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gallon size glass jars in LA

mr mouther May 1, 2007 03:40 PM

i brew kombucha and i need another gallon size glass jar. (got two)
i can't find a single place in LA.
I've tried target, nature mart, home depot, crate and barrel, lowe's, osh etc etc and really can't find one.
the closest i've come is a jar that is for cookies
anyone have any other recommendations?

(fer context's sake: i make my kombucha with rooibos and oolong. YUM!)

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  1. DanaB RE: mr mouther May 1, 2007 03:43 PM

    I seem to recall that people have recommended Smart and Final for jars for canning.

    Another place to try would be Surfas: https://www.surfasonline.com/index.cfm

    1. monku RE: mr mouther May 1, 2007 03:50 PM

      I got a feeling you aren't going to find empty 1 gallon jars for sale. You want them badly enough you're going to have to go somewhere like Costco that sells stuff in those 1 gallon glass jars and use the contents in them or find a restaurant that uses that same product and ask them to save them for you. Think most packers have gone the way of plastic because its lighter to ship.

      Otherwise you can check out this place I Googled and looks like they'll sell you 1 case (4) at a reasonable price.

      Los Angeles
      25392 Commercentre Drive
      Lake Forest, CA 92630

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        mr mouther RE: monku May 11, 2007 05:13 PM

        The ones at surfas didn't work for me, but this ULINE was a great tip - thank you!!!
        4 jars for $20, and that includes shipping to my door.
        and now i've got extras for all my growing cultures and to give some away!

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          monku RE: mr mouther May 11, 2007 10:57 PM

          Thank Google !!!

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        LisaStitch RE: mr mouther May 1, 2007 04:00 PM

        The Container Store. Here's a link to 2 styles I found from a quick "glass jar" search -

        They have locations in Pasadena and Century City.

        1. Pei RE: mr mouther May 1, 2007 04:13 PM

          Yay! Another kombucha brewer.

          I use old kimchi jars. What, something like $10 for a gallon of kimchi? Even if you don't eat kimchi, the bigger jars are a steal!

          I like making small batches of a few different flavors, so I use two of the smaller kimchi jars.

          I once saw a HUGE (maybe even 1.5 gallons) jar of pickles at Costco for $5 and thought it would be perfect to even throw out the pickles just to have a $6 glass jar.

          And I wholeheartedly agree with you: oolong makes the best kombucha. I'm going to have to blend in some rooibos next time!

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            SCgolf RE: mr mouther May 1, 2007 04:26 PM

            couple of options....
            almost any restaurant supply house should have, or can direct you, in the right direction. The item you're actually looking for is called a jug by those in the industry. (Glass, with metal lid, I imagine). Surfas Restaurant Supply on Washington Blvd. in Culver City is the most knowledgable.

            Anchor Hocking, Ball-Kerr and there's an Europeon manufacturer that's fairly well known that escapes me at the moment; their websites should be of some help in finding a product # and you can order through local channels. AH the most likely available. BK is moving out of market.

            I know, the famous Original Philippe's sells their pickled eggs in gallon jugs. Might want to call them and ask where they get their jugs from. The might even give ya one. The last time I was in Restaurant Depot looking for a similiar product, they had 1/2 and 2 gallon jugs but, not 1 gallon with metal lids....

            good luck

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              glutton RE: SCgolf May 1, 2007 07:15 PM

              I bought some one-gallon jars at Surfa's on Sunday. They were six bucks each. The screw top lids are sturdy, but not the type you would use for a pressurized canning process. But they're good enough for storing flour, coconut, sugar, beans, etc., which is why I bought them.

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              myoo RE: mr mouther May 1, 2007 04:32 PM

              i did find open-mouth gallon jars at target. not the cookie jars, sealed open-mouth jars. you know what, there are those gallon kimchi jars. they sell them at all korean markets but you would have to buy the kimchi too. you could try getting creative and try to find out who supplies their jars.

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                thericequeen RE: myoo May 1, 2007 05:15 PM

                Have you checked Cost Plus? They sell clear glass jars with hinged lids in a wide variety of sizes. I use them as canisters. I haven't purchased one lately but I bought a gallon-size there a couple of years ago and it looked like they were still stocking them when I was in at Christmas.

              2. Mattapoisett in LA RE: mr mouther May 1, 2007 07:03 PM

                Try the swap meets. We bought our horchatta jug [glass with glass top] at the swap meet in Pomona at the the Drive-in.

                Also, I see honey vendors at the Farmer's Markets, like today in Culver City, who sell their honey in gallon glass jars with metal tops

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                  LisaN RE: mr mouther May 11, 2007 08:00 PM

                  What about Cost Plus? I think I've seen some there, I think they had spouts for like lemonade and stuff.

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                    darrenk RE: mr mouther May 11, 2007 08:40 PM

                    If you're looking for a location in the valley try:

                    Star Restaurant Equipment & Supply Co
                    6178 Sepulveda Blvd., Van Nuys CA 91411

                    Phone: 818-782-4460, Fax:818-782-8179

                    Monday - Friday 8:30 to 5:30 & Saturday 10-4


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                      jen1976 RE: darrenk May 12, 2007 08:38 PM

                      i bought them for my homemade kombucha :)

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                      paprkutr RE: mr mouther May 12, 2007 08:52 PM

                      Koontz Hardware on Santa Monica in West Hollywood sells individual jars.

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                        thenodnarb RE: mr mouther Oct 24, 2007 04:10 PM

                        general bottle supply

                        They are out at the moment (october 2007) which is why I am trying to find another source. TERRIBLE Customer service too. I hate them, but am forced to buy from them for lack of better source.

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                          mr mouther RE: thenodnarb Oct 25, 2007 09:18 AM

                          I have been ordering from ULINE mentioned above for the last several months and they are fantastic. They literally arrive THE NEXT DAY after you order them. and I think $5 per jar, including shipping, is a damn good price.

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                          Diana RE: mr mouther Oct 25, 2007 09:32 AM

                          Vallarta. They have the jars for making the auguas frescas

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