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problemchild
11-11-2011, 2:57 PM
I just found out, after searching bulk canning lids (http://www.amazon.com/Ball-Regular-Canning-Lids-Dozen/dp/B0052UGBVA/ref=pd_sim_sbs_k_1), that the regular canning lids contain BPA. (http://www.growingagreenerworld.com/bpa-in-canning-lids-seriously/) BPA leaches out when heated so this is very bad news. BPA is nasty stuff and the more the lid is heated the more it leaches into your food.

Tattler makes a reusable lids with food grade flat orange O-rings BPA-Free.

http://youtu.be/R_Io-wxgiz0

http://shop.reusablecanninglids.com/

http://shop.reusablecanninglids.com/images/1275534976206-2028457803.jpeg

http://shop.reusablecanninglids.com/images/12850054987921126363297.jpeg

Im going to order some lids and review them after I get them.

ExAcHog
11-11-2011, 4:06 PM
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, let me know if you try them. We do a pretty good amount of canning, but have never tried them. The price always made me gun shy, but if they seem to hold up well, then we may add them to the supply.
Do you think it makes a difference weather you are doing water bath/pressure canning?
I never knew about the BPA in the lids. How much of a concern does it seem to be?

thenodnarb
11-11-2011, 4:32 PM
they don't seal as well as normal lids. you'll experience more spoilage sooner. The traditional reusable seal is canning wax. thats what my G-pa uses.

BuckleNose
11-12-2011, 8:43 AM
Isn't the BPA just a coating? Can't it be removed (boiled, buffed...something?). Would it have been applied as a protective coating to prevent corrosion?

Shellshocker66
11-12-2011, 9:20 AM
My mother being a long time canner, would never re-use the lids. Rings yes, lids no. We always had to go buy new ones each season. She just always wanted to be extra careful and make sure she didn't kill any of us.

thenodnarb
11-12-2011, 10:21 AM
My mother being a long time canner, would never re-use the lids. Rings yes, lids no. We always had to go buy new ones each season. She just always wanted to be extra careful and make sure she didn't kill any of us.

I imagine that would be due to the poor seal the second time around no? Spoilage is a serious problem, but we didn't know about BPA until relatively recently.

problemchild
11-12-2011, 1:39 PM
My mother being a long time canner, would never re-use the lids. Rings yes, lids no. We always had to go buy new ones each season. She just always wanted to be extra careful and make sure she didn't kill any of us.

There are 1 time lids and reusable lids.

JeffC
11-13-2011, 11:23 AM
about the BPA in the lids. How much of a concern does it seem to be?

BPA is not a concern at all. It is highly stable so it does not get into your food.

BPA is in just about everything plastic from straws to the seat you are sitting in and the PVC pipes that deliver you water, and the keys you are typing on. Even if it posed a significant the amount you get from a canning lid would be insignificant compared to what we are exposed to daily.

problemchild
11-13-2011, 1:48 PM
BPA is not a concern at all. It is highly stable so it does not get into your food.

BPA is in just about everything plastic from straws to the seat you are sitting in and the PVC pipes that deliver you water, and the keys you are typing on. Even if it posed a significant the amount you get from a canning lid would be insignificant compared to what we are exposed to daily.

No concern?

From what I read it leaches out when heated. I do not eat my seat or keyboard and I also do not heat them. I do heat my lids to 250f for 90 minutes and they are in contact with my food.

Its also not in all plastics as you say.

""In general, plastics that are marked with recycle codes 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 are very unlikely to contain BPA. Some, but not all, plastics that are marked with recycle codes 3 or 7 may be made with BPA."

It is toxic and has been banned from numerous countries.

"A 2010 report from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raised further concerns regarding exposure of fetuses, infants and young children.[1] In September 2010, Canada became the first country to declare BPA as a toxic substance.[2][3] In the European Union and Canada, BPA use is banned in baby bottles.[4]"

To just ignore it and say its safe is a form of denial.

BPA can bioaccumulate in some conditions such as pregnancy.

In 2007 it was reported that among government-funded BPA experiments on lab animals and tissues, 153 found adverse effects

A panel convened by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in 2007 determined that there was "some concern" about BPA's effects on fetal and infant brain development and behavior.[

Neurological issues

A panel convened by the U.S. National Institutes of Health determined that there was "some concern" about BPA's effects on fetal and infant brain development and behavior.[7] A 2008 report by the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) later agreed with the panel, expressing "some concern for effects on the brain".[41] In January 2010 the FDA expressed the same level of concern.

A 2008 review concluded that low-dose BPA maternal exposure causes long-term consequences at the level of neurobehavioral development in mice.

There is about 1,000 more lines of bad things but I wont flood this post.

HK4113
11-13-2011, 3:32 PM
BPA is a concern when consuming products from them that have been heated in them. Glass is king stay away from plastics.