When I was a little girl I remember eating some of my grandma’s pickled peaches. They were so good when they were ice cold, straight out of the fridge. They were spiced with cloves and a cinnamon stick, juicy and sticky and delicious. I would plunge a fork into the jar and spear one of those whole pickled peaches, then I would eat it right off the fork – popsicle style!
Now I have some of those jars. I inherited them from my father years ago when I didn’t realize how precious they were. These aren’t the ones you can buy from Ball right now that are colored blue. No, these are blue because of the manufacturing process and the sand used back when these jars were made, the first two from 1910-1923 and the last one from 1923-1933. If you have any old canning jars and would like to know the approximate date of it’s manufacture, click HERE. A gentleman by the name of Bob Clay put together this chart below and a lot more information about the process and ingredients of Ball canning jars. You should check out his site – it is very interesting!
Of course, I won’t ever use them for canning! They are just too dear to me.
I also received this wonderful glass canning funnel that my grandmother on my mother’s side used. I was looking at it last week and was teasing my son that this was one of those “bottomless coffee cups” that some diners advertise. He laughed, but had a quizzical look on his face just the same. He must have thought it was some kind of souvenir cup or one that a prankster would use!
Last week I finally broke down and bought some canning jars. I had to because I had so many peaches and plums that needed to be made into jams and butters, but I had only a few jars to my name. I did some online shopping and found that Tractor Supply had the cheapest ones, so I planned to make a trip to my local store the next day. First I had to buy some groceries because, though I am not Mother Hubbard, my cupboards were bare! Lo and behold, there at my favorite grocery store was a large supply of canning jars – on sale! They were cheaper than even Tractor Supply! I bought a dozen each of the pint and half-pint sizes! I probably should have purchased more, but I’m stepping into canning one toe at a time!
Then, as if the heavens were pouring good tidings upon me, I found the deal of the century! My son, Michael, and I went to Chico Natural Foods (a wonderful store that has a bit of just about everything) and ran across some Tattler lids, on clearance, tucked away on a bottom shelf. I looked at the price and there it was, but I couldn’t believe my eyes! Of course, I didn’t have my glasses on, so I really couldn’t believe my eyes! 😉 My son, who’s eyes are much better than mine (thank goodness for that, I’m as blind as a bat) verified the price of $5.99!
Yes, $5.99 for a dozen Tattler lids and rubber rings! Heavens to Betsy! I have been investigating these and have seen prices ranging from $9.99 to $16.99. Have you found any Tattler lids for less? Please, if you have, show your love for humanity and share your source! But, since I have never canned with them before, I was afraid to get more than the one box because I didn’t know if I would like them. I tried them out last week when I made plum butter and all of the lids sealed. Then a few days ago I made some peach jam. Again, all of the lids sealed. I think I’m going to like these Tattler lids, especially since the box says they can be re-used indefinitely! So, I called my son and had him run down to Chico Natural Foods and buy me another set of lids. Luckily there were still some there! When I get more comfortable using them I may purchase some more. Right now I will stick to using them only for acid foods that go in the water bath canner – just in case. Unlike the metal lids where the center audibly pops and is concave when sealed, the only way you can tell a Tattler lid is sealed is by the inability to remove the cap and rubber ring with a reasonable amount of even pulling! But what if you think the lid is sealed but it’s only stuck because some stick food stuck it there!!?? Gaaakkk!!!
I want to can some green beans and salmon next week (wish me luck) and I will use the old tried and true metal lids – just to be safe.
If any of you have used Tattler lids before, let me know if you like (or don’t) them in a comment below. Are they really able to be used indefinitely? Do you have a problem telling if they are really sealed or not? Do you have any tips or tricks using the Tattler lids? I welcome all the help I can get, so thank you in advance!
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