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Antique Mason jars are nostalgic reminders of times gone by. In Grandmother's time hundreds of these jars filled with colorful vegetables, preserves, and jams lined the cellar shelves. They gave testimony to long hours of labor in a steamy, summer kitchen. Many of these jars are not only still around but thousands of them, like the ones you see here, are still in use. People who enjoy canning often pick up used jars at garage sales, thrift shops, and flea markets because they are inexpensive. They never suspect that they may be using a jar that is seventy-five years old. The Self Sealing jar was one of the first products that the company released. Kerr patented the first canning lids that had a permanently attached gasket, the type still used today. Another of their patents is the wide mouth jar, which was soon copied by Ball and other canning jar companies.
And if you bring home some fruit or vegetables and want to can, freeze, make jam, salsa or pickles, see this page for simple, reliable, illustrated canning, freezing or preserving directions. There are plenty of other related resources, click on the resources dropdown above. If you have questions or feedback, please let me know! Napolean is often credited with the invention of modern canning: in the French military offered a cash prize of 12, francs for a new method to preserve food. Nicolas Appert suggested canning and the process was first proven in
I have a lot of old, vintage canning jars. I love the history they carry as well as their charm and character.