We just about died when we read this headline over at Treehugger this morning: "Is There Bisphenol A In Your Home Canning?" We're impatiently waiting on a shipment of Mom's homemade organic strawberry jam right now, and there's very little we love more. That's the jam (she sent the picture last week) above. So back to the point: is there Bisephenol A in home canning? The answer is a little complicated...
Unfortunately, the short answer might be ... sort of. In their post, Treehugger looks at whether or not there is bisephenol-A in the white interior coating of canning lids. According to Jarden Home Brands (the people who make Ball, Kerr, Golden Harvest, and Bernardin home canning lids) there is a small amount of bisephenol-A in the white coating on the inside of the lids.
So, depending on how your home-canned goods are being stored, and how they're packed, there might be some contact with the questionable lid coating.
Has anyone found a good alternative to these types of lids? Treehugger is looking into all-glass Weck canning products.