The Sweet Sound of Lids A-Popping

| 9/6/2008 10:27:43 AM



After spending two hours on a canner load of cardamom-spiced pears, I have plenty of other things to do. But until the last lid sucks in its breath with a tenor pop, leaving the kitchen would be like exiting a concert just as you hear the first notes of your favorite song. Why be in a hurry to go?

On the other hand, it does seem that the same power that prevents watched pots from boiling causes lids to pop when you've almost given up. Then comes one, then another, each pop announcing that all is well.

It's the sound of accomplishment, with a strong undercurrent of relief. The food you've grown, harvested, washed, cut, cooked and canned is safe for a couple of years. So what if next season's crop comes up short? This year's bounty is in the can.

Some may argue that the bigger thrill comes when you open a jar of tomatoes or grape jelly or whatever in January and smell summer for one brief moment. I disagree. The gentle whoosh of a seal opening is nothing compared to the cracking pop of a lid closing itself to the outside world. What a wonder, to be able to cook now and eat a year later. Each pop says that it is done.  

9/19/2010 10:56:33 PM

I know this original post was two years ago, but I just canned my apple butter for the first time tonight and I have been freaking out because I was hearing popping so I googled what it meant! Thanks for your wonderful words that made me feel so excited to hear another one, I only wish I had been counting them!!

9/24/2008 10:45:06 AM

Two great sources for all kinds of jar sizes are Zabar's ( and Lehman's ( Good luck! -Tabitha Alterman, Mother Earth News

9/24/2008 9:52:38 AM

Years ago I used some wide mouthed pint and a half jars. I wanted to begin canning again this year, and found out this size is no longer made. Does anyone know where I might find some of these jars? They're the right size for me, and with smaller families and singles, I'm surprised they were discontinued. I've checked out e-bay, but was not successful. Perhaps I didn't search correctly? Any info would help. Thanks!

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