Well today she did a post about all the different ways she uses mason jars. I too am a lover of jars, and canning, and multi-use containers in general.
As a matter of fact, I posted a photo of a mason jar I use for candy just a couple of weeks ago…
I really do share PW’s love of the ol’ glass canning jars.
While I was in DC in July, we went to the National Museum of American History. I was surprised to see an entire case devoted to the history of the mason jar.
A few facts that I found interesting:
There is no “Mason” branded jar. Most glass canning jars are either Ball or Kerr brand.
Mason is the name of the inventor, John L. Mason, who is credited with the invention of the threaded zinc cap in 1858. (In other words, the lid that did away with the use of messy and dangerous hot wax that was previously the only form of sealing jars).
Mason jars are also known as fruit jars, canning jars, or ball jars.
The Ball company is not owned by the Ball family.
I love these jars because of their durability. I’ve had the same jars for several years.
And my girlfriend Colleen is the master canner! She cans everything from homemade and world-famous fig preserves to my husband’s favorite Hot Mama Mustard. She and I canned a lot together last year.
All this talk of mason jars is getting me in the mood for canning. Maybe I’ll get off my lazy tookus and can those peppers my husband has been wanting.