If you follow me over at my business blog, you may have seen me mention that I’m going to be working with a jar distributor this year. That distributor is none other than Fillmore Container, and I’m very excited to be working with them! As luck would have it, I saw a link to them on my local extension’s website – and having remembered that my friend Marisa from Food in Jars wrote a blog post about their jars a while back, I asked her if she would be willing to connect us. They have been nothing short of amazing thus far, and I’m really looking forward to partnering with them. Not only will I no longer need to run to and from the grocery store every time I need a case of jars, but the jars themselves will be looking much nicer as well since the sides are smooth – a huge benefit to canners who love to label their creations without having the labels wrinkle from raised designs on the glass, or be forced into using a small label to avoid that problem. Similarly, their lids are blank – perfect for writing on with a sharpie if you don’t do labels or just want to remember what’s in the jar before you get a chance to make them.
Before I placed an order though, I was hoping to be able to review the jars I was interested in, which are these 8-ounce smooth-sided tapered jars (they also come in a 4-ounce size as well). I asked them if the jars would work with both conventional two-piece lids as well as one-piece lids, and they said yes, and even suggested that I try out both. Having never worked with one-piece lids before, I eagerly agreed!
The first thing I did when I received the jars was to unpack the entire box. It contained twelve smooth-sided jars, six one-piece lids, six two-piece lids, and a nifty little jar gripper with their logo on it.
Then, I picked up the jars, feeling the weight of them in my hand. I compared them with the Ball half-pint jars that I’m used to using, and other than the raised glass designs, they felt virtually the same to me. Good, solid glass.
I also inspected the lids. It seemed to me that the two-piece lids had a little more sealing compound on them than Ball jar lids do…I’m not sure if that will generally promote less seal failure or not, but I can’t see how it would hurt, and I certainly had no problems with the seals. The one-piece lid is shown on the left, and is a plastisol-lined lid with a button in the center so that you can easily tell when it has sealed.
To give the jars and lids a test run, I made a batch of marmalade. I followed my usual canning procedure and heated the jars in a large pot of water, and the lids in a sauce pan. Marisa has a great tutorial on canning with one-piece lids if you’ve never done it before, so instead of reiterating the steps I’ll just point you there.
Here is what the jars and lids looked like when I was done, top and side views.
All in all, I couldn’t be happier with these jars, and I can’t wait to start using them both for my home canning projects and for my business. Today, Fillmore Container is also offering a lucky reader the chance to win a case of the same jars! To enter, simply leave a comment on this post and tell me how you’d use these smooth-sided jars.
For additional entries (if you already do any of these items, they DO count, but you must leave a separate comment for each item):
- Become a fan of Fillmore Container on Facebook
- Become a fan of Sugarcrafter on Facebook
- Follow @sugarcrafter and @FillmoreJars on Twitter, and tweet the following: Get ready for canning season this year and win a case of jars from @sugarcrafter & @FillmoreJars! Enter here: http://bit.ly/Uzieb6
The giveaway ends Sunday, February 24th at midnight, and is open to US residents only. One winner will be randomly selected using Random.org and contacted Monday, February 25th. Good luck!
Finally, make sure to click over to the Fillmore Container blog. They have a little guest post by me up there right now with a recipe for white chocolate raspberry mousse, so head on over and check it out!
Full Disclosure: Giveaway prizes are courtesy of Fillmore Container. I received the jars and lids for review, and I was not compensated with additional products, gifts, gift cards, or money. The opinions expressed here are all my own.