Last year was the third year in a row that I had a particular item on my holiday wishlist. I’d given the idea to a different person each year. I’d decided that if I didn’t get it this year, I was buying it for myself.
Look what I got from DH2U’s mom.
I normally don’t read the back story or how to sections in cookbooks in order to skip right to the recipes. For some reason I slowed myself down this time, and I’m so glad I did. There was a short three page chapter on using Tattler lids.
For those of you not familiar with the product (i.e. 99.9% of everyone, and that might be a low estimate), Tattlers are a reusable lid system with two parts: a hard plastic lid and a separate rubber ring.
Unlike normal canning lids, which cannot be reused, with the Tattler system, both the lid and rubber rings are reusable and can last up to 20 years.
There is some controversy about these reusable lids: the USDA has not approved them as safe. Canada and the EU have. I asked DH2U if he’d be comfortable eating foods sealed that way, and he was. He even gave me some of the lids a few years ago. I hadn’t tried them out, though, since I had heard they were persnickety.
And here is where the chapter in the Amish Canning Cookbook comes in. Not only does the author give three different ways of thinking of how tight the bands should be, she also gave the excellent idea of doing a test run with just water in the jars to learn how to seal them without risking the precious goodies inside. We decided it should be called a “wet run” (instead of dry run), and I loved the idea.
I did three sample jars, one for each of the different tightening descriptions. I processed the jars, let them cool, then I gingerly removed the bands. There is no pinging with this type of lid, so I cautiously picked each jar up by the plastic lid, and the seals all held.
I’ll do a few more trial runs before I use them for real, but then they will go into my for home consumption stash.
Would you feel comfortable using Tattler lids? or Have you ever done a trial run on a new-to-you skill?