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Mainstay canning flats
« on: August 04, 2016, 09:59:27 PM »
No more for me. Had some trouble with the first box we used. Notice the wrinkles on the sides.
While the jars were still ho hot, and had not popped, I pushed the wrinkled sections down (not popping them) and waited till they popped.
I had 5 quarts do this, but yet they all ended up sealing (so far).

I noticed some bad reviews of these lids last year while on the hunt for good lid prices, but had already purchased these. I have left, probably 3 dozen lids, and 5 dozen lids with rings.
I will not be using anymore of them.





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Re: Mainstay canning flats
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2016, 05:26:55 AM »
I use all ball flats for canning and save the mainstay ones for vacuum sealing-they seem to work fine for that with my food saver attachment. 
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Re: Mainstay canning flats
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2016, 07:51:24 AM »
Hey I hadn't thought of using them for the food saver. Great idea!!


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Re: Mainstay canning flats
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2016, 11:21:32 AM »
Never even heard of mainstay. Tattler, Ball and Kerr is the norm here

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Re: Mainstay canning flats
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2016, 01:39:54 PM »
I bought these from Azure Standard. https://www.azurestandard.com/shop/product/28076/ Orchard Road. Very good lids, thick metal, thick rubber stuff on edge. I have used for pressure canning and water bath, and the price is fantastic, 24 boxes of 12 lids for $36 comes out to .... lets see.....$1.50 per box of 12, which is a .12ish each. They sell other places and have good reviews

The packs of ball lids at the hardware store are more than double this
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Re: Mainstay canning flats
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2016, 01:47:17 PM »
you are not the only one who has had troubles with mainstay http://canning-granny.1078138.n5.nabble.com/Warning-about-canning-lids-td865.html
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Re: Mainstay canning flats
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2016, 03:22:17 PM »
Never even heard of mainstay. Tattler, Ball and Kerr is the norm here

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Usually Ball, Kerr, and Golden Harvest lids here. Bought the Mainstays at Walmart, their brand.
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Re: Mainstay canning flats
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2016, 03:25:08 PM »
I bought these from Azure Standard. https://www.azurestandard.com/shop/product/28076/ Orchard Road. Very good lids, thick metal, thick rubber stuff on edge. I have used for pressure canning and water bath, and the price is fantastic, 24 boxes of 12 lids for $36 comes out to .... lets see.....$1.50 per box of 12, which is a .12ish each. They sell other places and have good reviews

The packs of ball lids at the hardware store are more than double this

Good price. I bought a whole single, bulk pack from the Amish store about an hour away early this year.
$19. and change for (can't remember hafta look) xxx amount of lids. It figured about .16 each.
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Re: Mainstay canning flats
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2016, 03:29:10 PM »
you are not the only one who has had troubles with mainstay http://canning-granny.1078138.n5.nabble.com/Warning-about-canning-lids-td865.html

Good link.  ;) Yes lots of trouble there.
Hey another time sinkhole I will bookmark. Lol


Just finished 15 pints of salsa. Apparently I had a leftover stray Mainstay in the box of flats and rings. Wife just pulled the last jars out and said 1 was all wrinkled up.
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Re: Mainstay canning flats
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2016, 06:25:27 PM »
Good price. I bought a whole single, bulk pack from the Amish store about an hour away early this year.
$19. and change for (can't remember hafta look) xxx amount of lids. It figured about .16 each.

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Re: Mainstay canning flats
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2016, 09:16:17 AM »
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Re: Mainstay canning flats
« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2016, 05:53:27 AM »
Hey I hadn't thought of using them for the food saver. Great idea!!

You are welcome!  The mainstay jars are fine, and cheaper than ball (plus their jelly size ar super cute) but I always replace the flats they come with with Ball, that leaves me with flats I don't want to use for canning, which is how I figured out to use them for vacuum sealing--because I hate to waste things!  Also, pro tip-  I've done the free "pick up today"
Or "site to store" online ordering of the mainstay jars from my Walmart to get the jars I want if they don't seem to have enough on the shelf.
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Re: Mainstay canning flats
« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2016, 08:39:08 AM »
Sweet! Yes I use the over 50.00 free shipping quite a bit.
I haven't done the site to store yet.

Did more salsa and had another mainstay flat creep in. Lol. Musta of had an out of the box flat in the box we keep rings and flats in, a few at a time.
It wrinkled up like the others, but sealed.
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Re: Mainstay canning flats
« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2017, 04:45:30 AM »
Glad I ran across this as I almost bought some the other day. Got Kerr instead. I do use the Mainstay wide mouth plastic lids for stuff that isn't processed. I haven't seen those in regular mouth.
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Re: Mainstay canning flats
« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2017, 08:17:44 AM »
Yes. Those aren't much count Red
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