Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Kitchen Collection [29]

Canning jars come in handy all the time and usually not for canning. I've been using them as canisters for a hundred years. Well, maybe not a hundred, but it's been a long time. I keep tea, spaghetti, sugar, flour, rice, coffee, baking soda, and all kinds of other things in them.

Rice stored in a canning jar.

We have a variety of shapes and sizes that we've collected over the years. Some are out on the counter and some are in cabinets. I like being able to see what's inside each jar ; it's practical and I think dry goods look attractive in the glass containers.

Every now and then we have to seek out new rubber rings so that the jars continue to seal well. I did some brief research and found this wire-type gasket closure is called a lightning closure. I'm not sure why, but it may have to do with the first company to use it.

Mason jars are named after the man who invented them. I tend to call all canning jars "mason jars" generically. I guess that's not technically correct, but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.


  1. all of my dried goods like that are in Bonne Maman jars :-) everyone makes fun of me but I think they secretly are jealous!

  2. I lovve mason jars! I'm still dreaming of a place to store them in my future kitchen. At the moment, my jars are a little too mix and match.

  3. Yes, they're the best, Walt! Canning jars make me think of quality, homemade things. When you fill a canning jar, it's usually with something you use to make something else--an ingredient in a cooking or baking project.

    Good thought on replacing the rubber seals. Yours in the photo looks bright and new.

  4. Karina, I'll bet you're right. Green with envy !
    Reb, I can't wait to see photos of the new kitchen.
    Ginny, so true, and appetizing.

  5. Can anyone suggest an outlet for new rubber seals, 3 1/2"? One place wanted $5.50/6, which is fine, but I could not bring myself to pay the $10 shipping cost!


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