Do you Freecycle? I know my local chapter seems to have folks looking and folks offering canning jars quite frequently. I’m always a little late on the ones being offered. Be sure to post on craigslist too – I’ve gotten some good stuff that way. Good luck in your search!
Hi Emily, Craigslist is a great way to find jars at a good price. In our area one guy has a business doing just that and he has jars at a great price and they are in good shape and clean. He cut me off though (we call him the Jar Nazi) because he thought I was not using them for the right things! He’s a little eccentric. Now I just send my friends, and he hasn’t figured it out. He would be a blog post all by himself. Apparently what he deems a jar for salsa can’t be used to freeze my butter! Bad canner Bad canner!
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Thanks, folks! I’m actually asking here because Craig’s List and Freecycle have no jars, and folks posting that they want jars. Those sources seem pretty tapped out in my area, so I’m working my other networks. Of course, most of you reading here USE all your jars! *grin*
Where do y’all buy the lids for the jars, and how do you know which lids to buy based on the jar size you have? I bought a box of jars (with no lids) last year at a thrift store and they’ve been sitting in the garage waiting for me to find lids for them. TIA.
Oldnovice – canning jar lids come in two sizes: regular and widemouth. Both pints and quarts come with both size lids. You can easily put your hand inside a widemouth jar; only kids can really get their whole hand through a regular jar’s mouth.
There are two parts you’ll need: the disposable lid (the flat part) and the reusable ring or band (that holds the lid on during the canning process). You need a new lid every time you use a jar, because opening the jar bends the lid and it can’t be re-sealed. You don’t absolutely need one ring per jar, but it’s very handy. Otherwise, you have to take the rings off sealed jars and move them to the stuff you’re canning today. If you’re pinching pennies, you probably only need a dozen bands because that’s all your canner is likely to hold at once, anyway.
I see lids and rings everywhere this time of year – from the garden store to the grocery store, especially stores that have groceries, housewares, a garden center, etc. (Meijer, in this part of the world). Expect to pay about $2 for a dozen lids (a little less for regular, a little more for widemouth) and about $4 for a dozen rings plus lids.