Been using Tattler for 3 years

The oldest thing I have canned up now would be sweet potatoes from 2010, the tattler is still holding strong, checked them today 9/18/12.

Once you get the hang of how to tighten the lids before processing, no problems.

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by Melody Bennett
(Tigard, Oregon)

I started using the Tattlers this year. I bought 2 dozen in June. I have used them all and some have been re used a couple times now. I've used them in the water bath and the pressure canner.

Absolutely no seal failures! I just ordered a bulk order of 100 this week. There is a new design being introduced on the Tattlers. They are supposed to be easier to use now and more like traditional lids.....I love them!

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You can write on your Tattler lids!

by Linda J
(Grove, OK)

Many times, I have seen complaints that you cannot write on the lids.

Well, you can! The secret is to use Sharpie pins. When you are ready to remove the print, moisten a cotton ball with nail polish remover. It comes right off!! Wash the lids and you are good to go for another round of canning!

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Oct 02, 2014
Write on the jars
by: Miriam

A sharpie permanent marker writes well on the jars themselves and can be removed with just a touch of nail polish remover (acetone). I use this method for all the jars in my pantry, not just my canning.

Dec 13, 2013
Writing on Tatter Lids
by: Anonymous

I write on mine with a Sharpie. When it comes time to get the marker off, use a Mr. Clean eraser (I use the generic ones from Dollar Tree). Works every time!!

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by Lynette

I started using them last year, at first, a few didn't seal, I don't know why, but last 3-4 times I've tried, they worked great. I've used them with sauerkraut, green beans and tomatoes. Today with green beans and all 7 qts quarts sealed perfectly.

These were ones I'd used previously. I will use them over metal from now on, of course, like you said, maybe a few metal, if I plan to share, don't want to give away my Tattlers!

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Never Again for Potatoes

Home Canned Potatoes with Tattler Lids

Home Canned Potatoes with Tattler Lids

I have been using Tattler lids for three years. I have had mixed results. They worked fine for nearly everything but potatoes.

I canned multiple loads, using different kinds of potatoes and nearly all of the Tattler lids became unsealed during the first year. The jar was sealed at first but became unsealed during storage. I had other jars of potatoes that were sealed with a metal lid and all are still sealed and doing fine.

I will NEVER use a Tattler lid again for potatoes. I also do not like that tomatoes stain the lid and I am hesitant to reuse the rubber seal especially after it has been pressure canned. The ring has marks in it from the lid and I don't trust it to seal. Maybe it will but canning is a lot of work and it is very aggravating to throw out all of my hard work.

Pitching thirty quarts of potatoes is way beyond my limit!!

Sharons reply,

Oh that must be frustrating. I wonder why it was only your potatoes that were unsealing. I canned some potatoes last fall. I just ran and checked them to see if there were any problems and I still have 5 pints left all still sealed with no problem. (I posted a picture above) It is possible that something went wrong with your processing method. If the jars were not processed long enough or at the correct pressure that would cause the potatoes to spoil. Spoiling would cause them to unseal.

Here are directions for how to can potatoes for any readers that are looking.

As far as the staining.... you are right. They do get stained. It is an unfortunate reality. Tattler does produce red lids so you could use those for items that might stain.

And don't be afraid to reuse those gaskets. I've used mine over after the pressure canner with no issues at all.

Thank you for sharing your experience.


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Sep 03, 2013
same here!
by: catherine

I love the lids, but had the same thing happen! All my potatoes sealed, then they started showing black in the potatoes, upon checking the lids were open, I will never use them for potatoes, or beans for that matter, I think it Must be the starch factor. Thanks for posting this, I thought I must have done something wrong.

Jul 21, 2013
Tattler rings
by: Michelle

Tattler directions tell you to turn the rings over for use the next time. I feel the ring and can usually feel a slight indentation on the side I used the last time canning. I turn it over so the indentation is AGAINST the lid. When the metal ring goes on it flattens the the rubber ring against the lid and the jar edge.

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too many fails

I was very excited to see this product and ordered 3 dozen of the wide mouth lids and extra rings. I have attempted to use them twice and ended up having to re-do my pickles and relish with the Snap lids. At this point I don't have much confidence in the product.

I started with brand new jars and used 9 Tattler lids and 3 Snap lids. The Snap lids worked the first time but only one of the Tattler lids held on this batch. I reprocessed the batch (after cleaning the rims, and washing and rewarming rings and lids in hot water). All eight lids failed to seal a second time.

The batch of relish turned out a bit better with only two of the five Tattler lids failing after the hot water processing. That is still way too high a failure when the same batch had four Snap lids that all worked the first time around.

I will try them one more time when making jam in a few weeks. However, I feel that the high failure rate I am experiencing makes this product questionable.

I am not new to canning and preserving and sure expected better performance. By the time you re-process pickles, etc. more than once, you are losing quality and a good chunk of your time.

Sharon's comments

Sorry you have been having such a hard time with the lids. I'm guessing that you may be tightening the lids too much. Tighten them just enough for the screw bands to hold the lid on... but don't crank down hard. They do need to be used slightly differently than the old metal lids.

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by Bob
(Quincy, Il)

I bought my first Tattler lids in 2007. Excellent product. I would like to issue one reality check. Treat your rubber rings with extreme care.

I didn't. I need new ones. They will not withstand being tossed on a kitchen shelf and banged around for several months. They will find a way to get stretched, nicked, embedded with grease and a variety of ways to be rendered useless.

That said, I would highly recommend getting them while the getting is good. The Ball/Kerr lids on the market in this area are experiencing problems.

I'm old enough to remember the bad Kerr lids of 20+ years ago. It was not a pretty sight.

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