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Old 02-17-2021, 08:23 AM
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I grabbed 3pks of 12 count Ball lids and bands from WM last week. Think they were 3.78 ea. pk.
The way things went last year figured I'd grab what I could when I could.
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Old 02-17-2021, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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https://www.lazybudgetchef.com/2020/...-jar-lids.html

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If I had, I would have found that all of the customer reviews said they in good faith ordered Ball brand canning jar lids from that Amazon listing and received counterfeit canning jar lids that won’t seal during water bath or pressure canning. Not sealing is the thing that concerns me the most because if someone tries to preserve food with the fake Ball canning jar lids, the jars won’t seal and could allow dangerously bacteria grow and containment the food in jar. Yikes!
That's exactly what happened when my wife ordered. We received the lids, shipped from China, the packaging was a complete rip-off of Ball brand. The boxes had photo images of Ball. They were obvious fakes. We tried to get a refund and report these counterfeiters, and Amazon said the merchant was willing to refund our money but we had to ship the lids back to China to get it (which cost more than the lids).

So just beware. Ball/Kerr lids are only available through normal distribution routes- WalMart, Farm and Fleet, local Ace hardware places, grocery stores etc.. You cannot buy them direct from Mason/Ball/Kerr (they are all the same company).
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Old 02-17-2021, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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So just beware. Ball/Kerr lids are only available through normal distribution routes- WalMart, Farm and Fleet, local Ace hardware places, grocery stores etc.. You cannot buy them direct from Mason/Ball/Kerr (they are all the same company).
Thank you for the warning. Well, I ordered the lids based on good reviews and will just have to wait and see whether they seal well.

Walmart (both local store and online) have not carried canning lids and rings for months. I also don't have any luck finding them at other local grocery stores.
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Old 02-17-2021, 01:35 PM
 
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I don't know if this of any interest, but, I went to the Wally World website and came up with----

https://www.walmart.com/search/?quer...peahead=cannin
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Old 02-17-2021, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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Looks like they carry some of the counterfeits on their web page- the lids with no official logo printed on the top are knock-offs.

Well we're pretty happy with the Tatlers so far. We had enough soup to can 12 quarts. 2 of the quarts did not seal, but I think we botched that. Your supposed to crank the rings tight within 5 minutes after you take it out of the canner/pressure cooker. So we did 5 last night but forgot that step. We're going to redo those two tonight.

Tatler is a brand that's been around since 1976 and American made (so they say).
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Old 03-07-2021, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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Cleaning out some of last years vegetation debris, turned our compost really well and looking for the right amendments to correct some deficiencies in the older garden plots.
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Old 03-07-2021, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Cleaning out some of last years vegetation debris, turned our compost really well and looking for the right amendments to correct some deficiencies in the older garden plots.
Got the itch huh. 30s here and everything is still frozen to the earth. 17° tonight.

Did you warm up enough to be able to clean?

Have you plotted everything out or gonna do similar to usual?
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Old 03-08-2021, 09:21 AM
 
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Unfortunately it's been in the upper 40's and low 50's during the day (I like to ice fish, so I'm not happy, lol).

Oh yeah- the missus has it all plotted out. We're limiting produce variety down a bit this year. We put up A LOT of potatoes, greens, tomatillos and some other things, so this year it's lots of corn, spinach, cabbage, tomatoes, and bush green beans. We may do a few potato plants, one or two squash, but corn and green beans are going to take a front seat this year.

My neighbor has a small chipper shredder that has a down chute- we're going to run last years 'compost' thru it and till it in this weekend.
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