As the press on BPA keeps getting worse and worse, many of us are horrified to learn that regular Ball/Kerr canning jar lids have a coat of BPA-containing plastic on them. While still better than BPA-lined metal cans (because the food contacts a smaller area of plastic, and only when it’s actively boiling), I’d prefer an option with no BPA at all.
So far, I’ve found two potential options. I haven’t used them yet, though – has anyone out there tried these?
- Tattler reusable lids – solid plastic (non-BPA) lids and jar rubbers that you use with regular metal rings. They are plastic, but made in the USA and infinitely reusable, which is a bonus in my book. Mark Hodesh at Downtown Home and Garden has offered to stock these for this coming canning season, and I intend to buy a couple dozen to try out. [UPDATE 7-23-11: see my review here!]
- Bulk cannning lids from Lehman’s – these are pretty standard disposable lids sized for regular or wide-mouth jars, but looking at the picture, there doesn’t appear to be that layer of plastic on the inside of these. They are supposed to be way cheaper than buying lids by the box, too, but last year I think I paid $1.25 or so for a dozen – so they aren’t cheaper unless lid prices have gone way up this year. (Lehman’s is selling a dozen regular lids for $1.95, though, so maybe prices will be much higher this year.)
I know there are those beautiful Weck jars with glass lids, too, but they are so expensive, and
you can’t use them for pressure canning, either. Update 12/6/10: Apparently you CAN use Weck jars in a pressure canner (the Lehman’s catalog says it’s safe), though you might want to use extra clips to keep the rubber gasket from shooting out from under the lid.