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Canning Jar Selector Guide
Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:42 pmForum Host
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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