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Old Canning Jars
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Rita    Posted 10-15-2002 at 09:27:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm wondering whether to continue to keep my stash of 20 year old canning jars for future canning use or to toss them into the landfill. They have been used many times during the 1980's and stored in a garage ever since. Are they still safe to use?

Hal/WA    Posted 10-15-2002 at 11:02:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you want to use the jars yourself, I am almost sure that they will be fine unless they are cracked or chipped.

On the other hand, if you no longer want to can and the jars are just in your way, why not give them away, sell them cheap in a garage sale, donate them to a thrift center, or do something else productive with them. There are a lot of people who like to can, and buying new jars is expensive and unnecessary. My family has canned for many years and most of our jars have been passed down from parents, from garage sales and from people who knew we can and gave us their jars when they quit.

It would truly be a shame if your perfectly usable jars were sent to a landfill. And doing so would cost YOU money.

Kat in NJ    Posted 10-15-2002 at 09:55:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Rita -- the glass jars should be fine as long as they have no cracks or chips. It's the lids and rings that shouldn't be recycled. You can buy packages of lids and rubber mason jar rings separately from the boxes of jars. I buy mine at a local hardware store that has managed to fend off the Home Depot/Lowe's invasion and still carries little things like canning supplies. You can also find canning supplies on the Internet.


John Saunders    Posted 05-28-2009 at 19:39:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am seeking to get an old canning jar repaired. The wire framework came off of another jar that was broken and placed on another that didn't have the wire framework. But in so doing, a little of the wire broke off. It is a bit rusty. Would soldering help or what do you suggest? Thank you for your time.

Scott Hansen    Posted 10-15-2002 at 09:30:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sure! Why not? If you are in doubt, wash them in a mild Clorox/soap solution. Glass does not deteriorate. I use old jars for glasses. Especially the wide mouth ones. Thay seem to fit better.......

Burrhead    Posted 10-15-2002 at 09:57:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have some here that I know are over 30 years old. Ma Burr just boils um ever year and goes at it again.

I use the quart jars for a tea glass myself.

Scott Hansen    Posted 10-15-2002 at 10:00:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
ooooo yeah, they make the best sweet tea glasses! No bitter plastic aftertaste. I sound like a Ronco commercial.

Burrhead    Posted 10-15-2002 at 16:07:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
yeah and they're dishwasher safe ifn she aint drunk.

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