|Part of my canning jar score at the market this past weekend.|
So what do you do when you the plans are shot to hell in a hand basket? Make new ones.
We decided to visit Bargersville Flea Market as shoppers. Something we rarely get to do. There are a few things that are on our "need to buy at some point" list. New or used doesn't matter to us for 99.9% of the things we buy with the exception of gas cans. Never buy a used gas can because you really do not know what the person before you has used it for.
The things on our list right now are:
- Canning jars (ALWAYS on the list because you can never have too many)
- A hatchet
- Riding lawnmower (I know, I'm caving on this one)
- A 24' ladder
- Iron cookware (ALWAYS on the list)
Anyway, I'm getting off track here...
|Old food jars can be used for waterbath canning ONLY.|
- Check the rims of the jars for any chips, they won't seal properly if they are chipped.
- Check to see if they are actual canning jars or if they are old food jars like mayo jars. Years ago people used to reuse their old mayo, spaghetti sauce, jelly jars for canning. These are still OK for waterbath canning but NOT a good idea for pressure canning.
- Know how much new canning jars cost so you don't end up paying too much. New jars where I live cost anywhere from 75 cents each for 1/2 pints to around $1.00 each for wide mouth quarts. Collectible jars are always priced higher so I don't usually buy them because I'm not a collector, I actually use the jars for canning. My price rule is no more than 25 cents for a 1/2 pint and 50 cents per jar for pints or quarts.
|An old Presto brand pint jar that was in the lot!|
We got home and I started taking a closer look at the jars. There are a total of 40 jars. 21 that could technically be used in the pressure canner and 19 that are old food jars that can be used for pickles, jelly, kraut or anything else that I can this year that doesn't require the use of the pressure canner. I started to notice that a lot of the jars are quite old. One in particular caught my attention.
Drey was a new name that I had never seen before & the shoulders of the jar were the old style so I decided to Google this jar to find out what the story is on it. Ball bought the Drey jar company in 1925 and continued to make these jars for a few years afterward. According to what I read, this particular jar was made before the sale of the company. The way to tell is the alignment of the words "Perfect Mason" underneath the name Drey. Since it is off center, it's a jar that was made by Drey. It isn't worth much but I doubt I'll be trusting a darn near 100 year old glass jar in my pressure canner!
|The REALLY old Drey jar from the lot.|
I'm just happy to have my "new to me" 40 jars, even though I know it's just the tip of the iceberg to what we will need to get this year. The beans have bloomed so they will be ready to start picking the end of this week. The cucumbers are growing like weeds and have started blooming along with the mounds of tomatoes that we will be getting off of the renegade plants in addition to the new ones that I put in this year. It's getting so close to pay time that I can't help but be excited.
It's a great feeling being able to reap the benefits of all that hard work. This year's garden is fantastic. This year will be filled with fresh, local food but as always, I'm planning for next year to be even better.
So... if you have any canning jars laying around that you aren't going to use... well... I can take those off your hands for you. :)
We have a lot of projects on the plate for this week. Now that Sweets is home for good he can get to some of the larger, manly things around here that I've been putting on the back burner for the last year.
I'll "see" you in a day or two.