|The choice berries we ate raw...|
|Cutting it close while cooking my jam!|
Today, however, I stumbled on some slightly disturbing information. I'm not sure why it didn't occur to me sooner, but I found out that Ball and Kerr canning lids contain BPA. Now, even though the canned food's contact with the lid should be minimal (given the proper headspace), and the fact that a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables flushes BPA from the system, I am still hesitant to put my organic produce in such close contact with BPA lined lids, especially at high temperatures. I went on a hunt and found a couple of alternatives.
Tattler's plastic canning lids are BPA free, reusable "indefinitely", and made in the USA. The price ($20.95/three dozen) is great considering that they are guaranteed for a lifetime and Tattler will replace any lid that wears out. Unfortunately, the gaskets are made from PVC and the lids are, well, plastic. If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time you know I'm not a big fan of plastic, even if it is reusable.
I am really excited about these glass canning jars made in Germany by Weck Jars. All that needs to be replaced are the rubber rings (and maybe the clamps, occasionally), and the jars are so gorgeous. They cost about twice as much as Ball jars ($13.55/6- 0.2L jelly jars), but I'm willing to give up the pinging lids and pay a little more to avoid BPA exposure.
And no, mom, I'm not throwing out the jam I made... :)
|Just a few of the finished jars...|
If you already can, what is your favorite food to preserve? If you don't, would you be interested in learning how to can?