It’s true, we’re in the midst of a food packaging crisis and canning jars and other preserving and canning supplies are hard to find. The Washington Post even called us about it. Check out their article about pandemic canning. In this post we will help you find canning jars that are safe for home canning and are comparable to Ball brand jars.
Ball® Jars and two-piece lids are items that have been hit hard. The demand for canning jars and preserving products exceeded their projection for production which was calculated before the pandemic. We’ve been told that the team is working diligently to get product back in stores but we have not been provided with ETAs. In the meantime, we encourage you to use our “Notify me when this item is back in stock” button. Once signed up, you’ll receive an email notification when that product arrives at our warehouse. Depending on your preserving method, or planned use for your mason jars, you might consider some other options that we offer.
The good news is, we carry other lines of canning jars that are also safe for home canning and have provided a few jar comparisons (listed below) to assist you in finding an alternative so you can keep preserving! You can see options for quart, pint, half pint, and 4 oz. jars below.
Generally, the price point is quite competitive even with the addition of the cost of lids. It’s important to note that canning jars from other manufacturers do not come with lids. This offers a lot of flexibility in selecting your own closures. If you intend to use the jars for traditional two-piece canning, they work perfectly with regular mouth two-piece lids.
It’s important to note that all of the canning jars we suggest below are recommended for water bath canning, but NOT for pressure canning. Currently, only Ball jars and their 2-piece lids are tested and approved containers/lids for use in pressure canning.
Many customers enjoy the smooth sides on most of these canning jars, as they can be more easily and creatively labeled.
We have two regular mouth quart jars, that are safe for home water bath canning, and are comparable to Ball’s quart jars and regular mouth lids.
Glass Wholesale Quart (32 oz) Economy Mayo Jars with a continuous thread finish. These jars can be used in hot fill (with regular mouth standard plastisol, or two-piece lids) or water bath canning with HI-Heat, RC3 Lids with the pasteurization Plastisol or two-piece canning lids. Jars are MADE in the USA.
Anchor Hocking Quart Canning Jars are an appealing 32 ounce canning jar with a softened square shape, smooth sides, and shoulders that allow for easy labeling. These jars have the standard size, regular mouth opening. They can be used in hot fill (with the standard plastisol or two-piece lids) or water bath canning with HI-Heat, RC3 Lids with the pasteurization Plastisol or two-piece canning lids. The jars are MADE in the USA.
There are three pint jar options we encourage you to consider in place of Ball’s regular mouth pint jars.
This is a universal and great pint jar for BBQ sauces, pickled vegetables, jams and jellies, candles, and crafts. The smooth-sided Mason jar is our best-selling container because of its versatility. These jars have a 70-450 CT (continuous thread) finish, which is compatible with regular mouth closures.
These Anchor Hocking Pint Canning Jars have a softened square shape with smooth sides and shoulders that allow for easy labeling. The versatility of these jars is endless. Use these jars for jam, jelly, barbecue sauces, pickled vegetables, candles, or anything you want to store in a clear glass mason jar. These jars have the standard size, regular mouth opening, and are MADE in the USA.
Tap into the nostalgic appeal of these square Mason jars with “Mason” and volume embossed to help your preserves stand out on the shelf; gradation is embossed on two adjacent sides. These jars are great for anything from sauces to pickled vegetables, the pint-size glass is one of our best-selling containers. With a 70-450 CT finish, it can be used in conjunction with the standard regular mouth lids.
Half pint jars are a common size for jams, jellies, and butters. We have two alternatives to Ball’s half pint (8 oz.) regular mouth jars. These are safe for home water bath canning and are often more popular than Ball’s jars.
Show off your jams, jellies, sauces, and spreads in these half-pint tapered glass Mason jars. Straight sides without shoulders make them easy to fill up and empty. With a 70-450 CT finish, use these in conjunction with the standard regular mouth plastisol or two-piece lids for hot fill. If you’re using a water bath, pair with our Hi-Heat, RC3 Lids or two-piece 70-450 (G70 or 70G) lids.
These half-pint canning jars have space for a nice label on the clear, smooth sides. Easy to fill with jams, jellies, sauces, and spreads and scrape out the last drop since there are no shoulders. Use these in conjunction with the standard plastisol or two-piece lids for hot fill. If you’re using a water bath, pair with our Hi-Heat, RC3 Lids or two-piece 70-450 (G70 or 70G) or regular mouth lids.
The 4 oz. sized jars are great for low-sugar jams and jellies, freezer jam and are the smallest canning jar sizes we carry. These are safe for home water bath canning.
The smooth sides of these small Mason jars make them easy to label and a great alternative to the traditional Ball quilted canning jars. The perfect size for jams, jellies, sauces. With a 70-450 finish, use these in conjunction with regular mouth standard plastisol, RC3 Lids or two-piece lids for hot fill.
This square Mason jar features gradation/volume markings debossed on the container helping them to stand out on the shelf. The markings are debossed on 2 opposite sides, leaving the other sides clear for labeling. With a 70-450 finish, use these in conjunction with regular mouth standard plastisol, RC3 Lids or two-piece lids for hot fill.
If we aren’t able to fulfill your order, it’s okay. However, please be careful when shopping with unfamiliar companies. There are some sites taking advantage of people in their frantic search for canning lids & jars. Some of these look legitimate at a glance, but if you look for some key things, you may be prompted to do a little more research.
Here are some warning signs:
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