We received our first Youtube review of Harvest Guard Reusable Canning Lids, and it’s definitely worth watching. You will find the review at the link shown below. We wish to extend our sincere thanks to Krystal and Krystal’s Texas Garden for her thoughtful and insightful review of our product.
We are often asked how Harvest Guard Reusable Canning Lids differ from single use, metal lids. Since a picture is said to be worth a thousand words, we came up with this simple diagram which shows how our lids and rings are applied to a canning jar.
The key to success is ensuring the metal screw band is not applied too tightly prior to processing, so as not to trap pressure in the jar. It is also necessary to tighten the band, within just a few minutes of removing jars from the canner, while they are still hot, using caution due to the hot contents.
This process will ensure pressure is released properly during the canning process, and allow the vacuum created during cooling to properly seal the jars after removal from the canner.
As always, use extreme caution when handling hot jars of processed food, and if you find a lid that appears “domed up” in the center, allow at least 15 minutes before tightening the metal band as this is indicative of pressure trapped in the jar which can be violently released if handled improperly. If extreme doming of the lid occurs and it does not return to its original condition, consider the seal compromised and re-process.
Harvest Guard Reusable Plastic Canning Lids are manufactured using an FDA and USDA approved, food grade plastic generally referred to as Polyoxymethylene Copolymer (POM) or Acetal Copolymer. It is comprised of a BPA and Phthlate free plastic compound that is safe for direct contact with food products and has been used extensively in the food and medical industries since the 1940’s, provided users do not exceed the limitations listed below.
This product is formulated using polyacetal base resin and complies with applicable FDA regulations for food contact applications according to (CFR), Title 21, 177.2470. Any additives, that may be present, comply with appropriate, specific FDA Regulations.
- Types of food: Acetal Copolymer is safe with all types of food except those containing 15% or more alcohol.
- Not recommended for tinctures where alcohol content exceeds 15%.
- Conditions of Use: Use temperature not to exceed 250 deg F per 177.2470.
Additionally, Acetal Copolymer plastic is approved by the USDA for direct contact use with meat and poultry products, and meets the Sanitary Standards 3A Compliance for the Dairy and Food Industries Supply Association (DFISA).
Considering the temperature ranges found in the home food canning environment, and the acceptability of POM by the USDA and FDA for direct food contact, we believe this is the perfect product for home canners. An investment in Harvest Guard Reusable Canning Lids today, means a lifetime of safe, enjoyable canning, and a lifetime of savings.
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