Elva Alice Hunter wrote:Ball brand canning lids became pretty much unavailable as of late August, 2020. Friends across the country confirm that the shortage is real.
Mark Cunningham wrote:I remember back years ago when we started canning fish. Canning Police warned not to. Even though we were following instructions from an Edu in AK. We have eaten a lot of sardines since then.
OK, I don't think my friends live in terror, but I make it clear that if the jars don't come back, they don't get refilled, so they won't get more next year! And since I don't have a place to use my large pressure canner, I only use the wide-mouth 500ml jars at the moment because they're short enough for me to boiling water bath on my stove. I'd love to try canning meat so we'd need less freezer space (hmmm... canned corned venison would be awesome) but that's for the future.
My mother had everybody in town living in terror of forgetting to return her precious wide mouth quarts.
Local stores often have them on "sale" in May in my area, so I take stock and make sure I have over a year's supply of the lids - I never know when someone might gift me 40 lbs of plums and I suddenly need more lids! (*Really nice plums* that made terrific jam that we're still using over a year later.)
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
In my community, canning supplies are low every September. That's why I buy canning supplies during the winter.
Skandi Rogers wrote:I don't use American style canning jars but use ones with screw on lids. They manage 3-4 reuses before the seal goes. They don't get damaged on removal but the constant screwing and unscrewing as it's used for something like jam can rub off the paint and then they will rust. and the plasticy seal does lose it's sealing ability over time/use.
I have never had a sealed jar unseal no matter how old the lid is.