Who Remembers These?

| 9/13/2013 9:34:00 AM

DJI will bet there are a whole lot of people out there who remember every single one of these jars! Am I right, ladies? I know there are some guys who do, too, but most of the time it was the ladies that did the canning, so I am targeting them a little bit here.

An Assortment of Old Canning Jars

How many of you remember these jars?

My cousin’s husband gave my husband and I several boxes of old jars he had stored out in a building he calls the ‘little barn.’ That’s the old metal building where he stores all the junk he doesn’t want my cousin to know he still has. They live in town now, but he still comes out to fiddle around with stuff and take his old Swather up to another piece of land he owns so he can play around like he used to when he still farmed outside of Troy, Idaho where they live. To avoid a little confusion – my husband and I are staying in the ranch house where they raised their kids. My husband and I are convinced he won’t sell the place because it gives him a place to go play, and he doesn’t have to listen to my cousin. Enough of that history and back to the jars.

My cousin had already told us we could have all the canning jars she had upstairs, and that is where I found the metal bands for sealing the Economy jars, but neither one of us ever figured I would find the jars.

Also in the boxes of jars she gave us were three or four fancy square jars that say ‘Reliance Wide Mouth Mason’ that have one piece metal lids with the seal already in the lid. I proudly display them in my pantry. As you can see, they work great for beans and black eyed peas and such. I even have one that is square like the Reliance jars, but it says ‘Presto Wide Mouth Mason.’ Who would have thought there were that many different brands of canning jars? Then we were given the boxes of jars in the barn, and we started going through those boxes and cleaning those jars. Heaven! Sorry, I do get a little excited sometimes.

10/1/2013 10:35:14 AM

I have a large collection of old canning jars. I need to find out what lids go on what type of jar so I can match them up correctly. I thought I understood the Economy jar until I saw the glass flat used with the metal strap. Can you help? :-)

9/26/2013 5:27:34 PM

The Reliance jars came with coffee in them from the grocery store then you could reuse the jar for canning - at least that is what my mom told me. I have about a dozen of them and they are my treasure, I still find them once in a while at a local antique shop. The owner keeps an eye out for me and calls me when she finds one.

9/25/2013 12:20:05 PM

I could do an article on antique canners! And I use all of them. Had to get a seal company to hand make a seal for the latest one, but I use it the most now. Happiness is my stove running with all burners working!

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