I'm a nut about canning jars, especially vintage ones. I love to check out thrift stores and antique shops looking for old mason jars. A couple years ago while out antiquing with my parents we found a shelf full of vintage half gallon mason jars for only $2 a piece. I think we bought them all.
I use my canning jars year round. Not only do I can fruit, jams and salsa in them but I use them to store my homemade dressings and sauces as well as items in my pantry. The vintage canning jars from the antique mall store my beans and pastas.
A couple of weeks ago I told you I bought some wide mouth half gallon canning jars. They were a box of six, regularly priced at $13.97. I had a little bit left on a $50 gift card so I used it and my final price out of pocket rang in at $6.43. I was pretty happy about that.
I love these jars!
I love the cute little design printed on the side of the jar. More importantly, I love that I now have glass containers to store our milk in that I am able to get my hand inside so I can easily clean them. Keeping milk containers clean is often difficult because of the residue left behind.
I love how the size of the jar is perfect to fit in the door of our refrigerator. The milk jugs from the store never quite fit. They always stuck out a bit so I couldn't put things near the edge of the middle shelf or the door wouldn't close. With refrigerator space at a premium that was a pain.
A couple years ago I bought a box of white plastic lids for everyday use for my jars. I put the lids and rings that came with them away to use when I can next.
In addition to milk there are a lot of things I plan to use these jars for:
· Sun tea, obviously J
· Making a small batch of pickles
· Flour canister
· Sugar canister
If I'm not careful I may find myself in need of another box of these jars.
Do you have any half gallon mason jars? What do you use yours for?