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Local source for large, widemouthed jars or crocks?

carswell Jan 8, 2010 08:06 AM

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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    isa1 RE: carswell Jan 8, 2010 01:01 PM

    Got some at Aubut last summer

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      carswell RE: isa1 Jan 8, 2010 02:53 PM

      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.

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        isa1 RE: carswell Jan 8, 2010 05:03 PM

        I just checked Aubut`s catalog online (http://www.aubut.ca/pdf/catalogue.pdf) and the biggest jars they currently have are 1 litre. I had bought jars of 1.5l.

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      berbatov RE: carswell Jan 8, 2010 11:41 PM

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

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        captainzap RE: berbatov Jan 10, 2010 07:03 AM

        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!

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        JadeMyst RE: carswell Jan 10, 2010 05:08 PM

        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. carswell RE: carswell Jan 10, 2010 05:56 PM

          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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            JadeMyst RE: carswell Jan 13, 2010 06:50 PM

            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.

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            bakersdelight RE: carswell Jan 14, 2010 01:24 AM

            I found some at the kitchen store on Mount Royal, south side, not far from Tony Pappas. I forget what it's called! But they're super nice, reasonable, and have tons of stuff. Nothing fancy, but they have the type of glass containers you're looking for.

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