If you do your own canning, you might think you're safe from Bisphenol A (BPA), the controversial chemical found in the linings of most commercially canned foods. Unfortunately, most standard home canning lids, such as those from Ball and Kerr, also contain BPA. Even though the chance of contamination is lower given the headspace between the jar's lid and its contents, many of us would still prefer zero BPA. Enter Tattler, a brand of reusable, BPA-free canning jar lids. According to Tattler's website, the company has been around since 1976, producing reusable lids to fit any standard Mason jar. The lids are made in the USA from FDA- and USDA-approved food-grade plastic and Tattler promises to replace them if they ever wear out. Paired with rubber gaskets and the standard metal bands, they can be used with pressure canning or water bath methods.
We aren't crazy about the fact that these lids are still made of plastic, but for home canners who want to avoid BPA and can't afford pricier all-glass jars (such as Weck), they might be a good option. The ability to reuse them and Tattler's lifetime guarantee are also attractive features. Tattler sells the lids in bulk (starting at 3 dozen for $20.95-23.95), and they may also be purchased from Lehman's and other retailers listed on Tattler's website.
Do any of you have experience using Tattler canning jar lids?
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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