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October 3, 2010
OK – I even posted about this last year during canning season, but I wanted to see if anyone else is experiencing the same. I've had, on average, 1 – 2 jars per canning not seal over the past year or so. Now, I have been canning or helping my mother can for the better part of 40 years, so it's not like I am a novice. I had never had any trouble getting jars to seal until this past year.
I decided it was the Ball lids – which is the only thing I can get in this area. I called and e-mailed them, and their response was a nicely-stated, "You are doing something wrong." Not happy with that answer, I decided to go online and try to find another source for lids.
I ordered bulk lids from Lehman's. (The unfortunate thing is that I don't think they are made in America. I hate that.) BUT! I have done two loads of black beans, and what do you know…all the jars sealed!
I hope to get some Tattlers soon…I just have to win the lottery first. :-)
Any others experiencing the same?
July 24, 2010
Several (15??) years ago, I had a lot of trouble with the Golden Harvest lids that came with the boxes of jars I bought at Big Lots. I too had been helping with canning for years, and couldn't figure out why there would be as many as half of the jars not sealing. I set the lids aside and used the Ball lids exclusively for several months. Then, I was out of Ball lids, had some canning started and couldn't leave to get more lids. I put the saved Golden Harvest lids on in the simmering water, and then just boiled them until I was ready to use them. Don't know if the lengthened time in the water softened the seals (maybe they were old?), or what, but all them sealed. Maybe I just got lucky. Unsealed jars are a true frustration--
February 10, 2009
One of the problems that have been reported about the NEW ball lids is that they shouldn't be actually boiled, just close to it. I too used to boil them hard too, and now use the kinder gentler "just get them good and hot" which seems to work better for me. I don't like the new lids at all either, just for the record, but that's what is easiest to get so I deal with it.
December 14, 2010
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