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Dec 11, 2009 01:56 PM

Mason Jars

Can anyone direct me to a source, preferably in the SFV, to acquire some canning jars?

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  1. I usually get them at Smart & Final or a larger hardware type store. I thing I have even seen them at Target.

    1. agree with Burger Boy - i've seen them in both places. also at Vons and Ralph's...and my local Cost Plus here in SD had a pretty large stash of them the other day, so you might try there too.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        OSH always seems to have them at the best prices (at least in my experience).

      2. So Bob, what gifts are you making for us old time 'Hounds?

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          1. re: Burger Boy

            Thanks for the tip, BB. I went to Smart & Final and got exactly what I needed. I've just finished putting up a batch of hot pepper jelly. It's my first time canning so if my posts stop abruptly you can figure it's botulism ;-) .

            1. re: Bob Brooks

              Go with the Gods to Foodie Heaven Bob! J/K They have a canning class a couple of times a year in Echo Park somewhere, I read about it in the LA Times. Check this out , it is a map to fallen fruit and trees hanging onto public property you can pick. Enjoy!

              1. re: Burger Boy

                I I actually checked out the fallen fruit site ( after hearing a story about it on NPR. They had a map of a spot in Sherman Oaks that I printed up and drove to. Nothing! All of the homes listed had high walls and not a hint of an invitation for interlopers to come on their property to take their fruit. Very disappointing.

                1. re: Bob Brooks

                  I found that their Silver Lake/Echo Park map was much more bountiful. There's a fig tree and a lemon tree that were particularly loaded down with fruit the last time I swung through the area.

                  Don't worry too much about botulism. You're working with high sugar content preserves and the risks of getting botulism are about one in a gazillion with that. Same with high acid preserves like pickles. It's the less acidic, less sugary preserves that really pose threats and require immaculate procedure. That said, I've put up hundreds and hundreds of jars in the past few years and never once have I encountered spoilage.

              2. re: Bob Brooks

                I've yet to find something that hot pepper jelly doesn't improve. For example, at Thanksgiving I stirred a small spoonful into my cranberry/orange/pecan relish, and everyone noticed the subtle, haunting flavor of chilis in the background. (Exact quote: "Hey, what the hell is this??") For those of us who don't can our own, I recommend the hot jalapeƱo jelly from Los Rios Rancho, one of the apple places in Oak Glen. There's a bit on my keyboard even as I type. ;-)

            2. The trick is to buy them in the Fall. Many grocery stores, hardware stores and even Target have them but they only order once a year. When those are sold you have to wait for the following year.

              Sur la Table stocks some canning things through the year but they're not the less expensive Mason jars as you might expect.

              1. I just (12/13) came from Franklin Hardware in Woodland Hills (Topanga & Ventura). They still have a wide selection of sizes including the attractive quilted jam jars and also components like the rubber rings for glass-topped jars, plastic screw-on tops in regular and wide mouth sizes for once the jars are opened and canning supplies.

                They're nice people and have a really well stocked store.

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                1. re: rainey

                  Did you happen to see jars *with handles* there? I have been looking for 20-24 ounce jars with handles for years trying every source we can think of. We use them for drinking glasses and sadly all of ours are wearing with age. My wife found our current set a long time ago at a 99 cent store. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

                  1. re: SIMIHOUND

                    I didn't see those tho I wouldn't expect to see them with actual canning supplies. You could call Franklin and see what they say. Franklin Hardware, Ventura Blvd. Woodland Hills. Don't know if they have a website.