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Where to find mason jars & lids? Columbia/Morningside/Harlem preferred

OakTownHound Aug 19, 2011 07:19 PM

Just moved to the city and am in desperate need of Mason jars and lids. Why are these always so hard to find?

Somewhere near Morningside Heights/Columbia/Harlem would be preferable, but I'll travel if need be.

  1. sadie Aug 20, 2011 09:31 AM

    You can often find these at hardware stores. Failing that, Fishs Eddy carries them, too! And flea markets tend to be a great source.

    Fishs Eddy
    889 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

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      yebo Aug 20, 2011 03:09 PM

      IMO, canning and putting up are not such popular activities as they used to be.
      A well-stocked hardware store in Harlem might have preserving supplies.
      Or, you could venture down to Zabar's (80th and Bway) 2d floor.

      2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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      1. re: yebo
        LNG212 Aug 21, 2011 07:19 AM

        Funny, in my experience the last few years have brought a little "boomlet" of canning for city people. Zabar's is definitely the best choice. And it's cheaper than both Fishs Eddy as well as Bowery Kitchen. (Actually with the shipping surcharge that Ball is now charging, the Zabar's price is actually worth it.)

        2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

        Bowery Kitchen Supply
        75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        Fishs Eddy
        889 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

        1. re: LNG212
          OakTownHound Aug 21, 2011 08:24 AM

          Thanks, all, for the advice. I've been meaning to make a trip down to Zabar's anyway.

          1. re: OakTownHound
            LNG212 Aug 21, 2011 11:58 AM

            Just reread your OP and realized I should point out that though I've purchased ball & kerr jars (both in cases and individually), I've never seen the boxes of just lids and/or bands there. In case that is what you are looking for, I've only seen the jars with lids & bands sold complete. I've looked around the UWS for the boxes of lids but have never seen them and so I've been ordering those online. Hope I didn't cause any confusion for you.

      2. MMRuth Aug 21, 2011 03:20 PM

        Gracious Home also has them. I usually buy mine at Feldman's around the corner from me on the UES though.

        S. Feldman Housewares
        1304 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128

        Gracious Home
        1217 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021

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        1. re: MMRuth
          LNG212 Aug 21, 2011 04:22 PM

          Thanks for that info. Do you happen to know how the Gracious Home prices compare to Zabar's? Esp. since there's a Gracious Home on the UWS too.

          Gracious Home
          1992 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

          1. re: LNG212
            MMRuth Aug 21, 2011 04:44 PM

            I suspect GH would be more expensive than Zabar's but I've never bought these at Zabar's. BTW - I love their newish line of jars - w/o the kitchy fruit etc. on them:


          2. re: MMRuth
            JungMann Aug 22, 2011 05:10 AM

            Do you recall how much they are at S. Feldman? I usually go to Zabar's since they're well-priced (I think around $2 for a quart) and I used to be able to combine that errand with an H&H run, but now that the latter is gone, S. Feldman might just be the easier trip for me.

            1. re: JungMann
              MMRuth Aug 27, 2011 02:44 PM

              Will check it out next time I'm there. They have also ordered jars that they usually don't carry for me.

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            bob96 Aug 21, 2011 05:47 PM

            If you're up on Arthur Ave in the Bronx, the housewares shops have all these for the Italians who return to buy supplies to can their tomatoes and other garden veg. You can even buy large tin tubs and tomato mills for your pomodori pelati.

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              sugartoof Aug 22, 2011 11:44 AM

              Sur la table carries them.
              Some of the Jack's stores have them.
              Fishs Eddy has the most variety in sizes.

              Sur La Table
              1320 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021

              Fishs Eddy
              889 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

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                pbjluver Aug 27, 2011 05:41 PM

                why schlep them...order on Amazon or Overstock

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