Friday, April 1, 2011

Tattler Reusable Canning Lids: Review and Giveaway!



Reusable canning lids. Yes, they exist. Yes they have existed for quite some time (since 1976 as a matter of fact). And yes, they do indeed work and they kick some major canning keester!

First, the background on how I discovered Tattler Reusable Canning Lids. This is a product I actually stumbled across on another blog and I entered their giveaway for the product because I thought the idea behind it was so darn cool. Well, of course, I didn't win, but the product just kept nagging at the back of my mind and I kept wanting to try them out, really really bad.

And so, one fine day when talking to one of our blog members, Amanda, over e-mail, I decided to look up "reusable canning lids" (since I couldn't remember the name of the company to save my life) and quickly found them from various positive reviews from blogs, their own website (of course) and just general "Wow, these things are cool!" types of comments people had made. I went to the Tattler website and saw the contact information for them and I did something completely unlike me. I wrote them and A) Asked for a sample (shocking I know) and B) Asked if I could sponsor a giveaway on my blog for their product.

They not only sent me four canning lids to try out (2 wide mouthed and 2 regular mouthed), but they also said they'd sponsor a giveaway too! I was so happy. Yet, in the back of my mind was the "Do these things really work THAT well" types of thoughts. So, day before yesterday and yesterday I gave them a test drive.

First thing to note is that the lids are two pieces.  There is a plastic piece (the lid) that you seat a rubber gasket (the second piece) into and then you put that whole contraption onto your jar and tighten with your regular rings that come with your canning jars.  Best part?  Once you have this skill down you will be able to reuse these lids year after year, thus no throwing yet another object into a landfill and you'll save yourself money by not having to buy canning lids every year.


What did I can to try these suckers out? Black beans. I know, I know, boring right? Well, wrong in a sense. I wanted to can something that I needed, which I was running low on canned beans and didn't see the point in BUYING more canned ones since I have 25 lbs of dried ones around here to use up. I also wanted to can something with a relatively long processing time and something that wouldn't get hurt too much by reprocessing them (yes, I put 2 of the Tattler jars through the ringer twice). So, I settled on beans because worse comes to worse if you over process them you have refried beans (darn tasty on their own right?) and following the directions on my canner resulted in a whopping 75 minutes of processing time per batch of beans. So, I figured you couldn't get much longer than that for processing time (and trust me on the second day, reprocessing those jars and babysitting a canner for 75 minutes I was seriously wondering about my sanity *laugh*). I also wanted to can enough that I could put the Tattler lids through their paces while also using them alongside traditional lids to see how they did. The picture of the first batch of beans that came out of the canner is seen above (the tattler lids are the white ones...I know stater of the obvious :).

So, the breakdown of what I think of these things?

The pros:

  • They WORK!  2 times through the canner and I can't tell the lids that went through twice from the ones that went through once.  Both batches have perfect seals on them and are in my pantry as we speak.
  • They are BPA free (believe it or not most traditional canning lids contain BPA as do most of the canned goods we eat day to day because they coat the inside of the cans with it.  Who knew?) and you don't have to worry about acid from like tomatoes corroding the lid.
  • The gaskets have been known to hold up for 20 years before needing replacing
  • The lids themselves come with a lifetime guarantee when you follow proper USDA processing canning (not the gaskets, but the lids themselves are guaranteed) and they have NEVER had a lid returned to them. That's saying something right there huh?
The cons:

  • There are directions to follow.  You have to hold down the lid with one finger while tightening the metal band on the can to make sure you have a tight seal and THEN back off 1/4" to allow venting.  Don't follow those directions and I imagine you'd have either really loose lids that might fail on you or lids that blow off the top of the jar because they can't vent.  Then when the lids come out of the canner you have to tighten your bands to make sure the gasket is down tight to the jar to get your seal right (use a towel because it's the easiest way to do it without getting burned...trust me).  So follow those directions!
  • There is no reassuring "ping" as the vacuum seal sucks down like on traditional lids, so you have to wait until the jars are cooled, remove the ring and test the seal by pushing on the lid from the side to make sure you have a good seal.  Not a big deal, but I did miss the pop :).
  • When removing the lids you have to be CAREFUL, unlike the traditional "open it with whatever" throw away lids.  I took a butter knife and very carefully broke the seal so that the gasket didn't get damaged.  I would never take a traditional lid opener to one of these, let's put it that way...at least if you ever wanted to use your gasket again.
The pros definitely outweigh the cons on these lids!  Seriously, when I get up some money (hopefully before canning season this year *laugh*) I want to buy 3 dozen of each type of lid (3 dozen lids will cost you about 21.00 to 23.00 per box, plus shipping...spendy but worth it) so that I have plenty for my yearly canning needs (or at least a good portion of them).  I honestly think these suckers are worth the investment.

