Trouble with Ball lids

Regarding ask Jackie letter, Trouble with Ball lids in Jan/Feb magazine. I had the same reliability problems with Ball lids. Ordered bulk lids from Lehman’s. These are made in USA, come in paper sleeves aprox. 288 per sleeve. Have used 600 plus in past three years. Have had less than a dozen failures to seal, most likely my fault. The rubber on the lids is thicker as is the coating. Have used regular and wide mouth with same results. Hope this helps.

John Hauk
Locust Grove, Georgia

Thanks for your input, John. Lehman’s does have many homesteader-friendly products! — Jackie

Purchasing #10 cans

I want to can some dry food in #10 cans. I cannot find a place to buy cans that do not require a purchase of thousands of cans. We need only a hundred or so to start with. We are buying a sealer with some friends to share.

Raleigh, North Carolina

Two sources of #10 cans are: House of Cans ( and Container Supply Company ( I hope one of these companies will work for you. Good luck with your project! — Jackie


  1. #10 cans. Check with your local congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Preparedness and food storage is part of our culture. They should know how to get a small supply of #10 cans as well as mylar bags and probably have the machine to seal the cans. And they should be more than willing to help.

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