Lids not sealing
Just wondering if you, or anyone you know, has had any trouble with Ball lids this past canning season? We bought ours from our local Walmart like we normally do and almost all of our tomatoes went bad. The jars sealed (or seemed to). A friend of ours also bought his lids from the same Walmart and had the same results with his apples. Never had this much trouble before, not sure what to do so it doesn’t happen again!
No, I haven’t had any trouble with Ball lids. Did you totally leave the jars alone when they were cooling after processing? A friend of mine started having trouble like yours and I couldn’t figure out what was happening. So I went over to her house the next time she canned tomatoes. Everything was fine until she took them out of the canner and set them on a folded towel to cool. There were minerals in her water, leaving a white film on the jar lids. So she took a towel and wiped off the hot lids. She did two before I stopped her. When the jars cooled, the two that she’d wiped off had failed seals! Never touch the jars after you have taken them out of the canner until they are cool. (Unless you are using Tattler reusable lids and must quickly tighten down the rings as soon as they are taken out of the canner.) Also, did you keep your lids in hot, previously boiled water before filling your jars? Sometimes folks take shortcuts and only dip the lids in hot water and the compound doesn’t soften enough for the lids to completely seal — Jackie
I just subscribed to the Kindle version of the magazine. I’m excited to learn more and more! Right now my question is about water emergency supplies. I see online that it is possible to purchase canned water. I’m wondering if it is possible to can water in large mason jars at home. It would be a good way to have some small containers of clean water easily on hand.
North Bend, Oregon
Yes, you can can water if you wish, but it’s really not necessary to process it because clean, potable water, stored in clean glass jars will stay good for years. Most folks opt to change their stored water every year, however, for the best taste. If you wish to can water, just pour boiling water into clean jars, leaving ½ inch of headspace, place a new, previously simmered lid on the jar and tighten down the ring firmly tight. Process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes.
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