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    Canning Jar Selector Guide

    Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:42 pm
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    Whether you’re making your famous blueberry jam or trying out a new pickle recipe, there’s a jar for the job. Cucumbers fit more easily into wide mouth glass preserving jars for pickling, while “straight shoulders” (with no curve under the neck of the jar) are safe for freezer storage. Here’s a quick guide to help choose the right jar, whatever you want to fresh preserve or freeze.


    Jar Size – Choose from over 6 jar sizes. Some jars have shoulders while others have straight sides that work best for freezing. Your recipe will guide you on the recommended jar sizes.

    Mouth Size – The diameter of the jar opening determines the mouth size. Choose from either regular or wide mouth sizes. All Jelly Jars have a regular mouth.
    • Regular Mouth works best with pourable foods such as jams and jellies, salsas, sauces and pie fillings or chopped fruits and vegetables.
    • Wide Mouth works best with whole fruits and vegetables or when you need a large mouth for filling.

    Note: When filling freezer-safe jars, allow 1/2 inch headspace to accommodate food expansion during freezing.

    Wide Mouth (16 oz) Pints. Freezer safe
    Salsas, Sauces, Relishes and Fruit Butters

    Wide Mouth (24 oz) Pint & Half
    Asparagus, Pickles, Sauces, Soups and Stews

    Wide Mouth (32 oz) Quarts
    Pickles, Tomatoes, Juices, and Whole Fruits and Vegetables

    Wide Mouth (64 oz) Half Gallon
    Apple and Grape Juices

    Regular Mouth (4 oz) Crystal Cut. Freezer safe
    Mustards, Ketchups, Chili Sauces and Flavored Vinegars

    Regular Mouth (8 oz) Crystal Cut. Freezer safe
    Jams, Jellies, Conserves and Chutneys

    Regular Mouth (12 oz) Crystal Cut. Freezer safe
    Jams, Jellies and Marmalades

    Regular Mouth (8 oz) Half Pints. Freezer safe
    Fruit Syrups, Chutneys and Pizza Sauce

    Regular Mouth (16 oz) Pints
    Salsas, Sauces, Syrups, Relishes and Pie Fillings

    Regular Mouth (32 oz) Quarts
    Sliced Fruits, Vegetables, Pickles, Quartered Tomatoes and Soups
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