Na Na pinches her pennies

Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.

Word of warning for canning newbies

And long time canning people too.  I knew there might be a shortage of canning supplies because of all the newbie gardeners but I never suspected the complete disappearance of everything.  So a word of warning for the newbie canners searching for items.   BEWARE of FAKE canning supply sites.  If you do a google search for canning supplies the first few listings that pop up are paid advertising.  EVERYONE OF THEM ARE FAKE!   I just did a search and I got 8 Ad sites claiming to be the “official” Ball-Kerr-Mason supply site.

#1 Sites claiming to be Ball company.  Ball stopped selling to the public way over a year or two ago.  So don’t fall for it.   The official Ball site is “freshpreserving.com”  This is the ONLY official website.

#2 Tattler reusable lids.  The correct site for Tattler is “reusablecanninglids.com  Tattler does have lids but there is a two week delay on shipping.  If you have never tried the reusable lids before they sell a sample pack for you to give them a try.

#3 Harvest Guard – their site is “canninglids.com”  Harvest Guard also sells a sample pack for those who wish to try them first.

Most of the sellers on Amazon selling canning jars and lids these days are scammers.  They claim to be in the USA but are in fact located in China.  If you buy from any of those you are most likely never gonna see your items or your money.  If you cannot find jars or lids at your local stores please consider buying the Tattler or Harvest Guard reusable lids.  There is a small learning curve but reusable will save money over the long term.

Well that’s my PSA for today.  Stay safe.

 

 

18 comments on “Word of warning for canning newbies

  1. P Elder
    September 4, 2020

    Hello. If the official Ball site is “freshpreserving.com” and this is the ONLY official website, and they don’t actually sell products, I’m not sure how the consumer can get the official safe canning products such as lids. Their website has a long list of links to stores, which includes Amazon, ACE, Fred Meyer/Kroger and more. No one has any lids yet the official website makes no mention of supply issues. I’m hearing the manufacturer is not making lids. I’m hoping to find an official statement from the manufacturer. I’m not sure of the date on your post. Thanks for posting this.

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    • Anita
      September 4, 2020

      I know this is not going to be very helpful but its the best answer I can give you. No one knows for sure and that’s why I posted the warning. I wrote it on August 25, 2020. A part of the problem is the lack of metals being imported because of the tariffs. Just like any other kind of purchasing its buyer beware. These days the scammers and tricksters are very prolific. No one is safe. The fake websites are more abundant than ever. I stopped buying anything online. Amazon does nothing at all to check their sellers. I prefer to make phone calls to phone numbers I had before the pandemic.

      If you are not familiar with the site or company don’t trust them. When a long established company such as Lehman’s Hardware says they are unable to get lids its a safe bet that none are available. I’ve talked to some of my online canning friends who tell me there are pockets of places with plenty of canning supplies. I can’t remember exactly who but one person living high in the mountains said their Walmart had hundreds of canning jars because no one there had gardens due to having frost all year and plant loving animals everywhere. So supplies are out there if you can find them. Visit stores near you that you know normally sell canning supplies. Ask them when more might be available. Check out of the way places like mom & pop hardware stores. Sorry I can’t be more helpful. I haven’t found any metal lids for myself either. I’m using my stash of reusable lids.

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  2. catherine young
    August 26, 2020

    I do not order things from Etsy, EBay, or anywhere else unless it’s shipped from US. I advise this to all. Unless you personally know a China or other country vendor is reliable in quality, safety, delivery, you are taking a risk way beyond US purchases.

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    • Anita
      August 26, 2020

      Thank you Catherine. I agree with you and I don’t either. These days its very difficult to know WHO is who and WHAT is what with all the fakes everywhere.

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  3. sarasinart
    August 26, 2020

    People find the most horrible ways to scam others out of money.

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    • Anita
      August 26, 2020

      I can only imagine how much better our world would be if the scammers and spammers put that energy into GOOD WORK instead.

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  4. SC New Quilter
    August 26, 2020

    Thank you for this very valuable information.

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    • Anita
      August 26, 2020

      Glad I could help.

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  5. Silver
    August 26, 2020

    Oh people are so unscrupulous aren’t they. Especially when they can pay to be placed first on Google searches etc. I’ve been buying some things on eBay, and always select to buy from an UK based seller as I don’t want to have to wait a long time for items to come. But in a surprising amount of times, when the item comes it’s been posted from China ><

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    • Anita
      August 26, 2020

      The horrible part is that Google does absolutely nothing to stop the criminal activities connected with the ads. And no way to complain to google either.

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  6. captnmike
    August 25, 2020

    Good on you for the update. Never home canned but my Grandmother on the farm did a lot, had a big room in the basement for storage. One of my Grandfathers did a bit of canning also.

    I spent a bit over 20 years working in commercial canneries, canned millions and millions of cans from vegies to fish. Many ways to make a mistake and kill someone if you got the process just a bit wrong.

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    • Anita
      August 26, 2020

      Yeah, that’s why I prefer to can my food myself. I know exactly what’s in it and how it was processed. None of those weird spelled words that defy pronunciation in my food.

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  7. Diane
    August 25, 2020

    I keep reading about shortages of canning supplies but my Walmart here literally Has 100’s of cases of jars, plus the replacement lids and rings. Ace and true value also have packed shelves. Gardening here is challenging so we probably don’t have as many people buying this stuff. I gave up canning years ago, but still have jars out in the garage. I store a few things in jars, so I just keep them.

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    • Anita
      August 26, 2020

      Oh Wow! Where would that be? Is it a rural area? Just curious why there would be an abundance in your area and not in others around the country. My guess is that there might be more newbie backyard gardeners in cities but in rural areas people have gardened for years.

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      • Diane
        August 26, 2020

        I am in Montana. I am in a high elevation “city” (by Montana standards) so frost happens off and on all summer. People living in Billings and Missoula have much better luck gardening than in my area. People here have gardens, but it’s very difficult to grow enough to worry about canning or freezing much. There are things I can grow here, but a couple years ago deer ate everything I had planted-everything. I threw in the towel and now plant a few things in the little greenhouse my husband built for me and gave up having a real garden. Before moving here we lived in Billings and we pretty much grew all the veggies Our family ate in a year. Then I canned and froze a lot. Every time I go to Walmart I am shocked to see the jars they have in stock. I wish they’d send them somewhere that needs them.

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        • Anita
          August 28, 2020

          Thank you Diane. Yes, it is a shame that some areas are in abundance while other areas are sold out. I did place an order with Lehman’s back in April but they were already putting orders on a back order wait list. My daughter tells me there is not a single box of lids to be found here. Even before the pandemic happened it was difficult to find canning supplies in my area. Most were relegated to a tiny section of store shelves. In a major city very few people garden and preserve the food. When I bought my pressure canner several years ago I had to order online because none could be found here in Louisville. This time last year the stores had maybe a couple dozen boxes of lids and maybe 4 or 5 boxes of jars. More sales of jars were for wedding receptions than for actual canning. A couple family owned restraunts used canning jars for drink glasses. People here don’t understand about keeping the jars and rings. And Tattler lids if used.

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  8. Helen
    August 25, 2020

    Thank you so much for the warning, tips, and good links to use! I consider you an expert in canning knowledge so this is invaluable information.

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    • Anita
      August 26, 2020

      Well I’m not an expert but I have been canning for a number of years. Plus, I keep in touch with other canning people.

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