When I started canning I used the metal one use lids. After I a couple of canning seasons I have gotten used to them. So I decided to change things up. We purchased Tattler Reusable Regular Mouth Lids as well as Tattler Reusable Wide Mouth Lids. I still use the metal lids as well, for easy of gifting the canned goods!
The first couple of times I used them I seemed to always have a jar or two that didn’t seal. so I did more research. The water I had the seals in was A.) not hot enough and B.) I didn’t leave enough head space (over filled jars). Ever since then I haven’t had a problem. To label my jars, I use a label maker.
After starting to check on my canning supplies, I had a thought. I use a label maker for to label my reusable canning lids. But that cost will add up, as it is not reusable. So I started some testing. I labeled 8, there are 4 permanent marker ones and 4 dry erase marker ones. 2 of each kind are currently sitting on my canning shelf for a period of time to test longer term.
Here are the lids with the permanent marker on them. The permanent marker has been on the lids for 2 hours now. I then washed one with hot soapy water.
Ok so it took some serious scrubbing but the permanent marker mostly came off the red lid.
Then I boiled the white lid with the permanent, for that instance where you label first because things look alike. I then scrubbed with hot soapy water. Not as good results. The remnants of the permanent marker wont come off.
The dry erase makers were also tested. I didn’t boil these. The majority of the lettering of course wiped off with my finger. Then the rest all came off with hot soapy water. I didn’t boil, them because the writing would have come off there.
Pros: Permanent marker wont rub off accidentally. Dry erase markers easily come off both white and red lids.
Cons: Permanent markers wont fully come off the white lids even after just two hours. Dry erase markers label could accidentally erase.