While canning chili beans this week I used some Tattler Lids for the first time. I read the directions several times to make sure I did everything correctly. Of the 12 one did not seal because of obvious user error and 2 others did not seal, reason unknown. I also used 9 standard lids and 1 did not seal so the sealing rate is about the same. The recipe used had tomatoes and tomato juice in it and the lids are stained now because of the tomatoes. You know how if you put tomato based items in a plastic bowl and it will stain the plastic. I use bleach in my water to wash my canning items and it did not remove the stains. I also tried using a scrubby with baking soda with no luck. The 9 jars that did seal are going to have the same problem. The lids like I said earlier were stained from the canning so I soaked the 3 that did not seal overnight in a little water, bleach and soap.
I reprocessed the
chili beans this morning and when they were cool I removed the rings and noticed that the lids are coming apart, pealing. They are now two colors of white and you can see where the rings were and it won't wash off. I contacted Tattler and they said "It
appears the lids have been damaged by the bleach in your attempt to
remove the stains. Bleach is a strong oxidizing agent which is
incompatible with the plastic used in Tattler lids. The same is true
for strong acids such as hydrochloric acid and both are not recommended
for use in conjunction with this type of plastic." I so
wanted this to turn out better so I could find an alternative to buying
the metal lids constantly but at this time I will not be purchasing this product.
Everyone's experience is different and this was mine. If you do purchase these or own them don't use bleach to wash them. If you put them in a dishwasher you should check to make sure there isn't bleach in it.