Canning lid shortage and quality problems
I know we've talked about this recently on anther thread, but I don't remember where and it looks like this might be problem enough to have a dedicated thread.
My additions to the story of shortage / quality problems is second and third hand, but I'm sharing in hopes of alerting folks that alternatives need to be figured.
With the pandemic, more people in the US started gardens this year and more planned to can foods, so there has been high demand for canning supplies. I read last night of a long-time food preserver who had trouble with Ball brand lids buckling. Now we've observed here before that some less expensive brands have that problem, but I'd never heard of Ball problems. These problematic lids came on jars purchased at Walmart. That brings to mind that I have often heard that manufacturers sometime cut corners when producing to fill Walmart orders because they negotiate such poor payment from Walmart.
I told the above to my sister, and she told me that she has been hearing the same thing about lids on jars bought at Walmart this year. She said, too, that the jars themselves are thought to be less substantial and sometimes breaking. That is not normal.
My sister further told me that some Amish communities are hugely reliant on canning to preserve fruits, vegetables, meats, broths, and even fats, but that they have not been able to find nearly the amount of lids they need this year. She said (and sorry, I know this comes off as gossip; I hear it, too) that decision makers in Amish communities are advising everyone who knows any "English" people to ask if they can put meats in their freezers this year. I have never thought about how many jars you really might need to supply most all your family's food needs, but my sister spoke of thousands, I think she said 4,000 was typical for a certain family she heard about. I don't think my sister knows them personally.
Use what we have wisely. Think of other ways to preserve. Re-use if we are able. Can with one-piece or commercially pre-used if you know how. And be wary the quality of lids and jars you buy.