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PetraR's picture
PetraR

Ball widemouth Canning Jars

I am in need of 2 1QT Ball widemouth Canning Jars but can not find any here in the UK.

I had a look at the once sold at Amazon.uk but the price is unbelievable.

Does anyone know of a place in UK where I can get Ball canning Jars are the sold in USA only?

Any large widmouth Canning Jar 1QT would do, but I do not seem to find any.

HELP.

Amazon UK asks more money for the shipping than the Jars itself.

clazar123's picture
clazar123

I googled a few UK sites and was amazed at how expensive they are! I often find them at my local thrift stores, so you might try a few of those. Good Luck!

PetraR's picture
PetraR

We sadly do not have Ball Jars:(

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clazar123

Did you need the Ball brand for any particular reason? I found some supply sites. I'm told it is best to search under "bottling" supplies. Good Luck!

http://www.preserveshop.co.uk/glass-jam-jars/mason-jars

http://www.cookability.biz/home-discovery-preserving-jars/b_697.htm

http://www.waresofknutsford.co.uk/glass-jars/

 

PetraR's picture
PetraR

I do need the Ball Jars because they have the wide mouth and the lid and ring that I want.

The Kilner Jars for example, they only have the regular mouth, since I have a more Stiff Sourdough starter I could not get it out with ease.

The 1QT Ball Jars widemouth are just what I need.

 

Amazon UK do sell them way to expensive and thoug it says 1QT, they are not.

I would not mind buying them in an online US Store if it was shipping to the UK. 

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Melesine

Is there a reason that you have to have Ball jars? What about Weck? They are made in Germany. 

PetraR's picture
PetraR

Since I am in the UK, I would have to order those, but I shall look in to it:)

 

Slainte's picture
Slainte

I use Weck jars -- they come in a huge variety of sizes and shapes, including wide-mouthed. 

PetraR's picture
PetraR

I just checked out the Companies Website www.Weck.de  and they do not ship in to foreign Countries, also , the Jars I liked where only up to 750ml, I would need 1QT

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Slainte

Double post. Oops. Don't know how to delete. :)

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clazar123

I have, on occasion, found food in jars and cans of the size I need in the food store with things such as pickles and jam already in them. I once bought 12 cans of sliced water chestnuts because I needed a can just that size to bake some specialty items in. I just opened the cans and popped all the chestnuts into the freezer. The breads turned out wonderful and I still have the cans. Jars may be a little more difficult but I have seen them.

 Considering how expensive just the jars are in the UK, perhaps a trip to a grocery store would be helpful?

 

PetraR's picture
PetraR

Thank you clazar123:)

I have looked in our Stores and see if I can find something though I really would love to have a couple of the 1QT Ball Jars.

Well, I shall look around some more.

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dabrownman

The thrift stores or buying pickles or Mayo at the store.  Plastic is better than glasss for me by a wide margin.  I use straight sided, store bought, plastic, repourposed cake frosting containers for my starter but i only keep a stiff 125 g of it at most in the fridge - and that lasts 6 weeks at one loaf or two a week.  After breaking 2 mason jars with starter in them - no more glass for me.

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David Esq.

I would not store acidic starter in plastic, especially not a re-purposed frosting can since you don't know whether they are lining that can with BPA or with something else that may not be intended for long term storage/re-use.

 

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dabrownman

It is food grade plastic and I'm old enough to know that if it had BPA in it (none in this case) there isn't enough to worry about.  I'm not going to live forever anyway.  I have a much greater chance of dying from being struck by lightening underwater, while a shark is eating me, as a ocean liner, driven by a Martian, runs me over.  Even pickles come in plastic jars now.  Some folks want to proof their bread in food grade plastic bags - I have no problem using a trash can liner. 

Some folks worry about the strangest, minuscule things - I'm not one of them.  Many of these same folks don't worry about important ones ...like saving and investing for retirement:-)  The one thing I learned in Nam is ...not to sweat or worry about the small stuff in life - makes everyday living so much more pleasurable but, if you are going to be dead real quick - it is best to know what the heck you are doing and who the heck you are doing it with - you live longer that way.

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David Esq.

Some of us are more likely to be hit by lightning while being eaten by a shark than others.

PetraR's picture
PetraR

I am not keen on plastic as you can easely scratch the plastics inside and that can promote mould.

I never had problems with Glass jars for my starters.

 

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David Esq.

Nobody has a problem in the sense of there being a reaction with the glass. The problem comes when you grab the milk and knock your jar off the shelf and onto the floor.  I've had mason jars survive the fall, but I also had one smashed to bits. And if you have pets or children in the house, that can add to the fun.

I switched to the 1/2 pint wide mouth mason jar for my starter because it takes up much less space, and because it is so short, it is harder to knock over.

 

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baybakin

I'm unfamilar with how common ikea stores are in the UK, but I imagine that if you do have one, their stock is similar.

i actually use the 1 quart swing-top jars from ikea for my starters, they are wide-mouth and wonderful (cheap too!)

PetraR's picture
PetraR

Oh, I have to check it out.

The nearest one to me is the one in Southampton.

Here on the Isle of Wight we do not have any.

 

PetraR's picture
PetraR

YES, that is great Mini Oven.

I shall go there next week.

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baybakin

's the ones!  I couldn't find it on the website here at work.  The smallest one is what I use.

PetraR's picture
PetraR

I will have a blast at IKEA, I think I am hooked on Jars. oh oh