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Old 08-28-2007, 07:49 AM   #1
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Mason jars

I noticed that a couple of things I purchased came in jars that say Mason jar. Are these jars safe to use for canning or preserving? Does "Mason" mean the same as the jars I purchase for canning or preserving? Thanks.

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Old 08-28-2007, 08:00 AM   #2
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Mason is the manufacturer. If they have the right type of lids, they will be fine.
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Old 08-28-2007, 08:08 AM   #3
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Thanks. I always use new lids and rims.
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Old 08-28-2007, 08:29 AM   #4
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Miss licia...

I would be interested in knowing what was in the jars you purchased. There are jars on the market that have the appearance of a Mason Type (canning jar) but are not the real deal. Those are not safe for canning. The most common brands of Mason type jars today are Kerr, Ball, Golden Harvest and maybe others. Just be careful that it is a true Mason type jar suitable for canning at high heat in a pressure canner

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Old 08-28-2007, 10:13 AM   #5
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A couple of the better brands of spaghetti sauce come in jars marked "Mason". I'm sure you could use them in a boiling water bath, but I don't think they're quite as heavy as a regular canning jar.
Back when I was canning, I even used mayonnaise jars sometimes. I did have one jar break in the canner once, but it didn't really explode...it just cracked, and the others were OK. After that, I saved those jars for pickles and such that I did in the water bath.
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Old 08-28-2007, 10:32 AM   #6
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I use the Classico spaghetti sauce jars for canning in the pressure cooker. My SIL saves them for me.

They say Mason on them, and seem to be heavy glass just like the ones I buy.
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Glad to hear that, Sparrow. I didn't want to recommend something I hadn't tried. Bertolli comes in that kind of jars, too.
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Old 08-28-2007, 11:36 AM   #8
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Well Doggy! I didn't know those jars were out there. We used to use Mayo jars for tomaotes, etc. but never in the pressure canner. We were afraid they would crack.
Anyway, I can't fill up all the jars I have now.


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Old 08-28-2007, 12:30 PM   #9
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" I use the Classico spaghetti sauce jars for canning in the pressure cooker. "

I've used them when preserving in a hot water bath. Bernardin ( the Canadian equivalent of Kerr / Ball) makes mason lids that fit perfectly on them.
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Lorraine, thanks for the tip!
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