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Old fashion canning jars
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donna in wv    Posted 04-25-2003 at 15:04:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
since you are all so knowledgeable can you please help me? neighbor gave me 10 dozen old canning jars with the glass tops and metal holders[she called them bailers]and boxes of the new rubber seals.can i can with them like i do with my" ball" jars and are they safe and do i have to do something different with these.the regular canning site doesn't even mention them. i hate to waste these jars CAN SOMEBODY HELP ME!!!!!

toral    Posted 01-24-2006 at 11:21:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
just wanted to know if u did find a place o buy/get the rubber seals? i need some too. Thanks.

Fran    Posted 01-31-2006 at 18:37:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You should not can with jars that old, mainly because the pressure from canning could break the jars. I found the best use for older jars is dry goods - candy, etc.

Chris    Posted 09-12-2004 at 00:57:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can anyone help me find "rubbers" or "gaskets" for wire bail jars?

Romeo H. Hristov    Posted 09-12-2005 at 14:03:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I'm looking also for rubber gaskets for old wire bail jars. Any information where I can buy them?
Thanks in advance,


toral    Posted 01-24-2006 at 11:23:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
just wanted to know if u did find a place to get the seals from? Am looking for some too.could u please send me an email if u have them.

Tracy    Posted 09-20-2003 at 08:20:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just writing to find out if the jars worked for you. I have hundreds of the old fashion jars. The ones with the glass tops and wire harness. I was interested in using them for jams. Let me know if you had any luck with them. I cant see letting all of those beautiful jars go to waste.

Jim Morgan in WV    Posted 09-08-2004 at 13:08:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If somebody knows where i can find some of the old jars ,please let me know because I would like to have a few . Thanks, Jim

Juliana    Posted 04-26-2003 at 19:10:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Donna, call the canning experts at The Ball Blue Book canning. The number is 1-800-240-3340. They were great for me and will be able to answer your question about the shelf-life, etc.

Salmoneye    Posted 04-26-2003 at 04:57:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
There are a couple of 'bail' type jars...The oldest kind had the bails held on with a wire harness that goes all the way round the top of the jar...The wires rust quickly and the bails become loose and will not hold the lid tightly compressed against the rubber seal...This kind may or may not seal well depending on the small wire condition...

The Later version of the bail jar has only the thicker metal bails and the ends of the bail sits in a moulded depression under the rim of the jar itself...These are 'newer' and usually will hold the lid securely with new rubbers...

When you go to use the jars, boil the rubbers for 15 minutes before using and put them on hot...

If you are water-bath canning, then you need to apply the rubbers and lid, swing the bail up and over the lid, but do NOT snap down the bail till after they have been removed from the water while still as hot as possible...Can't remember about pressure canning, but I know it can be done...

After your 'canned' goods have completely cooled, and with the bails snapped down, turn the jar over so some of the liquid is up in the rim...Then with the jar back upright, grab the rubber tab that sticks out and give a gentle tug...if There are no small bubbles forming inside the glass lid above the rubber, chances are that the jar is sealed and will stay sealed for years...

I just canned near 20 gallons (in pints) of my syrup in old bail jars with only a few failures...That's around 160 jars from my attic with only 3-4 jars that did not seal...

Hot pack above 180 degrees F, and after you snap the bail, SLOWLY invert the jar and it will sterilize the insides of the lids...

Sid    Posted 04-26-2003 at 05:18:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I remember my Grandmother canning with that type of jar. We just use them to store dry stuff seeds dry beans and such. Also some pretty dodads for decoration. Colored water sure looks pretty sitting in the window with the sun shining behind it.

Ayuh...    Posted 04-26-2003 at 12:24:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have 3 pints in one window in the kitchen with three different grades (shades) of syrup...Looks good...Tastes great...


rhudson    Posted 04-25-2003 at 18:06:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Donna, do the bails hold down the lids? if so, i have read somewhere not to use them for long term canning. but they are good for short term dry goods storage and i'm sure they are getting to be collector items. i guess just about every thing that is two to three generations old is a collectable to someone.

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