Tattler was nice enough to not only send me the small 4 lid sample of their product, but they are also kind enough to offer 2 dozen of  the regular mouthed lids and 2 dozen wide mouth lids to one lucky blog reader to try out for themselves.  I'm actually envious of whoever wins this *laugh*.

There are four different ways to enter this giveaway...

1)  Leave a comment after this post.  And please use the following format and leave your e-mail if you do not visit this blog regularly...

someone (at) somewhere (dot) com

So that I have a way to get in touch with you if you win.


2)  "Like" Alaskan Bargain Hunter on Facebook

3) "Like" Tattler Reusable Canning Lids on Facebook

4)  Subscribe in whatever format you choose to the Alaskan Bargain Hunter (Google friend connect, RSS feed, through word of mouth from your friend "Ed", etc.).

Leave a comment for each method of entry you do :).  This giveaway will go from today, April 1st, 2011 and go through April 8th, 2011.  On April 9th I'll pick a winner via random.org, post up said winner, and they will have four days to get back to me.  If by April 13th the winner has failed to "show" I will pick a new winner.

This giveaway is open to legal residents of the US, so go for it people!

32 comments:

meghanredmond said...

Enter me in your giveaway! Meghan Redmond

mredmond@swrsd.org

Delilah said...

My kids say they watch me just incase I can the cat. I just made the lime blueberry jam from the Ball Book and it was very good.

ldlark@acsalaska.net

Life in My Land said...

Very cool! I love the idea of canning black beans. I've got to try that.

Life in My Land said...

I like you on Facebook.

jr said...

i "like" you on facebook.

kiuga7@gmail.com

jr said...

I also subscribe to your blog through emails.

kiuga7@gmail.com

Sounds great, I'd like to give those a try.

jr said...

And I've just "liked" Tattler Reusable Canning Lids on facebook.

kiuga7@gmail.com

Thank you

BEFFY! said...

These are fun, and I so want to do more canning this year! If I can find the time! :)

BEFFY! said...

I subscribe via email to your blog, but usually read it everyday before I get that email!

BEFFY! said...

I like ABH on FB

BEFFY! said...

and I am the 475th liker of Tattler on FB!

Danielle said...

I would love to have these reusable lids...I am going to soon be canning black beans, actually, so these would be handy.

daliberti81@yahoo.com

Danielle said...

I've "liked" Tattler on FB.

Danielle said...

I already like ABH on FB.

Danielle said...

I've subscribed to your blog through my email.

Paula said...

I like you on FB

paula (at) ayojiak (dot) com

Paula said...

I would love to win!

paula (at) ayojiak (dot) com

Sarah said...

What a great giveaway you rounded up! I have been really wanting to start canning on my own ( just learned last summer ) so this prize would be awesome to win!

Sarah said...

I like you on Facebook!

Sarah said...

I am a subcriber to your blog via e-mail, but I also visit your blog daily! Keep up the awesome work ;)

Kristi said...

We love to can moose meat with vegetables!

kristidempsey1@gmail.com

cordovamel said...

I'd like to win these! I like to visit your blog - Thanks!

cordovamel said...

I just subscribed to Alaskan Bargain Hunter!

cordovamel said...

I like ABH on FB!

Amber said...

I like you on Facebook. of course. :-)

Amber said...

I would like to be in the giveaway. I think you have my email but just in case... here you go again:
akuttrich (at) yahoo (dot) com

Becca Moffat said...

I like you on FB! Beccanations@gmail.com

The Frozen Coupon said...

My friend and I were just talking about all the canning we need to do this summer. These would be perfect. Thefrozencoupon@hotmail.com

The Frozen Coupon said...

I'm your facebook friend.

The Frozen Coupon said...

I like Tattler on Facebook.

The Frozen Coupon said...

I get your email updates.

Faith said...

just got your info from Tattler home page...rec'd email from friend just before that about lids...soooo thought I would see if my lucky streak continues...LOL...after this will like both of you on facebook and get your newsletter...the canning dry beans got me! (have a few pounds to do!)...thanks for sharing to whomever wins...

kfjamou@yahoo.com