In the past two years, learning the art and craft of home canning has really gained interest across the globe. With this surge of new interest, many suppliers could not keep up with demand. Couple this with a downturn in the economy, logistical issues and the cost of raw materials skyrocketing causing an increase in the cost of goods and consumer products, and you have the perfect storm for supply shortages! And home canners have definitely felt this pain!
Our biggest issue continues to be finding Ball brand canning lids in stores. And when we can find this brand available online, the pricing was exorbitant, leaving the buyer to suffer severe price-gouging. We also started to see new canning lid manufacturers surface, many of whom were from China. Sadly, most of these unknowns created inferior non-sealing canning lids. This left canners with the task of making some very hard decisions.
Many canners were forced to save and reuse their one-time-use canning lids, thankfully, many did so with great success. Others, felt the pain of being bamboozled by unethical marketing schemes believing they were purchasing Ball brand canning lids, only to receive a cheap knock-off product. Others transitioned to Tattler Reusable Canning lids, but for some, the price was too high when they tallied up the amount of jars they process each year, so it was a short-term solution.
Thankfully, there were some wonderful canning lid manufacturers who emerged while Newell Rubbermaid Corp, owner of the Ball brand, worked to restock their lid supplies. Many of us know this is an ongoing effort to supply stores because you will see us celebrating when we actually find Ball lids on a store shelf! But what about the others?
While we have grown accustomed to using Ball products, this experience has shown us it is not smart for canners and food preservers to put all our eggs in one basket.