Lately I have been experiencing lid failure in my canning - that is, jars that don't properly seal. I seem to have more failures with the meat I can than with fruit or vegetables. Some of this may be due to operator error. Maybe I didn't wipe down the rim of the jar well enough or maybe I should have simmered the metal lids in hot water, even though the directions now say not to do so. I don't know.
I'm not losing any product, for I just put the unsealed jars into the freezer and use them before using the ones on my shelves. But that's not the point. If I wanted frozen hamburger, I would have wrapped it and froze it to begin with. I want canned hamburger in jars on the shelf. And this last batch left me with five jars destined for the freezer, out of 13 jars, total. That's way too many failures.
A while back I bought three boxes of the wide mouth Tattler lids and three boxes of the regular size. Tattler lids are plastic with a rubber gasket that goes between the lid and the rim of the jar and forms the seal. I tested these lids with fruit, vegetables and meat, all with good results. They worked just fine.
There are two reasons I didn't buy any more Tattler brand lids. The first is the price is more than double that of the standard metal lids. But Tattler lids can be used again and again until the rubber gasket wears out and then new gaskets can be purchased, so the price is probably justified. The second is a perfectly silly reason. Tattler lids don't have that satisfying popping sound when they seal like metal lids do. You don't know if they have sealed until you test them the next day to see if the lids are firmly attached. I didn't like that. Silly me.
I'm seriously considering investing in a large number of the Tattler lids. I don't need to add shipping, for my local grocery store now carries them. So I'm wondering if anyone else who cans has had similar problems with metal lids recently (since Ball and Kerr have made changes to the sealing component on their lids) or have used the Tattler lids and if so, with what results.
Inquiring minds want to know. :)
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