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Jan 8, 2010 08:06 AM

Local source for large, widemouthed jars or crocks?

We're having trouble finding affordable glass or earthenware containers suitable for storing, say, four or more large confit duck legs or big batches of kimchi, sauerkraut and pickles. Any ideas as to where we might look in the central Montreal area? One-litre widemouthed mason jars are too small for even two duck legs unless you knock off the bottom half of the leg bone, which we don't want to do, so I'd guess we'd want sizes from 1.5 litres on up. Thanks!

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    1. Got some at Aubut last summer

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      1. re: isa1

        Thanks for the lead. Did you get jars or crocks? Am just in from a trip to the Atwater Market to pick up the duck legs. Passed by Washaw Maison and then walked over Aubut but both were closed (at 6 p.m. on a Friday?!). Will try to swing by before D (as in duck) day, this Sunday.

        1. re: carswell

          I just checked Aubut`s catalog online ( and the biggest jars they currently have are 1 litre. I had bought jars of 1.5l.

      2. The only place I could think of is Monas, but I'm sure you've already tried...

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        1. re: berbatov

          I have looked and looked for ceramic 'pickle' crocks and have had absolutely zero luck. I found a couple of old ceramic cookie jars at the St. Michel flea market but nothing a whole lot better. If you do find a place please please post your source. Shipping those damned this is expensive!

        2. I used to save those glass jars from the gallon bottles of Mrs. Whites Pickles. You can get that size of pickles & marachino cherries at wholesale cash & Carry like Aubut & Mayrands, then reuse the jars.

          1. We didn't find earthenware crocks anywhere.

            Aubut was a strikeout. Monas had large (5-gallon?), heavy pyrex crocks with pyrex lids. The Rona store on Côte-des-Neiges (and probably its sister store on Parc at Bernard) had widemouthed mason-type jars in various sizes (1, 2, 3 and 4 litres), the kind with glass lids, removable rubber rings and wire hinges and clamps. The 3-litre jar had a squarish footprint; the others' footprints were circular.

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            1. re: carswell

              Carswell--- I'm wondering if any of the Chinatown shops might have giant or large ceramic ginger jars that might suit your purposes. I'm not heading down there till saturday, so I can't check right away for you.

              I remember my sister-in-law used to have large ceramic jars to use to make ginseng soup by using the large canister-style soup maker in a large pot as a double-boiler. They might also be acceptable for the usage you're wanting.