Aug 26, 2021
I was baffled by the list of 1 star and 5 star reviews below, but I was unable to find ANY regular canning lids this year so I thought I'd try them. My first attempt I followed the instructions to the letter, putting them in the canner loosened and tightening them once they came out. While each jar did seal, all but three of them had significant amounts of the liquid somehow boil out of the jar while in the canner. The competed jars have the liquid level lower to the point that there is about an inch of green bean above the liquid inside the jar. I'm unsure whether I'm going to take the time to try again and possibly waste more time and food.
I love them
May 21, 2021
I have only had one failure during my first run, when I was testing to see how tight to start these lids, and then how tight to finish them after processing. I've noticed a lot of negative reviews, and it seems to me they may not be the manufacturers fault- make sure to read the directions, give yourself a little wiggle room on your first try (these are very different than metal lids) and you should be fine. I experience less failures with these than I do with brand new metal lids.
Oct 12, 2020
About two years ago I invested in these (4 or 5 dozen packages) and was so happy to finally have a reusable lid. I am beyond disappointed. Of the 30 or so that I used I had to re-process 24. Many looked sealed when coming out of the pressure canner but when cooled they popped open. And what a horrible time to experiment since it was nearly impossible to find metal rings this year. Not a reflection on Lehmann's as I have always purchased lids from them.
Disappointed - High Failure Rate
Aug 22, 2020
This is not a reflection on Lehmans at all, only the product. I have noticed a high failure rate sealing out of the canner and during storage. I just pressure processed a batch using 12 new metal lids and 6 of the tattler lids. All metal lids sealed and 2 of the 6 tattlers did not. This rate of failure is consistent with previous attempts. I have gone to my stores and found several jars that were sealed at time of process and became unsealed over time. I have not had this issue with the metal lids. I don't know if it is the altitude we are at (8700ft) or what the problem is as I read rave reviews from other users. I will stick to the metal lids, however, in this time I guess take what you can get and just eat the contents of the jars right away that were not sealed.
not the greatest
Apr 22, 2020
I bought 2 dozen of these lids. The ones that work are great but unfortunately the first time I used 5 and one failed. The second time I used 12 and 5 failed. They are hard to screw down and and the pop up again. I thought I had them all down but I guess not. They are expensive and great because the are reusable but if the don't work whats the point.
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Just a reminder: Tighten the rings!
Jul 31, 2016
Just a reminder, these are not typical metal canning lids. When using these lids, you have to back off the ring tightness a tiny bit before putting the jars in the water bath. Even more important, you have to Tighten the ring when the jars come out of the water bath. It means handling the hot jars, but if you don't tighten the ring the moment they come out, you will get failure. A lot of it.
Aug 30, 2014
This is the 3rd year that I've used the lids and rubber rings. They've worked great on pickles and other hot water bath canning, and even my pressure canning. However, this is the first year that I'm having 50% failure on them sealing. I'm not done with my canning for the year so we'll see where things stand at the end of canning season.
May 6, 2014
I have been using these lids for several years now. I am on the 9th round of using the original set I had bought. Still seal perfectly. I started using them as I keep my canned goods in the basement due to limited space upstairs, and these lids will not rust from dampness. Now I use them because with every re-use of them, it saves me money!! VERY happy with this product.
Apr 20, 2014
Very disappointed that a number of jars lost their seal in storage. I was hoping they would work, but I am glad I only bought a few packs. Not worth the money, frustration and hassle.
Nov 9, 2013
I had initially given this product a poor rating, because I'm dumb. I've been canning for years using conventional disposable lids, with a 100% success rate. I saw the ads for these reusable lids, read the instructions, watched the videos. I THOUGHT I had done everything as precisely identical to the instructions as I could. Long story short; I got a 50% rate of failure to seal. But I'm an idiot and didn't read the bold caps on the box that say you should tighten the rings firmly as soon as the jars come out of the canner. After PROPERLY following the simple instructions I'm getting 100% success! I will be ordering more. Thanks for a great product, and sorry for being a dolt.
Aug 10, 2013
I'm a french customer of Quebec , Canada. Sorry if I make faults I do not master English. I used this lids and rubber for 21 canning jar of tomatoes ans tomato sauce for three attempts and just one jar canned perfectly . The worst product which I bought so far. I am not a beginner, it has been 30 years since I make my cans of food.A loss of money and of time and also of food, three jars let spread them produced in the autoclave. I do not recommend it at nobody. Non recommandable, n'achetez pas ce produit, une perte d'argent. Pierre Gravel St-Ganriel de Brandon Quebec, Canada
Jun 2, 2013
I've used these lids two years now, mostly on pickles. Great lids! You do have to back off the ring before processing as one commenter noted, but just as important, you need to tighten the ring when they come out of the water bath in order for them to seal properly. As for the plastic, it should not be heated above 460ﾰ per Tattler's website, far above home canning temperatures. Otherwise the plastic appears to be food safe. The rings are latex-free too. It's good to at least have an alternative to the BPA lids.
