My in-laws gave me a ton of old canning jars last week with the declaration, “you are rich in jars.”
Indeed I am. I seem to always need jars. But when I saw the labels on some of the boxes, I became kinda excited – don’t they seem rather old to you?
They had come to my in-laws by way of an aunt who used to do a lot of canning.
Apparently a long time ago.
When I was going through them on Saturday in the garage, I think I let out a squeal when I saw these little beauties. Little squarish half-pint size Ball jars. I’ve been canning for awhile and I’ve never seen this shape of half-pints before.
I counted nineteen- all in perfect condition.
Then I started to find depression-era jars like this Boyd quart jar.
And this round, straight-shoulder Kerr “Self Sealing” quart jar.
This Presto “Supreme Mason” quart jar is about the only square one I found.
But my favorite was this heavy, Altas round quart jar – namely because of it’s “Strong Shoulder” label. Who doesn’t want a strong shoulder to rely on?
I have about a dozen of the round, straight shoulder Kerr “Economy” quart jars pictured on the left and another dozen of the squat Kerr pint-size wide-mouth jars on the right. They are heavy and have cool bubbles in the thick glass.
So here’s my dilemma:
I don’t want to can with them- I want to have them out somewhere that I can look at them all the time! I’m thinking of storage – maybe crafts or seasonings?
Do you know how I can use these vintage jars? I’d love some more ideas!
PS- I did also get some newer canning jars that I’m going to put to good use as containers for gifts- come back tomorrow to see another “Gift in a Jar” idea! You might want to subscribe if you don’t already, to make sure you get all our posts!