A while back I ordered some Tattler re-useable lids and rings. They are made of plastic and have a replaceable gasket. I bought 3 dozen lids; they are a bit more expensive than conventional lids at $21.00 for 3 dozen. They can be used indefinitely. Eventually the gaskets wear out, replacements are available for $1.25 a dozen.
I used them for a batch of strawberry jam a couple of days ago. They are great. If you follow their directions they are easy to use. I loved them, I could hold the lids on the jars without burning my fingers and they sealed faster. The only problem I see is getting the lids back when you give someone some jam.
I am a real amateur when it comes to canning jams in the past I have made a lot of ice cream fruit syrup. I have tried canning jams many times but, it’s like my lemon pie. It goes together great, the pie crust and filling are fine and the meringue is beautiful. But after that, hand out the straws and have a slurp of pie.
So yesterday I made some Strawberry Jam. Using the recipe in the book called: “So Easy to Preserve” It was easy and painless. First time my jam has set-up and looks normal and tastes better. (Yes I had to try it.) So beware, fresh fruit I am on a mission.
Here is the recipe for Strawberry Jam:
2 quarts crushed strawberries
6 cups sugar
Sterilize canning jars. Combine berries and sugar; bring slowly to boiling; stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves. Cook rapidly until thick, about 40 minutes. As the mixture thickens, stir frequently to prevent sticking. Pour hot jam into hot jars, leaving ¼-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims and adjust lids. Process 5 minutes in a boiling water bath.
Tattler Lids can be purchased of their link located on the right side of this website.