You’ve heard that you have to use Such-and-Such canning lid because they are BPA free.
And you’ve seen the bright yellow ribbon across the cheery green boxes of Ball canning jars proudly proclaiming that they are: The brand you trust to be BPA free!
And what is all the fuss about BPA, anyway? BPA (bisphenol-a) is a hormone disruptor, specifically it mimics estrogen in the body and may cause reproductive issues in men and women, early puberty, obesity, and is linked to an increase cancer risk. It is used to make a clear, and nearly unbreakable, plastic which is commonly used in reusable plastic bottles and in the linings of most food cans.
So which is it? Do Ball canning lids have BPA in them, or not?
Well… the answer is yes. And the answer is no. AND, luckily, it is really easy to tell which lids are which.
BUT… before you start panicking about the safety of the food you spent all summer canning… Hang on a sec and think about this:
The JARS are made of glass… which do NOT contain BPA. So no matter what the lids are made of, you are already a huge, giant step above something that came out of a can.
Also, you grew or purchased high-quality fruit or vegetables and preserved them with love and patience. And that counts for a lot.
Or at least it started out with love and patience… but sometime around midnight, when your kitchen was approaching 90 degrees, it was more like, “Will this canner never boil?!!!!?” and “I would really LOVE to go to bed right now!!!”
Been there, done that, left the dishes in the sink for tomorrow.
SO. In my humble opinion, don’t even bother checking the stuff you’ve already canned. Just file this information away for next year… or for that last batch of jam you are going to make… even though you already have more than enough jam to last through the year, even if you eat toast three times a day. Oh, wait. That’s me. Maybe that isn’t you.
Still, I wanted to know for sure. So I called the number listed on Ball’s website, sat on hold for seven minutes listing to the most horrible “on hold” music, EVER (you’re welcome), and spoke with a lovely woman named Connie.
She told me that all the newer lids are BPA free.
How do you know if you’ve got a newer lid? Besides looking at the box?
The jelly jar lids that are BPA free have a little dot in the design; the older ones do not.
And, as for the regular lids, if they say “Made in USA” under “Crafted for Quality, Sealed for Freshness,” you can be sure they are BPA free.
So now you know.
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