Did you know that we waste millions of tons of vegetables, fruits, and other consumable produce? By just investing a few bucks into a home canning set up you can cut you food bills drastically and be prepared should hard times hit. The Mormons Can and preserve to have pantries that can last a year or more.
You can do the same and all it takes is a couple of books like “Home Canning Meat, Poultry, Fish and Vegetables”, which show you everything you need to do. After that, you only need to have a selection of jars to hold the various produce that you either buy or grow yourself in you home garden. By doing this, your family is assured of healthy and tasty meals that are far more nutritious than anything you can get at those fast food chain restaurants.
Today we are pulling out all the stops and providing you with the best jars available to handle any of your canning preserving needs. When you are done, you will be able to select the exact combination of jars that fit your home pantry and canning projects.
10. Ball Jar Heritage Collection Pint Jars with Lids and Bands
Let’s face it what do you do with all those peppers, cukes, and tomatoes that come out of your garden. Why you can them of course and from Ball we have the classic shape and size that home canners have been using for generations.
You have the whole shebang. Jars, lids, and bands this means you have everything you need to make your own gardenia, Marinara sauces, and spicy/mild relishes. You can keep things in your fridge fro 3 weeks, put in your pantry for a year, and even freeze as well for the same length of time.
What better way to enjoy the bounty of your green thumb than with eating it for the holidays or add to you weekly fare, that will pep things right up.
9. Ball Jar Ball Heritage Collection Quart Jars with Lids and Bands
When a pint-sized jar just won’t do it for you? Then how about going up in jar size to one that holds a quart instead? Here you are really getting into those pickles that go great with a summer BBQ. It doesn’t matter if you like Kosher, Dill, Spicy, or Refrigerator Sweet Pickles. You can now make them up in the quantity that will let none of your harvest produce goes to waste.
Six 24-quart jars come with all that you need and color-coded purple so you can easily find what you are looking on the shelf when you are in a hurry to get your meal or buffet out on the table.
These are also great for doing homemade spaghetti sauces as well. However, BBQ sauces can be whipped up just as quick as well for luscious ribs, chicken, and pork that is out of this world.
8. Ball Jelly Elite Collection Jam Jar
Many people have a sweet tooth. However, they have troubles when it comes to making what they want. Not so, for the master canner Jellies, jams, and Chutneys are not a challenge but something that is done as a matter of course.
This set of Jam jars keeps yours coming out perfect and in just the right quantity that is perfect for a holiday gift, a picnic, and a luncheon with you bridge club.
The kids will love it too over that sugary store bought concoction that is no match for the real thing right out of the garden or orchard.
7. Ball 4-Ounce Quilted Crystal Jelly Jars with Lids and Bands
24-4 oz jars that are the perfect serving size most. If you want to make a go of it with home, canning and you have your Grandma’s secret recipe. Here is a way to whip up enough to send out as gifts to all your friends or as samples to customers at those specialty niche stores.
You have also the perfect way to make up specialty mustards and sauce mixes as well.
This size is versatile and its uses are only limited by your imagination.
6. Ball Wide Mouth Half Gallon 64 Oz Jars with Lids and Bands
This is the way to go if you are into canning a preserving in a big way. These half-gallon marvels are just what the doctor ordered. You can preserve whole veggies like tomatoes, corn, and beets that will last your with proper care a year or more.
What’s more, whole fruits like apricots, plums, and apples, fit well inside the wide mouthed jars. Then add your favorite syrup and there you have it. Canned fruits are the perfect cooling dessert for after school or use to make exciting smoothies any time of the year. The possibilities are endless and it all depends on what your garden has provided.
5. Ball Jar Ball Heritage Collection Pint Jars with Lids and Bands
Again, we drop down to the pint-sized jar that fits virtually any small garden’s output. This size is perfect for pepper rings or slices. This can add zest to a hotdog at a barbecue or on a side dish for a surf and turf evening. But, other veggies fit just as well. Baby carrots stay fresh and you can then add them to stews and soups.
