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Old 03-20-2006, 08:00 AM   #11
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No you can not use those already used jars. You need to buy jars, rings, and lids that are specific to canning. Most any supermarket will carry them. Ball is one of the big names. the other big name escapes me right now.

I would highly recommend getting the Ball Blue Book before attempting to can anything because if you do it wrong then it can be dangerous. Bacteria and mold can grow if done improperly and that would be a bad thing. Canning is not hard. It is very easy, but there are some important rules that must be followed.
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Old 03-20-2006, 08:44 AM   #12
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Wall Mart sells canning supply and also has the Ball canning book you will need.The book will tell you all you need to know about canning and step by step guide.
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Old 03-20-2006, 09:19 AM   #13
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thanks guys i will have a look round here where i live in the UK
I will make sure i thoroughly do my research & buy all the required needs for making jam
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Old 03-20-2006, 12:33 PM   #14
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I remember years ago, we used to seal jellies and jams with melted parrafin. The vacuum lid has got to be easier than messing with hot parrafin.
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Old 03-20-2006, 12:37 PM   #15
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OK, now what I am saying here is strictly considered taboo on most canning sites, but you will find that folks who have canned successfully for years without killing folks DO reuse jars. I have seen all kinds of different jars reused for making jam. The trick is, they don't seal them with the lids. They pour liquid paraffin on top of the hot jam and make sure that seals the jam in, THEN they put the sterilized lid over that.

My MIL makes the best raspberry jam I have ever tasted and some of her jars date from the 70's. I wouldn't recommend sealing anything BUT jam with paraffin, but it works really well for jam.

BTW, I am looking for her jam recipe for you.
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Old 03-20-2006, 12:40 PM   #16
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In the Ball Book they say you can reuse jars (as long as they are canning jars), but you cannot reuse the lids as the sealing compound only works once. I guess if you are using wax then that would take care of that problem
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Old 03-20-2006, 12:47 PM   #17
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They aren't canning jars. They are Cheez whiz jars, mayo jars, you name it, she reuses it. The key though IS the paraffin, and the fact that the lids are still in good condition and not rusty or otherwise messed up.
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Old 03-20-2006, 01:15 PM   #18
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LOL you guys are making me confused, waxing, paraffin?
ok another questions, i still have some lemons left over, does anyone know how to make lemon curd, the same stuff you buy in jam jars in the shops?
is it the same method as making jam aswell
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Old 03-20-2006, 01:18 PM   #19
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Here is Ishbel's lemon curd recipe.

Oh, and paraffin is wax right? Do you have another term in the UK? What I mean is that you melt some wax and pour it on top of the hot jam and sort of make a layer of wax on top of the jam. You need to be sure that it seals the edges well so that no air can seep under the wax seal.

Does that clarify things for you?
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Old 03-20-2006, 02:49 PM   #20
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They aren't canning jars. They are Cheez whiz jars, mayo jars, you name it, she reuses it. The key though IS the paraffin, and the fact that the lids are still in good condition and not rusty or otherwise messed up.
Back 50+ yrs ago we did use parafin wax for sealing jams and jellies. Sometimes you got mold on top but you can take off the mold as the jam was still useable. Recycled non-canning jars can break when the hot 215+ deg. jam is poured into it. Either the glass can not take the heat or you have a thermal stress causing the breakage or boiling the jars to sterlize. If you use parafin make sure the inside neck is clean of any jam, heat the parafin (care must be taken as it can catch fire), pour or ladle onto the jam, tip the jar a bit so the wax covers the side well. Living in Canada or any area where you do not have exreme high heat during the summer, wax works rather well BUT if you live in a high heat area of the deserts, Florida, Texas, etc. the wax will turn plastic and cause the jam to leak out. When that happens it will definitely mold; ergo, the 2 part ring and lid on the Mason or Ball canning jar. UK has them as we had a severe shortage of lids in the USA some years ago and I was able to buy them in England when there. The rings can be reused. It is a always adisaible to read the manu. instuctions before using a new product.
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