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Hello Mrs. Grossman,
I just had what I would call a catastrophic failure.
I finally got the courage up to use the new tattler lids yesterday. I had 36 of them and 19 DID NOT seal. Now, I have been canning for approx. 23-24 years with a brief 6 year hiatus when I had 4 kids under the age of 6.
At one point during my marathon canning session (62 quarts of applesauce and apples) a certain person who shall remain nameless placed several loaves of frozen bread on top of several just processed jars.
I was not in the room at the time so several minutes passed with the frozen loaves atop the hot jars.
The majority of my failed lids were where the frozen loaves were placed, and then I had another 5 jars that did not seal.
Now, it is not unusual for me to have 2-4 jars not seal with regular metal lids during a marathon canning event.
So now I have doubt placed in my mind over the tattler lids being the all new ‘thing’.
It doesn’t help that I went to Amazon and started reading all the negative reviews of failures and people having the seals pop off within 2 weeks.
I want the Tattlers to succeed, I love the idea of the re-usability aspect (especially when I live in an area that takes forever to restock their empty store shelves during panic snow/derecho events), but I just can’t afford (time and food) the possibility of mega losses… Know what I mean?
PLEASE remind me about the success you have had with your tattler lids!!!… And tell me it was the frozen loaves and not me that caused the massive failures.
Do you really crank down on those lids when they come out of their bath?
I wonder if the other 5 jars didn’t seal because I didn’t crank down hard enough on the lids or maybe I cranked them too hard… *SIGH* …
Thanks for your time.
Oh dear! Sounds like a true canning trial and ordeal.
I can’t say for sure if it was the frozen food set on top of your jars that caused so many not to seal properly.
I have success with Tattler lids and do recommend them. I will say that Tattler lids can be a little more unforgiving than a one trip lid, and greater care and attention needs to be employed when using them.
Just remember that when you apply the lid, gasket and band – tighten the band firmly and evenly onto the jar, and then unscrew the band about ¼” or so. The food in the jar needs a little air to vent.
After processing, when you remove the jar from the canner, immediately tighten the band down and allow the jars to cool undisturbed for about 8 – 12 hours.
For those of you who may be unaware, Tattler lids are a modern and re-usable 2-piece lid system for home canning. Tattler lids consist of a white plastic lid and a red rubber ring or gasket.
The two-piece system uses a standard modern jar band to keep the lid and gasket securely on the jar while it is being processed in the canner.
Tattler lids work in principal a little like the old-time zinc lids or wire bail jars. Some of you may be too young to remember, but old-time canning jars used to use a rubber ring that was attached to the lip or shoulder of a jar, and a zinc lid or glass top was attached to the Mason jar with a bail wire assembly or screw threads.
In those days instead of tightening the bail wire or zinc lid firmly onto the jar before processing, the lid was left a little loose or the bail wire was left up, so that the food in the jar could vent.
After processing the jars in a canner, the lid or the wire bail was tighten or clamped down immediately so that a vacuum in the jar could be formed.
Reusable canning lids are the ultimate in sustainability and semi self-reliance. Tattler lids are much more expensive than regular one trip lids but will easily pay for themselves over time.
I don’t exclusively use Tattler lids for all my canning needs, but I do keep at least half of my canning jars mated with reusable canning lids.
That’s because I’m old enough to remember the canning lid shortage of 1976 and I don’t ever want to go through that again if I can help it.
Because the lids are reusable, I use a wax pencil or a small piece of freezer tape across the top of the lid to mark the date and contents instead of directly on the top of the lid.
Below is a short video that I made the other day demonstrating the use of Tattler lids. I hope it helps.