Back to the Basics

When life gets overwhelming, return to the basics.  Our basic needs are a Healthy Body, Healthy Home & Healthy Spirit.

To sustain a healthy body our basic needs are Water, Nutrition and Cleansing.

To sustain a healthy home we get to be stewards of the planet.

To sustain a healthy spirit we get to find ourselves in order to recognize others.

When we forget ourselves as individuals we are able to connect with others thru love and service.  When we understand the physical spiritual and emotional needs of those around us then ,  we are open to serving one another as a community.

As we focus on bringing the basics back into our lives one small step at a time at the end of our journey we will discover we have found our . . . . .

Sustainable Soul.

Reusable Canning Lids

I became obsessed with my food storage about 2 years ago.  I started with collecting the #10 cans then realized my family wouldn’t know how to eat if we depended on them for food storage.

Next, I began collecting extra canned goods from the grocery store buying extra of what we normally eat.  We learned to eat healthier, and my inner Hippy-Dippy, Earth-Mama got the best of me and I felt the need to walk a little lighter on the earth so, I decided to begin canning whatever I could.  The glass jars being either reusable or recyclable appealed to me.  I felt it was important to send less waste to the landfills.

I began collecting canning jars from Family, Friends and Freecycle and I learned how to can.  Whenever I found a great deal on whole foods, I bought extra and got my canning supplies out.  I was so excited!  I was doing my part.  Then, it was time to start eating from my homemade stash and some of my excitement fizzled.  Traditional lids are one time use only. They are not sustainable at all.   While taking up the cause of canning for the environment did make an impact of reducing waste, I know there had to be another option.  Then I found it . . . Reusable Canning Lids.  I loved them so much I now carry them at Sustainable Soul.

Manufacturer instructions:

FOR BEST RESULTS WITH YOUR REUSABLE LIDS FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS CLOSELY

1. Inspect top of jar for cracks and nicks.
2. Wash, rinse and sterilize jars.  Scald lids and rubber rings.  Leave in water until ready to use.
3. Fill jars as indicated per canning instructions for that food type.
4. Wipe top of jar after filling.  Place lid and rubber ring combination on jar.
5. Screw band on jar loosely.  Center lid on jar and hold in place with finger while you finish tightening the metal band, THEN TURN BACK ¼ INCH. Product must be allowed to vent during processing
6. Process as per instructions for various foods.
7. TIGHTEN METAL BAND FIRMLY IMMEDIATELY  UPON REMOVAL FROM CANNER.
8. When jars have cooled, remove metal band and determine by feel if lids are securely sealed.  Sealed jars may be stored without metal bands if desired.
9. When removing lid gently insert table knife between rubber and jar to release seal — DO NOT USE SHARP KNIFE.
10. Wash plastic lids and rubber rings, rinse, dry and store for future use.  Do not save any rubber ring which is cut or deformed.

More helpfil tips from the Manufacturer:

** JARS WITH NICKS OR CHIPS IN TOPS WILL NOT SEAL PROPERLY.
** APPROX. 1 INCH OF HEADSPACE SHOULD BE ALLOWED FOR SUFFICIENT VACUUM.
** USING A TOWEL OR SOMETHING SIMILAR WHILE TIGHTENING METAL BAND, AFTER PROCESSING, WILL HELP PREVENT ACCIDENTAL CONTACT WITH HOT CONTENTS SHOULD SOMETHING UNFORESEEN HAPPEN.
** LEAVE METAL BAND ON PROCESSED GOODS UNTIL CONTENTS COOL COMPLETELY.
** ALLOW PROCESSED GOODS TO COOL AT ROOM TEMPERATURE FOR 12-24 HOURS.
** IF YOU LEAVE METAL BANDS ON DURING STORAGE, STORE IN DRY AREA TO PREVENT RUST.
** “TATTLER” RUBBER RINGS CAN BE REUSED IF NO DAMAGE IS VISIBLE. WE SUGGEST THEY BE TURNED OVER EACH USE. PREVIOUS PLACEMENT WILL BE EVIDENT BY SEAL RING GROOVES LEFT BY LID.
** BE CAREFUL…  WHEN REMOVING PROCESSED GOODS FROM COOKER, CONTENTS ARE SCALDING HOT—HANDLE WITH CARE.
** TATTLER LIDS ARE ESPECIALLY SUITED FOR USE WITH ACID FOODS (TOMATOES, PICKLES ETC.}
** “TATTLER” LIDS USED AND STORED PROPERLY WILL OFFER YOU MANY REPEATED USES.

To place your order for Reusable canning lids please visit

www.MySustainable Soul.com

Have you used Reusable Canning Lids?  What do you think?