A neighbor sent out a Facebook message that his apple trees were ready for picking. This fellow does most of his business in Christmas trees, but he’s got a few dozen apple trees near the road and he let’s people pick them on the honor system. The aren’t sprayed so they aren’t the prettiest things in the world, but I don’t care. I got a bushel of practically organic Gala apples for $22.
Last year I did a little experiment when it came to canning applesauce. When I stopped to buy lids, I saw a box touting reusable plastic lids. I bought a set of 12 and tried them—and they worked! I got seals with all 10 jars I canned. I even managed a seal when I accidentally used two of the rubber rings on the same jar.
This year I invested in two more boxes of Tattler lids—one wide mouth and one standard. Last weekend I canned 23 jars of applesauce and all but one sealed on the first try. The one remaining, I stuck in with another batch and it sealed on the second go.
The Tattler seals are a little more expensive than metal—mine were $9.99 for a set of 12 lids and rubber rings. But by the third time I use them they will have paid for themselves.