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Making More Use of Mason Jars

 
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ana wynne wrote:for those old mason jars with glass lids:

i have found some silicone gaskets at michaels before.  the old rubber seals were the best but cant seem to find them anymore.  (over a period of use, they dry rot).  i have found on amazon too.

the old jars with glass lids are hard to find too !!  i inherited several from an aunt who canned pickles.  they are huge !!  great for storing oats and flours !!



Lehamn's carries them: Old Style Canning Jar Rubbers at Lehman's
 
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Try the business at this link:     https://canninglids.com/

Make sure to browse their whole site as they have the old style rubber rings for lids.
They also have packages in quantity that they sell at a good discount from very small quantities.
 
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I use mason jars for everything, all kinds of storage, dispensing, fermenting. But most accessories are available from other places besides Amazon, which seems to be the primary source you cite. I stopped doing business with that greedy enterprise a number of years ago and search out other merchants. Luckily the Mason Jar company is a great place to find what you need!
 
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I use the strainer lids to make shakers for diatomaceous earth and lime around the farm. As my granddad used to say “handy as a shirt pocket!”
 
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Other more DIY ideas are

Terrarium - https://www.thespruce.com/mason-jar-terrarium-4125232

Snow globe - https://www.bhg.com/crafts/mason-jar-snow-globes
Twine holder - http://www.acasarella.net/2013/03/mason-jar-twine-holders.html

Organizer - https://thehandyhomemaker.com/2014/10/20/diy-mason-jar-storage
 or https://thediyplaybook.com/mason-jar-organizer
 
 
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Trying to cut down on single use plastic. Just saw a picture of a crochet holder for masson jars . Looks super creative to me
 
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I use Mason jars for food storage instead of plastic containers or bags. For things that go bad quickly, like homemade oat or nut milks, and coconut milk/cream, I use just the rim with some paper towel under it. This gives enough air to dramatically reduce bacterial build up that occurs in air tight containers (far worse in plastic) thus extending shelf life.
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Many great ideas. Thank you.
I shall add mine too
I have old 500 ml  and 250 ml canning jars (Crown) with glass lids alas, some have chipped edges but not sharp. So, I glued the glass tops with aquarium clear silicone (so the screw-on lids stick to glass tops and don't come undone every time I need to open a given jar)  and ;
#1.
store inside the jars many of my sewing "whatchamacallit" things (buttons, ribbons, tapes, trims, zippers and so on).
#2.
Also, batteries (one jar marked for "new" and another marked "used" to be taken to proper disposal.

#3.
Some I use for short food storage (mainly things that are already wrapped like candies, chocolate bites etc.) , as the aquarium silicone is non toxic but ....the glass with screw-on lids themselves aren't airtight, so not great for long term storage like canning jars.
#4.
Some I use as a ready to use poopy bags . You know...the recyclable type. When they come in a package, all are stuck together so, I pull them apart and place whole bunch in one of those jars by the doors ready to use when needed.

Thank you


 
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I'm a few years behind on this thread, but another use to add to list is storing breastmilk! I had to pump at work and I always used mason jars rather than those terrible ziploc bags they sell specifically for breastmilk.
 
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I am confused. With glass lids you mean these?
They are ubiquitous in Europe. Only part that needs periodis replacing is the O ring (orange).
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Kaarina Kreus ,
I like the one you shown.
Mine are old and some of the rings  are somewhat warped and look like these
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This one is not a fancy or smart way to use the Mason/Kerr glass jars, but as I'm looking to recover space in the various closets/ pantry, there are many things that can go outside, on a shelf in the garage.
I'm using the half gallon jars for some dry staples like extra flour, sugar, lentils, chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans), peanuts [shelled or not], black beans, green peas, lima beans, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, navy beans, great Northern beans, pinto beans, soybeans.... and of course any food you have dehydrated. [Some will benefit from being in the dark too, like dehydrated carrots, so if your shelf can be covered to be dark, so much the better.
Essentially anything you want to keep dry but that can freeze without getting damaged.
My only problem is that I've been having trouble lately finding these at the stores lately.

 
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Diane Kistner wrote:

r ranson wrote:

this one might be good for making kimchi.



This looks like a Harsch-crock-style waterlock thingie. The link says page not available. Anyone know where this might be found?


I know the question was asked two years ago, but they look like the products of KrautSource to me.
 
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The top of most parmesan cheese shakers also fit Mason jars. I use them for my homemade spice blends.
 
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Christopher Weeks wrote:

Diane Kistner wrote:

r ranson wrote:this one might be good for making kimchi.


This looks like a Harsch-crock-style waterlock thingie. The link says page not available. Anyone know where this might be found?


I know the question was asked two years ago, but they look like the products of KrautSource to me.


Thanks for the link to Krautsource!  Pretty nifty.  There are other products out there you can use for the same purpose - i.e., airlocks integrated into a Mason jar lid - but this looks like a well-designed and durable version.

My first thought was that it is a bit $$$ for what it does.  But when you think about it compared to the price of "German style" ceramic fermenting crocks, which achieve the same thing on a larger scale, it really isn't that crazy.  The price for one of these Krautsource airlocks attached to a 1-quart Mason jar, which is a totally re-usable system, is about a quarter of the price for my 1-gallon fermenting crock, which is also a totally re-usable system.  So the price is actually very proportional.
 
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I think there's never such a thing as "too many" canning jars. Just need to do more canning!  Can enough food to feed 10 people for a year!

I'd always be happy to take excess home with me! Do you need my shipping address!?
 
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Looks like I found a taker! Hey, so, regarding that KrautSource stuff that I mentioned just up-thread, I backed their kickstarter back in 2014 and have a set of their stuff and I'll never use it (I prefer both open-topped vessels and Fido jars for airlocks). And over on this thread on Barter, I said I prefer to give stuff away. So here I am owning that. If someone wants to try this out -- maybe you'll like it better than I did, and you're willing to pay the postage, I'll send you what I have (which I think is a three-jar set, with one stainless steel "ring" missing, but easily replaced by a normal ring...they just rust in brine).
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