Ready for Canning Season (in the Middle of Winter)


Life is pretty quiet right now, which is a good thing, but it makes it a bit hard to find something worthwhile to write about.

So today, this is as good as it gets.

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When I stopped to visit my folks on Sunday, Mom had a small bag on the table for me. Her cousin found some canning lids while cleaning and determined I was the most likely person to actually get some use out of them.

Mary certainly didn’t do much canning…when I opened the bag I saw these lovely boxes:

Where can I find this stuff for $.79?

Though I only learned to can seven or eight years ago (shortly after Farmer D and I began dating and he started bringing me laundry baskets full of hot peppers and tomatoes), I had never seen any of these boxes…and I have to admit, the Anchor Hocking Mason jar caps box fascinated me.

So, being a bona fide geek (and research junkie), I decided to see what I could find out about the lids in the lovely brown box.

(Hooray for the Internet!)

It turns out that these old-fashioned one-piece Anchor Hocking canning lids were new fashion in 1976.

Did you know there was a canning lid shortage in the late 70s? (Not me. I was more concerned with playing softball and going roller skating with my friends.)

I found an article in the July 28, 1976 edition of The Milwaukee Journal about Anchor Hocking’s new one-piece canning lids, created to meet consumer demand. Of course, the funny part is that the article goes on to talk about the so-so results of testing.

“In a Pennsylvania State University study of nine types of canning lids, Anchor Hocking one piece cap-lids did well. ‘Three lids buckled during heat processing, but formed seals during cooling; four lids were extremely difficult to remove.’”

Just what you want after all that hard work in the garden.

(That must be why there aren’t more one-piece canning lids around.)

However, if  you’re into vintage kitchenware and canning supplies, there are 2 boxes of these  Anchor Hocking one-piece lids listed on Etsy for $12.50. That’s a far cry from their original price of $.59, but they are kind of cool (and would be fine for canned foods that are refrigerated).

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Do you can, freeze, or preserve?

Would you like to learn?

The OSU Extension has all sorts of helpful info.

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02/09/12 ADDITIONAL NOTE:  Since I wrote this, I’ve contacted Canning Across America and questioned the safety of one-piece canning lids. Read what they have to say.

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