As 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.
- 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.
- After processing, the screw bands are tightened immediately upon removal from the canner.
Two things I found to be different:
- 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.
- 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.
Have you ever given Tattler’s a try?
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