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Old 07-07-2009, 08:43 AM   #11
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You might also try thrift stores and garage sales. It seems like you can always find some that people are getting rid of! You might even save a few bucks in the process and help out a worthy cause at the same time!

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Old 07-07-2009, 09:26 AM   #12
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Wal-mart it will be. I'm on the east coast and not much of a farming community. We are a seafood state. Certain areas do farm fruit and veggies but it's a very small industry in the state. I don't even think we have any farming stores. I'll stock up while i can, when I see them.

You all have been so helpful. I feel like a boob not even knowing where to get simple supplies, but we all have to start somewhere :)

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Old 07-07-2009, 10:13 AM   #13
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They're in our area Wal-Mart stores now, too. I've also seen them at Ace and True Value hardware stores.
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:34 AM   #14
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If I knew you needed them sooner I could have shipped you all you might need! I just cleared out all my canning supplies because I just don't have the time and passion any more. Then we moved my Dad in here and I had to deal with all my Mom's supplies as well!

This is Canada, but our grocery stores carry them all year, though starting around now they really stock up and display them more prominently. I agree that I would be leary of dollar store ones.
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:35 PM   #15
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If you're making strawberry jam, Sure-Jell has a wonderful recipe in their box. Their steps are also very clearly outlined and easy to follow - nice for newbie's or people needing a refresher.
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Old 07-07-2009, 01:36 PM   #16
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There's a variety of canning jars out there by different names -- Ball, Kerr, Mason, Atlas-Mason and others -- and each is a little different from the other. I agree that manufacturing quality has improved over the years to allow for a higher quality jar. Most of the companies today are all under one name....Jarden Corporation, (http://www.jardenbrandedconsumables.com/jarden-home-brands.php).

The Atlas-Mason jars come from Classico products and aren't really supposed to be reused, but everyone does, but I would recommend only using for Boiling Water recipes and not pressure canning. The same goes for those mayonnaise jars. The glass is thin on those and there is a danger of exploding jars if there is a temperature shock when processing and/or lifting them out.

Canning jars should last for many many years. Just always check for cracks and chips, especially on the rim, and toss if you find anything or use for something other than canning. The only thing 'new' you will ever need are the flats and some people are getting a good supply of them now in case there is a shortage in the near future. That actually occurred once in 1974. Only a limited number of rings are needed since they are used only for processing and then are removed and no longer needed.
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Old 07-22-2009, 12:47 PM   #17
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I use Mason they seem to work out with everything that you seem to can.. With ball they were good but they seem to leak after a long time
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Old 07-23-2009, 07:36 AM   #18
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I have to dispute the comment about jars for the Dollar Store being inferior. The Dollar Stores here carry Golden Harvest brand, which is the same as Kerr. They are perfectly safe. I use them all the time and I have been canning for years.

I just put up 21 quarts of green beans (pressure canned) and didn't have a single jar or lid failure.

Here is a link to the USDA guideline for canning. If you follow this, you will not have any problems.

USDA Canning Guide (1994)

Good luck and Happy Canning!

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