Our First Experience With Tattler Lids


Tattler Lids from Black Fox HomesteadAs I mentioned previously in this post, one of the items on my Christmas list this year was a set of Tattler lids.  And sure enough, my husbie, thoughtful person that he is, rewarded me with not just one, but a few in both the wide mouth and standard size.

A few weeks ago, while canning up a bunch of chili we decided to take them for a spin.

In case you aren’t familiar with Tattlers, these are reusable canning lids ~ unlike the traditional Ball variety they can be used over and over again and are even considered to be dishwasher safe.  They consist of a hard, plastic, BPA free lid and a thin, red rubber seal.  The standard screw bands are still needed.

The canning process itself is the same, but using Tattlers adds a few additional steps which I personally did not find to be too terribly time consuming.

  1. The red rubber seal and the plastic lid are two separate components that need to be assembled  just before putting them on top of your filled jar.
  2. After processing, the screw bands are tightened immediately upon removal from the canner.  

Two things I found to be different:

  1. There is no musical “ping” of the jars sealing after processing.  The seal is simply determined by whether or not the lid can be lifted from the jar after the contents have been cooled completely.   I confess I felt uneasy about the whole thing and watched my jars for a few days afterward to see if that stuff inside really was going to hold.  It did.
  2. To open the sealed jar, one wedges a dull knife in between the lip of the jar and the red band.  In spite of my initial concern, I was pleased that it was very difficult to remove and made a beautiful suction~ey “ffffooop” when we finally managed to pry it loose.   The chili was wonderful and tasted almost as fresh as the day we made it.

What I like about Tattlers:

*They came with two sets of very explicit instructions: one set printed on a brochure, and one set printed on a smaller card for reference.

*I was personally more comfortable with the strength of the Tattler seal than I have been with my Ball lids.  Husbie and I (being the obsessive compulsive sort that we are) actually threw out what was probably a perfectly good jar of chili once simply because the lid came off a little too easily for my comfort.

*The plastic doesn’t stain.  Since we canned chili I was very concerned that the tomato base would permanently stain the lid.  It didn’t.  The lid washed up clean as new.

*Both the lid and the seal are reusable.   The seal can be used over and over as long as it isn’t torn or cracked.  Should they ever need to be replaced, replacement sets are offered separate from the lids.

*Both the lid and the seal are dishwasher safe.  In spite of this however, I preferred to wash mine by hand; but according to the instructions they can be tossed in the dishwasher.

*They are reasonably priced.  No, they aren’t as cheap initially as the traditional type but they are affordable and considering they can be used again and again…

Bottom line: We’re planning to purchase a few new sets every so often until (with the exception of the jars we give as gifts) we’re using Tattler’s exclusively.

Tattler Lids Black Fox Homestead

Have you ever given Tattler’s a try?


Here’s the regular size…

…and here’s the wide mouth size.


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Our First Experience With Tattler Lids — 24 Comments

  1. We have a different system in Australia although pressure canning isn’t nearly as popular here as in the States. We use the Fowlers Vacola water bath system which has been around since sometime around or even before the first world war. However, during research after buying a canner my friend and I discovered the BPA in Ball jars which immediately changed our plans to buy a load of ball jars and we discovered that the FV jars can be used in pressure canning. The system is similar to the Tattlers in a way with the rubber ring and the hand tested seal test but there the similarities stop. The FV’s are a tin or stainless steel lid (I use SS) with a rubber ring which requires replacing every time (although I do use them more than once sometimes) and a clip. Fill the jar, put the ring around the top of the bottle into the little groove on the jar lip, rest thee lip on top and clamp it in place with the clip. Process then once it’s cooled and sat there for 48 hours, remove the clips If you can hold the jar by the lid then it’s sealed. There is no ping or suction sound to confirm the seal either but I well know the SSSCCCHHHHLLLLLUUUUUUK of the seal being broken with the little FV lid lifting tool. And there is absolutely nothing like home preserved goodness. :)

    • I think I have seen what you are talking about. I don’t know if you all have William’s Sonoma over there, but they offer something very similar. They are really pretty to look at too. These, not so much; but they do the trick.

      • It’s funny that. I was looking forward to having a collection of Ball jars which are lovely rather than the FV jars and their clips and lids. lol I think Quattro Stagioni are a BPA-free (you’d have to check that though) system in the same model as Ball which I looked into but I just couldn’t justify the cost when I have probably 150 FV jars and they’re available cheaply and easily in my local area and second hand too (the older jars are thicker and heaps heaps better than the thin ones made now) and there are a couple of dozen different jar sizes that have been made over time yet only 3, maybe 4 made currently. It makes the fight for the different and rare sizes so much fun and I’m stoked to have been given a heap from my grandmothers stash. Of the super rare and pricey ones too! :D My retirement nest egg? ;) Currently full of cherries. :P
        I think your husbie sounds amazing, buying tattler lids might sound strange to non-homesteading/preserving people but to me (and probably all of your readers) it is a thoughtful and exciting gift. :) I got 4 large stainless steel scoops for my grains drawers from my husband and 3 kids for Christmas. Same thing – boring to the uninitiated. :)

        • I got an amazing set of grow lights for our anniversary one year. Best gift ever! My mother has all my grandma’s jars and is planning on getting them to me some day. I look forward to having them.

