One of the ways of identifying Ball’s BPA-free lids from older versions is by the “Made in USA” printed on the lid. As a reader recently asked, what about their more decorative lids? Ball’s Elite and quilted jelly jars come with lids printed with a design, and Jarden Home Brands, the parent company, suggests looking for the “dot pattern interspersed between the decorative scrollwork atop the lids” to identify them as BPA-free.
In a comparison between the BPA-free lids and an older one (above), there’s also a distinct difference in the color of coating on the underside of the lid — the BPA-free lid is a tan shade, while the older one is white.
Previous posts on BPA in canning lids:
• Mastering Food Preservation: On BPA in Canning Lids
• Mastering Food Preservation: Ball’s BPA-Free Canning Lids
• Mastering Food Preservation: More on Identifying Ball’s BPA-Free Lids