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Canning A couple of quetsions for Summerthyme...
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    A couple of quetsions for Summerthyme...

    If you can answer these for me, I promise to write them down and so I never have to ask again!!!

    First, what is the best website for ordering the Tattler canning lids? The one that you have sometimes told us has sales.

    Second, I am worried about the new lids having that stupid "shelf life, and wonder if you might once again give us the recipe for "cooking" the older lids that I have stored away. I have a lot of them and would like to use them for some of the low acid things I'm canning. I think they'd be a lot safer than the new crappy lids.

    If you can do this, my sister and I both thank you so very much!

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    I'll have to dig up the Tattler website (if I can find it... it's been a few years since I've ordered any) when I'm on my desktop computer tomorrow.

    Second, are you asking about *reusing* older jar lids? My Amish neighbors all simmer them for 10 minutes or so in a solution of 1 tablespoon baking soda to 1 cup water. They say it softens and "freshens" the sealing compound.

    I'd think if you have older, but unused lids stashed away, it would work in them as well. But I have to admit to having just finally used up my stash of regular size canning jar lids from my Y2k stash a couple years ago, and they worked better and stated sealed much longer/more reliably than any newer lids. The newer ones are SO bad I'm going to go to using all Tattlers.

    I did simmer the older lids briefly, which was basically just following the directions on the box... newer ones claim it's unnecessary.


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    Summerthyme, thank you so much. I've written this down already.

    I have tons of Y2K era lids and I stored them in glass jars, which will maybe have helped. I also have lots of newer lids as I didn't know about this different type being made. Is there a "best by..." date I can go by to be sure I only use the new ones for things I know for sure I'll use with in a year or so?

    I will watch for whenever you find the website for the Tattler lids.

    What delicious irony it is that while I doubt many people have ever died from keeping canned food too many years, now a lot will be getting sick, if not dying, from food poisoning because of the new lids failing. I wonder what type of genius it takes to come up with these ideas? I hope the whole thing turns out like the New Coke did way back when, and then they had to bring back what they then called Classic Coke.


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