  2. I have have water bath canned for over 25 years now. I just started pressure canning within the past 3 years. I have read and studied a lot about the tattler lids but for some reason…I just canned seem to pull myself away from the old fashioned Ball and Kerr lids. Maybe, after reading your story here, I will be brave enough to try them out now!

    • I would say give them a try and see if you like them. But in my opinion pressure canning is so stressful as it is. So many steps, and everything has to be just so. I think everyone has to do with what they are comfortable with and if the old fashioned way is what works for you that is great!

  3. I really like our Tattler lids. here’s a tip for you: Every time you use one of the rubber rings, put a mark on it with permanent marker – just a line on each side. I have found that the rubber seals start to give out after about 6-7 times canning with them, so I have an idea when I will need to get more seals.

    • Oh! That is a great tip. Will do. Thanks for the head’s up. Nothing worse than getting ready to can and discovering you are out of the necessary supplies.

    • OMG! That is absolutely brilliant! I can do the same thing with my Fowlers rings, even though they advocate replacing them each time (pffft to waste). In fact that’s one of the best pieces of canning/preserving advice I have heard! And so simple and free too. :D

  4. I love my Tattlers. They get used for all canning I do that isn’t for gifts. I’ve only done water bath, when I get the time/money, I’ll be getting a pressure canner. Glad to know that they work in pressure canning as well.

    On the subject of discoloration – I’ve had a few Tattlers that turn color from turmeric in bread and butter pickles. I don’t mind the color, but it can be a strange sight when you’re trying to figure out why you have bright yellow-green splotches on a lid. :)

    • I can see how turmeric would be a problem. I’ve used that in other things and the color is potent. I’m a new canner so I’ve yet to do a batch of pickles. Good to know.

  5. I have wondered about the Tatler lids relative to using the regular metal-type canning lids. The thought about the lack of a snap ‘ping’ when the lid seals was helpful as if I decide to try the newer type lids I might have thought they didn’t seal and thought I had a ‘bad’ batch with not hearing that noise. Anyone else have any helpful hints about the new type lids? The marking the seals for each batch was a nice hint too.

  6. I don’t can, but I use a vacuum sealer to seal canning jars with home dehydrated foods and other dry foods I store in my pantry. I use a hand vacuum sealer made by FoodSaver and jar adapters. Does anyone have any idea whether this would work with Tattler lids???

  7. I just bought Tattler lids recently and haven’t used them yet. I love the fact that they’re reusable, something I try to adhere to as much as possible. It looks like I made a good purchase choice. Thanks for this article! ~TMR~

  8. I think that I am going to add this to my wish list :) Thanks for the advice. I hope to start canning soon and I have been stocking up on a bunch of different supplies over the holidays as gifts from my family. I think that it is wonderful to get something you will use and need :)

  9. I pressure canned green beans last summer with Tattler lids and they have held fine. I was also nervous about the lack of a “ping” but guess I’ll get used to it. It’s nice to be able to reuse.

  10. They are awesome (I went through at least 600 Tattler lids this summer/fall alone, yeesh).
    The lids *will* stain though, with some things. Especially mustard or relish – things with tumeric. Not like I have any bright yellow lids or anything, nope, not me. ;) They totally work the same, but look a bit interesting if you don’t reuse them for the same staining item (i.e. using them on green beans or chicken stock makes you do a double take).

    • Yes, someone else had mentioned the turmeric too. I will have to remember that if we do pickles this year.

  11. I started out with a few dozen Tattlers, upgraded to a couple hundred. thought I would never need more. Wrong. I have asked my kids for more for Mother`s Day,that happens to be my birthday this year. I keep some regular lids to use on things like jams and jellies, so I can gift without worrying about getting them back.

    I am especially in love with canned meats like chicken and hamburger. Makes a hurry-up meal so easy peasy.
    I also need to upgrade my pressure canner to an All American before fall gets here.

    • I keep regular lids too, as jelly makes such a great (and inexpensive) gift. I just canned up about eight pints of turkey this past week on our canner. We love our All American.

  12. Love my Tattle lids. I even was given ‘red’ Tattler lids for a Christmas present. I have used them for my water bath canning and also pressure canning. The only time the lids have not sealed was when I got careless with cleaning off the edges of the jar lids. They are a wonderful investment!!

  13. I have canned for a number of years now…both water bath and pressure canning…I consider the jar seal to be the most critical component…without it there is NO home canning…Alexander Kerr invented and patented the 2 piece lid almost 100 years ago…It has NEVER been surpassed in all those years…It’s cheap…reliable…self-sealing…and has audible and visual indication that the seal has done its job…Its the only sealing method recommended by the USDA and most canning authorities…Rubber rings simply aren’t in the same class…Why would you mess around with anything else?…If you can’t afford to use new lids…you can’t afford to home can…be safe and sure…use the proven technology that the 2 piece lids provide…