Tattler Lids

If you’re a canner, you’ve probably heard of Tattler lids.  The lids that most of us have used forever for canning are one use type lids.  Use them and when you’re done . . they’re tossed.  Some have commented that they’ve re-used those lids.  It is not recommended.  I don’t do it and I definitely don’t recommend it.

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The white lids are the Tattler lids.  They can be used and re-used many times.  Some have reported using them dozens of times.  This is the first year I’ve used them and I’ve canned probably three dozen jars and haven’t had a single problem with them.  They’ve all sealed perfectly and have stayed sealed.  They do cost a good bit more than the throw away lids. 

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The least expensive place I’ve found to buy the Tattler lids is My Patriot Supply where a dozen wide mouth lids is $10.47.  The disposable lids are about $3/dozen so if the Tattler lids are re-used at least four times, they’ve paid for themselves.

Here’s how they work:  In the box are a dozen lids, either regular mouth or wide mouth, depending on what you’ve ordered.  The same size rubber rings are included.  They’re separate from the lids, but in the same box.

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The sterilized jars are filled exactly in the same manner as if using a regular lid.  The top of the jars are wiped and cleaned exactly the same as if regular lids are used.  The rubber ring is placed on to of the jar.  I’ve had no problems with this step.  It fits perfectly on top of the jar.  The rubber rings are meant to be re-used over and over also, though replacement rubber rings can be purchased.

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The lids are placed on top of the rubber ring.  At this step, the lid doesn’t always “seat” itself but I usually just mash it down to be sure it’s all the way down.  Regular rings are then placed on the jar and tightened.  When I first heard about Tattler lids, there were some complaints that involved the rings and it seems that some folks were tightening the jar rings with all their might and that was creating some issues.

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I tighten my rings “finger tight” . . not “Vince tight”.  That husband of mine can put the lid on the mayo that I can never get off!  I haven’t had a single issue with the Tattler lids and I feel so good having the lids that I can re-use.

Having said all that, Tattler is having a sale.  Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on June 8, they will have 25% off their 200 count mixed bulk package, which is 100 regular mouth and 100 wide mouth lids.  In order to get the discount, type in “special” in the coupon code area at checkout.  Even though I mostly only use wide mouth, I do use regular mouth for jams, jellies and most of my canned peppers so I’m going to order one of the mixed bulk packages.

Garden is Producing

The garden is beginning to produce wonderful veggies.  When planning, planting and tending a garden, I’m always hopeful for a good harvest but I never know what will happen – especially when gardening in a new spot.  Then there’s the drought or, not here for sure, but some have to factor in what happens if you get too much rain.  There are bugs and deer and hail and all kinds of potential problems that affect the harvest.

DSC01589Here, we were so lucky that the garden spot is so rich, with fantastic soil and hardly any rock at all.  We’ve had fresh picked green beans every day for long enough that this morning, it was time to start canning.  One problem with growing it all yourself in a fairly small garden, and unlike going to the Amish veggie stand and buying a bushel or two of beans is that I get a few quarts today and a few quarts in a couple of days.  On the other hand, it means that I get in the garden just after daylight, pick what needs picking, come in, wash the produce, shell it or snap it, can it and I’m done in a couple of hours instead of in a couple of days.

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This morning’s pick resulted in 3 quarts of green beans.  Ideally, by the end of the season, I’d like to have 60 quarts of green beans.  Realistically, I’ll be happy with 30 quarts of green beans.

My thinking is that we need about 125 quarts of beans/peas per year and we have green beans (which are my least favorite of everything I have planted), purple hull peas, cream peas and bolita beans planted.  I will also plant some fall/winter beans.  I base my 125 quart figure on:

  1. For 8 weeks out of the year, we eat fresh out of the garden.
  2. That leaves 44 weeks that we need to eat out of the freezer/pantry. 
  3. If we eat veggies 5 meals per week, that’s 220 packs of veggies (5 x 44) but one quart will be enough for us to have two meals so I can take half of that 220 and that’s 110 but I figure for about 15 times per year, we’ll have guests and I’ll need the whole quart of beans/peas.

Do you have any idea how many cans or bags of vegetables your family uses in one  year?  Do you care?

I do care because I want to put as much in my pantry or freezer that we can use but not so much that it will get old and not get used.  By the way, I’m perfectly happy keeping my home canned vegetables 2 years and quite possibly 3 years.

If, at the end of the growing season, I have 12 quarts of green beans, then as soon as canned beans are on sale, I’ll stock up and make sure I have exactly what I want to have in my pantry.  That’s just the way we do things around here . . not saying it’s how you should do it.

And for those thinking I’ll have excess vegetables to sell, I will not.  I probably will not get close to canning as much as I hope to can from our garden.

Feather Lesson – Video for Triangles

Here’s the video where I was quilting the shape in the triangles: