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Old 07-06-2009, 09:00 PM   #1
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Where to get jars?

Hi All,
Total newbie to canning but with some help from my mother, i am hoping to can strawberries and other thing. She has not done it in years and years so her memory is a little rusty.

I am sure this question has been answered but i have not been able to find it on the forum. I went to a local store for mason jars. And while they are mason jars by name, the glass seems to me to be much thinner than I recall from my youth. I'm wondering if all "mason jars" are ok to use for canning or if there is a certain kind that I should not use (too thin, might crack). I'm unable to order supplies online so I have to buy at stores where I live in Rhode Island and I have no idea the best place to go. Hardware store? garden section of Wal-mart? Job Lot?

Any suggestions from those of you out there?

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Old 07-06-2009, 09:15 PM   #2
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If it's a Mason brand jar, it should be fine. Ball brand jars also are good. See if you can get hold of the Ball Canning book. It's full of useful info.
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:27 PM   #3
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it's good to know about the mason jars. I had gotten them at a shop here called "the Christmas Tree Shoppe". Kind of like a better version of Job Lot and i was nervous that the jars were more for some kind of decoration rather than canning use.

Might you know of a chain store that carries the Ball jars? I honestly don't even know the type of store to look for them in.
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:38 PM   #4
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Its not quite canning season yet, but soon you won't be able to walk through a store without tripping on them. Try any Walmart, or most grocery stores.
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:44 PM   #5
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I think you should go to a grocery store and ask at costumer service.
Also if you have a dollar store near you, you can visit their.
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:22 PM   #6
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Great-thanks so much for pointing me in the right direction. I do have a Dollar store near me. Great tip. I wouldn't have thought to look in there. I'm really looking forward to doing the canning. Mom's going to impart her wisedom. But even her canning abilities were limited to things like relish and jams. I'd like to eventually do a wide variety of canning.

So glad I found this forum :)
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:34 PM   #7
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niteowl, be careful with dollar store stuff. Sometimes it is not the best quality. Just check it carefully.
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Old 07-07-2009, 06:12 AM   #8
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my Wal-Mart has canning supplies out now, but they are not in the garden section, they are in the grocery/food section of the store. ALL of my little local grocery stores carry canning jars, but I live in an area where canning is common. They are also available in farm supply stores here, and some feed stores.
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:09 AM   #9
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Yes, our Wal-Mart has them out now, too. But, be sure to get them now, they are seasonal. Our grocery stores all carry them as well.
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:30 AM   #10
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My Grandma's canning jars were very thick walled. They were very very old. I guess with new testing and manufacturing techniques they have been able to create a safe jar with a minimum of material.
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