Oct 31, 2012
I wanted these lids to be wonderful. I really did! I pressure canned over 300 quarts of food with these, trying to get a success rate equal to traditional metal caps, to no avail. The directions that came with the product were different from those I got when I finally called the company. I tried hard to like them, but what's to like about jars not sealing, as well as jars on the shelf not being sealed weeks down the road?? I also was leary of the plastic... I do not recommend these lids to anyone!
Sep 28, 2012
I love these lids. We have used them to water bath, pressure can and for grape juice. They have worked great for us. I love what a great money saver they are. I was always running to the store for more canning lids, I stocked up on these and don't ever have to run to the store in the middle of a project (well at least for the lids)!
Aug 3, 2012
Wow, why are these lids still allowed to be used near food? Look at what they're made of. Copolymer plastic which is loaded with formaldehyde. The manufacturer of the plastic has warnings about not using them with heat, not using them with salt, not using them with acids. County extension agents have been warning people about the plastic in this lid for a couple decades. People need to research!
Jul 30, 2012
I absolutely LOVE these! They're a little more difficult to use than regular lids but they're much healthier so it's totally worth it. I've been canning with them for three seasons now and I have yet to have any problems. I always make sure to get the jar rim clean and ensure that when you're screwing the ring one, the lid and rubber don't slip. The biggest problem I have with these is that sometimes people just throw them away or keep them for themselves!
Jul 20, 2012
Love these lids. This is my first time using these and had 100 success. I got these because they are reuseable and best of all BPA free. I'm ordering more.
Jul 12, 2012
These lids are awesome. Heavy duty and reuseable. Also BPV free. I will now only use these lids.
Jul 10, 2012
I canned tomatoes last weekend and used the reusable lids and I absolutely love them. I had read many positive reviews and decided I needed to try them.....I will use nothing else!! Thank you providing such great customer service, I told my family members about you and I will definitely order from you again!!! Also it is almost impossible to find bands for canning jars and was so glad I could order them from you...thanks again!
Jul 7, 2012
I bought these last summer because I'd been having problems with lost seals on my tomato juice for the past couple of years. (I suspect the metal lid makers stopped using BPH to protect lids from acids.) Anyway, these have worked great! I didn't have a single lost seal. I am now on the website to buy some more for this year.
Apr 27, 2012
These bring back the old days when mom used to preserve food,vegatables, fruit.....Couldn't do with out these jars around.Economic times are hard but these jars help stretch the dollar.
Apr 23, 2012
This lids are great. I always thought it was so wasteful to keep throwing away the old metal lids. I have used this in both canning and in cold vacuum packing. It both instances it worked great. The lid and the washer are very sturdy. I would recommend this to a friend and will buy some more soon
Mar 22, 2012
I am very pleased with these reusable lids, and am planning on buying more. I found it very important not to tighten the lids too tight until AFTER they had processed in the pressure canner. The first batch were tightened down too tightly and the jars could not vent properly and bulged out a bit. They worked out fine anyway, as they vented when I went to tighten them. Everything sealed up perfectly.
Dec 19, 2011
I can't remember if I bought these from Lehman's or from Tattler directly--either way, these are quite possibly the greatest invention for home canning since the jar itself! I purchased and used my first batch two years ago with flying results to this day--tomatoes, pickles, meats, soup stock--all have remained sealed until use. Between these and the bulk metal lids Lehman's sells--you'll be set for whatever may come!
Aug 11, 2011
This is my first season using the Reusable Canning Jar Lids and so far, so good! I am very pleased with the way they work and plan to purchase more for next season.
Mar 5, 2011
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Dec 6, 2010
The lids work flawlessly! The plastic is BPA free - keeping you and your family healthy and chemical free. The method is almost exactly the same as metal lids, and the rubber rings only need to be turned (used side is identified by dents from the lids) between uses. I wanted to stop wasting metal and money, and I'm so glad I invested in these!
Jul 31, 2010
Lehman's Tester wrote: So far they are very very easy to use. prepare them exactly the same way that you would the regular lids. put the rubbers on the plastic lids and wipe the rim of the jar clean (as normal) put the lids on followed by the band. seat the lid with the band and back off a quarter of an inch. Backing off allows for the air to escape the lid during the canning process. Process as normal (I used the 930A pressure canner - love the capacity to process a mess of jars at a time) when done, remove the jars and allow to cool completely. I test the lids by lifting the jars via the lids if the jars come up the lids are sealed. As far as the longevity of the lids (supposed to last for 20 years) I cannot say for sure as this is my first go around. The same holds true about reusing them. I understand that your supposed to flip the rubber over every time you use them to ensure even wear of the rubber. However I am still a bit fuzzy about how to tell which side you used before.