless they have a seriious bend that prevents a seal. As for rings... as long as not rusty, not buying new ones. Don't do huge amount of canning, but haven't had any problems reusing yet.

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                    lcool RE: Melanie Wong Oct 24, 2012 02:00 PM

                    six of us have been using Tattler for six years now,we would never switch back

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                      Melanie Wong RE: lcool Oct 26, 2012 08:13 PM

                      Thanks, lcool, this is the kind of experience with Tattler I've been waiting to hear about.

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                        lcool RE: Melanie Wong Oct 27, 2012 07:10 AM

                        My SIL had been using them for 10 plus years and after about the third time she sold them to us it finally sank in.I guess because she cans as much as all of us together we had a hearing learning curve block.DUMB
                        They are great.

                    2. kaleokahu RE: Melanie Wong Oct 27, 2012 08:03 AM

                      Can these be used with existing Ball, etc., jars, or are Tattlers some proprietary size?

                      $28 for 36 sets of lid/ring isn't all that high, considering getting rid of BPA.


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                        meatn3 RE: kaleokahu Oct 27, 2012 10:05 AM

                        Yes, the lid and gasket are made to be used with standard canning jars such as Ball, Kerr. IIRC I found them in two sizes - regular and wide mouth.

                        I'll still use the metal lids too since much of my canning is for gifts. This style lid isn't well known so I doubt too many people would think to return them.

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                        goodeatsgal RE: Melanie Wong Jun 14, 2013 06:20 PM

                        News Flash! Ball is now making BPA-free lids.

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                          nofunlatte RE: goodeatsgal Jun 16, 2013 10:21 AM

                          Yay! Just checked and the box I have is the BPA-free variety.

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