Just scored some jar seals on a Facebook for sale site. The seller happens to be someone I used to work with. 20 dozen. Some are Ball, some are from the Amish. All are less than 2 years old. She had 4 dozen jars, extra rings and all these seals listed for $50. I offered her $50 for just the seals. She said I could have them for $45. She was not aware of the severe shortage and had people offering her way more. I will have some to share if anyone is in dire need!
I hate Walmart, but their website says they have lids in stock nearby. Regular mouth, which fits both the pint and half pint jars I use.
Apparently lids are also available at a local hardware store, but I went there this morning before I started my lid/band search on Ye Olde Internete.
I didn't have to make jam this year, but I will next year, so I'll take bands with the lids if that's all I can find. And maybe next year I'll finally get enough tomatos or something so that I learn how to can sauce or something else. Between downsizing the garden and a couple of bad years, I barely had enough for normal consumption.
Same problem in central IL. Reused old lids & had a few failures but that's ok. Gave a couple jars of green tomato relish away & put a couple jars in the fridge & will use them quick. I'll have to keep a close eye on the ones that sealed in case it gives out. Should be ok unless I forget to watch them. Fair amount of vinegar in the recipe should keep it from going bad for a short time I hope.
Garden produce can be eaten fresh, or preserved by drying, freezing or canning. I have not had a problem here getting canning jar seals. I will suggest that when you get a chance, stock up pretty well. Keep some on hand. So you don't need to run to the store on canning day. Good Luck!
I will suggest that when you get a chance, stock up pretty well.
Agreed! That's my plan. I haven't gardened much for a few years so wasn't thinking ahead as I should have been. It's a weird year though. At least I didn't run out of toilet paper. Sadly I'm old enough to remember the "good old days" of using whatever was available for tp in the outhouse.. I had a plan to get some use out of all that junk mail..
Looks like another year of shortages. No regular canning lids to be found but did pick up some wide-mouth lids and rings. Our local IGA had a big display of quart and pint Ball jars last week for $25.99 a dozen. On my visit there the other day there was just a small stack of each so evidently someone is buying them.
Post by gardendmpls on Jun 4, 2021 12:20:16 GMT -5
Last June I bought 4 dozen regular Ball lids on Amazon for $21.10 ($.44 each). In March and bought 6 dozen on e-Bay for $56. ($.78 each). Don't like to pay so much, but better than not having any. The price of the wide mouth lids stayed pretty much the same).
Amazon has 6 dozen regular ball lids for $56. right now if you want to pay that much. I think I would prefer to freeze my produce until the price came down. There is a generic brand on Amazon 72 lids for $17.77. Most people reported they sealed well, but a few said they sealed, but had bubbles/warping in the metal. The ratings were high enough that I would presume that the few with problems may have been due to the buyer, rather than the lids.
Thanks gardendmpls . Thankfully mom recently found some in an out-of-town store and stocked up when she found them last year too. I also have a few dozen new jelly jars I bought a few years ago and can rob the lids off of them if needed. I too foresee freezing most everything but the green beans this year.