Back in the day, when I saw Ball canning jars in the store, I just passed on by because I didn’t grow enough to can anything. My Aunt Marilyn used to can tomato juice that was to die for and I always wanted to try it but never grew enough tomatoes. This year, I have nine plants of various varieties and am definitely going to get into canning this year. Auntie has promised to give me her recipe.
I recently read an article in a health magazine about BPA (Bisphenol A, a toxic chemical) in plastics. Even though I always buy plastics that say they are BPA free, plastic is a pain to keep clean and the dishwasher makes them all cloudy. This article talked about using Ball canning jars for food storage and freezing. So, I tried it and it worked really well. Easy clean up too, just pop in the dishwasher for sparkling clean jars.
I’ve discovered other uses for canning jars too. Ball jars work great for storage in the bathroom, kitchen, craft room, laundry room and garage.
The original Mason jars were invented by John L. Mason in 1858. He subsequently sold his ideas to others. Charles William Ball and his brothers began making glass jars in 1886 and acquired smaller companies and mass-produced Ball jars and distributed them across the country. They sold the Ball jar part of their business to Alltrista Corporation (now Jarden Corp) and Jarden now makes most of the home canning jars made today including the Ball Jars and several other brands.
Ball jars come in many different sizes (from 4 oz to 1 gallon; regular and wide mouth), colors (clear and about 15 different colors), and textures (smooth, some with embedded symbols or textures in the glass, and some still have Mason embedded in the glass along with the Ball name).
Ball jars are great for canning and storage. And, they make special jars for freezing. I am throwing out all my plastic storage containers and stocking up on ball jars. Not only are they convenient to stack and store, they are a breeze to clean, and I can freeze things in them.
This year, if my tomato plants are prolific, I’m going to make and store catsup, marinara sauce, barbeque sauce, diced and whole tomatoes for soups and anything else I can think of.
Go get your supply now, you’ll love using them for canning, and storage all over the house.