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Resource for canning jars - east bay?

WCchopper Sep 14, 2007 11:55 AM

Anyone care to recommend a good place to get a wide variety of glass canning jars? I have the usual from the hardware store, but would like to find some more gift-worthy jars.

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  1. WCchopper RE: WCchopper Sep 14, 2007 11:56 AM

    Sorry, forgot to mention that I'm also looking for bottles for vinegar, oils, liqueurs, etc. Again, gift- worthy.

    1. Robert Lauriston RE: WCchopper Sep 14, 2007 11:56 AM

      Sur la Table has some fancy ones.

      1. pane RE: WCchopper Sep 14, 2007 01:28 PM

        I know you specificed East Bay for your query, but I thought it might be of interest to others to note that Rainbow (in San Francisco) has an array of different jars and bottles for sale. They are probably not as fancy as the Sur la Table variety, but they have a nice old-fashioned look.

        Over the summer I've been making jam once a week with fruit from Alemany; I buy all of my canning supplies at Rainbow.

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          drinkport RE: pane Jul 8, 2010 02:08 PM

          What is your source for jam recipes/technique? Thanks,,,a bit of a newbie with jamming...

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            JasmineG RE: drinkport Jul 8, 2010 08:35 PM

            The Ball Blue Book is a great place to start -- I got some jars at the big Longs on Pleasant Valley the other night and they had a bunch of copies. Go straight to the back of the store, towards your left as you're walking back.

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              Caitlin McGrath RE: drinkport Aug 6, 2010 12:09 PM

              I recommend scanning the Home Cooking board here on Chowhound, drinkport. There are quite a few discussions there, and some extremely experienced and knowledgeable posters there with great advice and recommendations. And I agree with JasmineG that the Ball Blue Book is a great basic resource for accurate canning info.

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            Joel RE: WCchopper Sep 14, 2007 01:56 PM

            Cal Glass has a wide variety of containers. They are near the Oakland airport. However, I think they have a $200 minimum.
            http://www.calglass-pcc.com/index.htm

            California Glass
            A Saxco Company
            155 98th Avenue
            Oakland, CA 94603-1003
            Tel: (510) 635-7700
            Fax: (510) 635-4288

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              Ericruo RE: Joel Jul 8, 2010 07:42 PM

              Their website says the minimum order if $500 for domestic, $1,000 for international orders. Too bad...

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              bgbc RE: WCchopper Jul 8, 2010 08:34 PM

              Crate and Barrel outlet on Fourth St. in Berkeley has these bottles -- same brand as some of the fancier jars sold at Rainbow.

              http://www.crateandbarrel.com/family....

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                ML8000 RE: WCchopper Jul 9, 2010 12:50 AM

                Pastime Hardware in El Cerrito sells canning stuff.

                Longs on 51st however might be a better choice since you can get a Top Dog at the same time.

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                  heyjami RE: WCchopper Aug 5, 2010 10:04 PM

                  Ace Hardware, Orchard Supply Hardware for canning jars.
                  Walmart has good prices if they have them in stock.
                  Fancy jars - Cost Plus or Ross/Marshall's.

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                  Ace Hardware
                  1221 Grand Ave, Piedmont, CA 94610

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                    myriamg RE: WCchopper Aug 6, 2010 10:28 AM

                    The CVS at 51st in Oakland has a large selection of canning jars.

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                      JasmineG RE: myriamg Aug 6, 2010 10:31 AM

                      They do, and they have a really good variety. The prices at the Ace Hardware on Grand (about 3 minutes from CVS) are better, but they have less variety.

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                      Ace Hardware
                      1221 Grand Ave, Piedmont, CA 94610

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