Woo Hoo! I discovered yesterday that my local Cub Foods grocery, the only grocery I can get to by bus other than WalMart, now carries Tattler canning lids. I bought one each of the large and small sizes. I have four pressure canner loads of meat to process today, so I am giving them a test run.
I have heard about these reusable canning lids for quite some time, and most reports have been good. The only place to buy them, at least in my area, was online. I don't do plastic - cash only, so ordering online was not an option for me. My daughter tells me that many Cub Foods stores will order case lots for a customer if it is requested. So that may be an option. If the experiment works.
Tattler lids are not cheap. But neither are the metal lids that I have used for years. I did the math, and found that just using the Tattler lids twice would pay for the metal lids to process the same number of jars. And the Tattler lids can be used many more times than that.
Does it say "pathetic life" when I get excited about canning lids? Probably!