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Where Did You Get Your Mason Jars?

post #1 of 19
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I've been looking for some good ones to use for making kefir. Preferably ones that look "cool" and old.

All I can find is metal canisters.. any ideas?
post #2 of 19
I've bought a few at flea markets and at good will but mostly my jars are recycled jars since I don't do any 'real' canning. As long as the plastic lids fit, it works out for me.
post #3 of 19
Most grocery stores in my area have canning jars in various sizes and styles. I order the plastic storage lids online though, because for some reason the stores that sell the jars never seem to have the plastic lids, only the two-piece metal lids for canning.

Cool looking old ones turn up at garage sales and thrift stores.
post #4 of 19
I bought my 1/2 gallon sized ones at the craft store.
post #5 of 19
I get mine when I place my monthly order with Azure Standard at www.azurestandard.com
post #6 of 19
I've purchased most of mine new at grocery or hardware stores in the area. I love to thrift and was always watching for them, but they charge as much - or MORE! - most of the time as new, and you are just getting a few at a time. At least that was my luck! Thrift stores are often like that for some things here in the city though.

Also, when you get them new you have a great divided box to store them in when they are emptied for the year.
post #7 of 19
freecycle was my best source. I got TONS of various sized mason jars.
post #8 of 19
i can buy packs of wide mouth jars at the grocery store.
post #9 of 19
I get mine from the grocery store too. I'll have to check the craft stores for half gallon sized ones, though.
post #10 of 19
I bought a lot at Ace Hardware this summer - good prices, and they stock them year round (and if yours doesn't carry whatever size you want, they'll order them: mine orderd the half gallons for me
post #11 of 19
I reuse the large 1/2 gallon jars we get our honey in.
post #12 of 19
I buy food in glass jars, and when the food is finished, wash out the jars and save them.

The ones from Bubbie's pickles are particularly nice.

ETA: I haven't done any actual canning, so I have no clue if these would be appropriate for that purpose or not. They're fine for food storage in the fridge or freezer, and for ferments on the kitchen counter.
post #13 of 19
Grandma's basement.

So . . . estate sales, thrift stores, garage/yard sales, freecycle, CraigsList, etc.

Various stores carry jars, too, if you want new. Container Store and World Market often have mason jars.
post #14 of 19
I ordered mine online through Ace Hardware. They delivered them free to my local Ace store.
post #15 of 19
I buy new ones, I scour church sales, tag sales, flea markets, estate sales, etc. I have some of the really old ones with the wires to close them that I use for storing things (herbs, food, etc) but not for canning (because they don't have rubbers).
post #16 of 19
We got ours from my Grandmom-in-law's basement (they belonged to her grandmother, and still have the zinc lids, so cool!).

But other favorite sources of jars:

* Cup sized mason jars that once held candles or pesto.
* Classico (and many other tomato sauce brands) come in good, sturdy canning jars large enough for smaller kefir runs or a small batch of ginger beer.
* Gallon sized pickle jars, which are pretty good for kombucha because the neck doesn't come in much.
* Swing top jars from IKEA or European import stores.
* Recycled swing top bottles from fancy sparkling lemonades, or my favorite root beer (Virgil's).

Most of these I just pull out of the apartment complex recycling bins, I go walking the afternoon before the recycling trucks come and clean them well. Only trouble is that sometimes they're orphanned from their lids.
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post #18 of 19
I wish I'd thought of Ace Hardware myself! Did you know that Ace hardware is actually a co-op? Each Ace Hardware is actually a separate business, local and often family owned. The Ace part of it is just the supplier! Thought I'd share.
post #19 of 19
Oh, I didn't know that. That's pretty cool!
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