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Feb 29, 2008 06:00 PM

SEA: Canning/Jarring Supplies?

I'm looking for any suppliers of canning and jarring supplies in the Seattle area. I know where to get jars (Fred Meyer is good for that) but the tongs, the racks, the stuff like that.

I don't see it on either the Seattle Restaurant Supply Store or the Bargreen website, so I'm guessing they're out.

I'm looking for things at the lower prices, as opposed to, say, Sur la Table =)

Any suggestions?

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  1. I've had good luck finding canning supplies at McLendon Hardware. I usually go to the Renton store (which is in an old K-Mart building, so it's one of their largest), but they have several other locations around the area.

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    1. re: MsMaryMc

      McLendon? Really? I can honestly say that a hardware store was not high on the list of places to check =)

      1. re: jaydeflix

        To me, McLendon's still has a little of the feel of an old-time neighborhood hardware/general store. They're the best compromise I've found locally between one of those, and a big box home center (which might have a better selection of some items, but good luck finding it--and the staff, if they can be found, are no help. I find McLendons' staff very helpful, and better yet, I CAN find them!) Unlike Lowe's or Home Depot, McLendon's has a decent selection of basic housewares and kitchen gadgets. I know they had a very good variety of different jar sizes last season, and I seem to recall other canning supplies--I think that's where I bought a magnetic gizmo for lifting the lids out of hot water.

        Not all of their stores are the same size--White Center, for instance, is smaller. Try one of the bigger ones, like Renton, for the best chance of finding what you want.

    2. I've asked at restaurant supply stores, too, and it was pointed out to me that a restaurant kitchen has little use for canning supplies. So, after looking around quite a bit, I ended up getting a jar llfter, rack, at Sur La Table. You can find them online cheaper with just a google search, but they weren't much cheaper when you added shipping. Fred Meyer claimed they carried that stuff in canning season, but they didn't end up getting much in until August. They never had jars when I looked, either--they were always out.

      Like McLendon's, True Value always has a good selection of lids and jars.

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      1. re: christy319

        A restaurant kitchen, yes, but not a commercial kitchen that sells goods. I mean, if I owned a jam making enterprise, a restaurant supply store would have been one of the places I'd consider looking. Well, obviously, since there where I went looking =)

      2. Yep, oddly enough, hardware stores are often the best place to find canning supplies. I go to Maple Leaf Ace Hardware at 90th and Roosevelt, which usually has a decent selection of jars, racks, canning pots, labels and other miscellania.

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        1. re: SeaGal

          I found a good line of canning stuff (sterilizer, tongs...) at Greenwood Hardware. I think it's a True Value, so try one of those...

          1. re: mrnelso

            Wal-mart usually has all that stuff.

            1. re: SusieS

              I'd rather spend triple at Sur La Table. =)

              But all the hardware stores are going to be my stops.

              1. re: jaydeflix

                Hi, i was given a copy of your questions and as a buyer for McLendon Hardware I wanted to say thank you and assure you that we have all your canning needs. We have 84 canning related items and if you have not been into our housewares department you should! It is amazing and will be even more amazing as we add additonal skus in the months to come (for 2011).

        2. Most hardware stores have something, if not everything. Lowe's has a nice stand-alone Ball display at the moment, with a variety of jars, canning kits, etc. Metropolitan Market has some unsurprisingly cute and expensive stuff at the moment.

          Be aware that not all water-boiling canners can be used on the glass-ceramic stovetops so popular in the PNW.

          Metropolitan Market
          1908 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA

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          1. re: eight_inch_pestle

            I bought my cannng pot/rack/etc at the hardware store on QA and used it successfully on my ceramic stove (necessary because my house doesn't have gas). the only factor is flat bottomed, not ridged.

            1. re: cocktailhour

              Yeah, the people at 5 Corners hardware rock. Unfortunately they didn't have a canner when I was there.

              It's the most widely available Ball canning pot that's most frequent problem: it's raised, not ridged.