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ISO canning jars near Woodside

Joe MacBu Feb 20, 2007 07:20 PM

I hit 7 stores tonight looking for canning jars (mason jars, etc.). Six didn't know what the hell I was talking about (!) and one said it was a seasonal item that they carry only in the summer/fall.

I'm looking for both 4 and 8 ounce sizes. Any ideas around Woodside, Jackson Heights, or Sunnyside?

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    bembexia Feb 25, 2008 12:52 PM

    I know this is out of your area and a year later, but I'd thought I'd share my research in case you got desperate or others near my neighborhood (Kew Garden Hills) want to find mason jars in Queens. Don't bother with big box stores--they never carry them--plus you should support your neighbors.

    Here are three stores that definitely have mason jars:

    Forest Hills Hardware & Houseware Gifts
    64-40 108 St

    Big Apple Hardware & Houseware
    153-17 Union Turnpike

    Household Would (not sure if that's supposed to be "Word" or "World")
    98-96 Queens Blvd

    You can call them to find out sizes and prices. They all seemed pretty friendly and as of today, they definitely have mason jars. I did a Google map search for "housewares, queens, ny"; these were the first three results I called and they all had 'em. There were lots more.

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    1. re: bembexia
      Joe MacBu Feb 26, 2008 01:04 AM

      I appreciate these tips for the future.

      I must have amassed over 125 jars over the past year, most of them for spices. The wide mouth jars stack very well, so I find them to be ideal for storing almost anything. They create tons more room for storage in cabinets. They can also be vacuum sealed using a foodsaver attachment to keep things superfresh. Yes, my friends thought I was nuts, but they marveled at the efficiency.

      I've usually been grabbing a few as I need them at the Priced Rite on Roosevelt near 64th, but they don't always have many in stock. Gracious Home in Manhattan usually has a decent supply, but they're a tad pricier and far.

      1. re: Joe MacBu
        bembexia Feb 26, 2008 09:44 AM

        I do the same thing (except the vacuum seal trick). I must have moved about that many mason jars of herbs, powders, and spices cross country when I moved out West. Unfortunately, I had to leave them behind when I moved back (they're cheaper to buy than ship), so I'm rebuilding my supply. The wide-mouths do stack well. Lately, I've been making liqueurs and use mason jars for steeping fruits and herbs in alcohol. Good thing I don't can or pickle (much), or I'd have thousands of jars.

        Until recently, the only place I knew that sold mason jars was Saifee Hardware on 1st Ave in the East Village.

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      Mike V Feb 25, 2007 05:55 AM

      On Northern Blvd & 64/65 St, there's a large store that sells discounted kitchenware. I was there yesterday and noticed the Jars. A dozen for $7.99.

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        kellyc96 Feb 22, 2007 07:41 AM

        Kind of random but I saw some today in a discount store on Broadway between 29 and 30 th sts in Astoria. They had two sizes. There is also a store called "bargain stop" on 30th Ave around 33rd St that has them off and on.

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        1. re: kellyc96
          Joe MacBu Feb 24, 2007 06:17 PM

          Thanks for this tip! I picked up a few cases of the Ball wide mouth jars [Lanzee at 25-33 Broadway at 29th St 718.726.4933].

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          Scribbler Feb 22, 2007 07:17 AM

          I've always found that you can get almost everything at Raindew. There is one on Franny Lew in Auburndale - not sure if there are any others in Queens.

          1. Dave_G Feb 21, 2007 05:32 PM

            Not your location, but I just recently saw canning jars at the Chinese supermarket across Main Street from J&L Foodcourt in Flushing.

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            1. re: Dave_G
              Joe MacBu Feb 21, 2007 10:20 PM

              Awesome. I need a few more cases. And I need t try some of the stalls at the Golden Shopping mall.

            2. Joe MacBu Feb 21, 2007 03:56 PM

              Neither South Pole nor BBB had it. Who knew it was such a rarity in Queens?

              I managed to find a few at the "Priced Rite" store on Roosevelt Ave and 62nd St. Just called Michael's and they seem to have it also.

              Thanks for all the tips!

              1. johnk Feb 21, 2007 10:47 AM

                Is Zahner's Restaurant Supply still around?

                1. sandrina Feb 21, 2007 08:21 AM

                  How about Bed, Bath and Beyond? They have one in East Elmhurst and it's a nice walk from Jackson Heights.

                  1. welle Feb 21, 2007 05:39 AM

                    There is a weird odds and ends closeouts store in Sunnyside on Queens Blvd. 'South Pole' - I've seen mason jars there a year ago (sold by dozen in boxes). Have you checked Michaels on Northern blvd. in Woodside?

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