Tasty veggie and spice mixes can give you the feel for almost any cuisine you want from Morocco to Indian, and back home to the Midwest.
You don’t have to even grow it yourself. Produce from the market lasts longer as well as what you pick off the vine, branch, and pluck from the earth.
4. Ball Mason 16-Ounce Canning Jars, Pint, Regular
12 pints of nature’s bounty can be stored in this set of jars from Ball. These particular jars are a perennial favorite for those who love tomatoes and want to make Pizza, Spaghetti, and pasta sauces of all kinds.
Vary the spice mix and add other ingredients such as chili peppers, and spice to give your Italian spaghetti a little zip from south of the border. Thai and Malaysian spices raise the bar and you can then make a rich curry that will be the talk of the town. It all will store on the shelf for a year or so make “Do Ahead Cooking” economical as well as provide variety to rice and noodle dishes as well.
3. Ball Jar Crystal Jelly Jars with Lids and Bands
Jams & jellies never had it so good. If you are a peanut butter aficionado then you might try your hand at cultivating the noble peanut that Mr. Carver found so many uses for. Organic peanut butter to go with a natural fruit jam will make you swear off the sugar filled faux food you see on your grocery shelves.
8 oz is the perfect size to put in a picnic basket and have an assortment of jams, jellies, and other condiments that will make and outdoor buffet a success.
So, from jams, peppers, to peanut butter, this is the size you want when you want to impress and tease the taste buds of those around you.
2. Ball Jar Wide Mouth Pint and Half Jars with Lids and Bands
24 oz is a great size for small picked veggies like garlic, spring onions, and even radishes.
Slice and mix your garden’s harvest of leeks, with daikon, carrot, green Jalapeno, and red chili peppers you have a Texmex/Asian gardenia mix that is fit for a king.
But, remember you can also grow herbs as well vegetables. You can take Basil and create your own Pesto that you can put on fish, pasta, and on any other poultry or meat, you’d care to name. When you think, about 24 oz is also great for fruits as well. Sliced pears, peaches, and apples are some of the favorites many of remember growing up with at Grandma’s table. So, why not introduce your children to what they’re missing and start canning a preserving at your house this fall.
1. Ball Mason Jars Wide-Mouth Can or Freeze
Now we’ve saved the best for last and again with Ball, you have the perfect pint-sized containers for all you favorite garden produce that you have planted by hand and harvested the same way.
Amazon has put these jars on their Bestseller list, as that’s exactly what over 3,000 canners and preservers were looking for when it came time to save the best of the best in their backyard gardens and even small orchards.
Almost any kind of produce will fit in these wide-mouthed containers. Some hunters even preserve fish and venison as well. This is a novel take on the traditional canning methods. However, it is no less as effective. They are also perfect to save jerked meats as well. Combine the cooking of the Caribbean with that of Laos and you get spice tastes you’ve never dreamed of.
You can even preserve other items like roots, stems, and leaves of the many exotic cooking ingredients that are now being raised in the southwest and southern states brought over from abroad with this latest influx of immigrants from the Middle East and South Asia.
Western canning is adaptable to many types of produce that were unheard of only 20 years ago and a now are available at your local grocery fresh produce aisle.
Canning and preserving can put a big dent in your home food bill. By setting up a small garden and canning the harvest, you can have vegetable, herb and fruit treats for a whole year or more. But, you also just freeze, or put them in the reefer section and have pickles, fruits, and other items well long after they have gone out of season.
So, when it’s all said and done you now can become more self-reliant and wean your family off the high sugar and empty calorie diets that are found on the shelves in most grocery stores today.
This is a way to help your family avoid obesity, Type II Diabetes as well and many of the myriad of health issues that are being traced to the modern American diet.
Canning and preserving are your way to reclaiming your family’s health and do to in a way that is full of taste, vitamins, and full of nutrition as well.