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Old 02-19-2013, 06:17 AM   #11
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I buy them at the supermarket. Most have them.
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:27 PM   #12
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Agreed with all those above, plus I've gotten really lucky - recently a high-end kitchen store went out of business and I got each dozen of Kerr jars for $5.
I've also found that many people with the best intentions never get around to using their jars, and you'll see them unused at their yard sales :)
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:06 PM   #13
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For pickling you need a big or a bigger container not a jar, for jam storage you need regular glass jars.

For pickling you can even use an enameled pot, but cannot use regular metal container. I use large plastic container I bought in the restaurant supply store. Or large one gallon glass jars. To be honest with you I got the jar gallon size jar of pickles, and after pickles were gone just washed it clean and have been using for pickling. You can get those in Sam’s club or institutional size from a regular grocery.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:42 PM   #14
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I get mine at yard sales or thrift stores. For the lids, I get those at the grocery store or Canadian Tire. I also have bought jars at the grocery store. Love the 2 qt size for putting up sauerkraut after it has fermented in the crock and the itty-bitty size (2 oz?) for things like pepper jelly. We find the pint (500 ml) size perfect for maple syrup.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:07 PM   #15
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Oh, good grief. Maybe it is the Midwest? But you can buy them in any grocery store, hardware store, farm store, yard/garage sale. I like to use them for storage, especially when keeping food from rodents/insects (mice are a problem in the winter where I live). So I go ahead and buy a case, which isn't very expensive. I have friends who pickle/can. I buy plastic (not to be used for pickling/canning) lids to go with them for storage (ease). The cans when new, come with the lids & rings. I then collect the jars and new lids in a bag, call my canning friend, and we have a glass of wine, I turn over all the jars/lids that I've collected over the year. In return, I get the fruits of her labors. Symbiotic! I also buy products in canning jars from time to time (a lot of "gourmet" stores and farm markets sell in them), and clean and put the jars aside (the used rings and lids I toss).
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:18 PM   #16
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Claire--stop by your local restaurant(s) and ask them to save the gallon pickle jars for you. Theses are great for storing stuff, have "big lids" that are easy to open and some of the jars are rectangular with "grab grooves" for when they are on the shelf. It takes a bit to clean them (I take the label residue off with "goo be gone"), I have discovered the plastic ones can't go in the dishwasher--they change shape! But, I too store all my dry goods in jars and have found that having this size works great for things like dried beans, flour, grains, pasta, sugar.
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:48 PM   #17
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Not sure where to buy them (not online). I heard bed bath and beyond has them?
If you mean glass ones any good kitchen store or kitchen department should carry Kilner jars ( I think these are called Mason Jars in the US). There is a chain of stores in America called Williams Sonoma which I believe is very good. There might be one near you
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Claire--stop by your local restaurant(s) and ask them to save the gallon pickle jars for you. Theses are great for storing stuff, have "big lids" that are easy to open and some of the jars are rectangular with "grab grooves" for when they are on the shelf. It takes a bit to clean them (I take the label residue off with "goo be gone"), I have discovered the plastic ones can't go in the dishwasher--they change shape! But, I too store all my dry goods in jars and have found that having this size works great for things like dried beans, flour, grains, pasta, sugar.
I collect the old aqua glass version of these types of jars and bottles and use them for food storage in the kitchen.



I have sizes ranging from 6 gallons [which I use like pickling crocks and for the 25 lb economy bags of sugar I like to buy] to one pint jars for my home dried herbs. I have 5 and 6 gallon aqua jugs which I use for home wine making.
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