So you are considering doing some canning work? Good for you. Many people enjoy canning because it allows them to have more control over their food. Instead of buying jam from the store that contains a ton of sugar and preservatives why not make it yourself and save yourself the hassle of wondering what’s in it.
You need a few different things before you begin, but for the purposes of this article let’s focus on one of the most crucial elements, the jars. In case you are confused why it’s called canning when you’re going to use jars, everything should be explained in whatever book you have guiding you through the process but I do think we can all agree that if it was called ‘jarring’ that just doesn’t sound grammatically correct. So here are the top 10 canning jars on the market all of which are designed specifically for the canning and preservation process.
Top 10 Best canning Jars review:
Ranked number 10 on our top ten list is this 8 oz. canning jar from the Empire company. Empire is dedicated to bringing you a strong, safe jar to use in your at home food preserving projects. While the title describes it as a jelly jar this jar can be used for other preserves such as jams, preserves, sauces, salsas and others. The jar is made with extra thick glass in the places where it matters most such as the shoulder, bar, and lip of the jar. The band inside the lids are reusable although the lids themselves are not. Since canning lids are designed to shrink and compress so as to preserve the food for as long as possible.
No matter, once you’ve eaten whatever was in the jar simply remove the band from the lid and set it aside, the Empire company does make it possible to order more lids without jars or bands so they are fairly inexpensive. All in all, this is a jar worthy of the number 10 spot.
· The Empire jars have a swirled design making them unique from other jars
· the jars and bands are reusable
· Lids are 100% BPA free
· because of their unique design these jars are slightly more prone to cracking then other mason jars.
· After one or two uses the bands can start to get stretched and they don’t fit as well
The Bormioli Rocco company was one of the oldest glassworks still open today. Founded in Italy in 1825, Bormioli is at the head of its class in the glass business and has dedicated itself to manufacturing only quality products for you to use in your home. Come in various shapes and sizes including, teardrop, rounded, squarish, oval, and fat bottom as well as others there is a Bormioli jar for every project you may have.
All jars are dishwasher safe and are heat tested to be sure that they can stand up to the heat that is part of the canning process. Like many other canning jars, the jar is reusable while the lids are not. This is due to the fact that the lids shrink and tighten during the canning process.
· Replacement lids are available for purchase
· Relatively inexpensive
· The jars themselves aren’t very big and are for smaller canning projects
The jars are considered to be perfect for those wishing to tackle a large scale canning project. These jars can be used with the canning process or they can simply be used as containers for your spice rack. If you are like me then there is nothing better than taking a look at your spice jar and having all of them be the same size and shape.
These jars in the 16oz size are perfect for jams, preserves, pickles, and sauces, with a smooth outer shell it is easier to attach labels or if you don’t like using them the lid is large enough for you to write on. Kerr jars do come in multiple sizes but many agree that the 16oz is perfect for most projects.
· Kerr jars are made specifically for the canning process and the heat it uses
· Neither the lids nor the bands are reusable
· you can’t mix and match lids with other size jars
Number 7 on our list is so placed because it pulls off the amazing accomplishment of combining form and function. This beautiful mason jar is designed to display your preserves in all their glory, the beautiful blue color is both decorative while still being see through enough for you to see if a certain item is running low. These jars can be used for canning or can be used for other storage purposes, the glass made by the HC company is strong and durable while not being heavy and the lid come with a convenient wire handle that makes it easy to carry around.
The wide mouth opening makes it easier to fit a spoon or spatula inside so that you can make sure to get every last bit of those wonderful strawberry preserves you spent so much time and effort to make. Because the jar is made from 100% grade glass your food won’t end up having any plastic like smells that can be so unappetizing.
· The hermetic seal protects against mice, bugs, dirt and cold
· This jar comes in a few different sizes to fit your needs
· Not intended for longer term canning
Produced by Paksh Novelty these jars will be a useful addition to your at home canning process. The jars themselves are made of high quality glass that protects your food from spoiling or going sour. These jars are 100% BPA free to protect your food from any harmful chemicals that can leak into the food when using plastic mason jars. The ids are designed to become airtight after the canning process has finished.
Jars can be refrigerated for up to three months or stored in a freezer for up to 1 year. The lids as well as the bottom of the jars are designed to fit together to making stacking simple and straightforward as the bottom ring of the jar fits neatly inside the outer ring of the lid.
· The lids for these jars come with a pressure seal so that if it pops up you know that it has gone bad or is past the point of expiration.
· Lids can be witched between different size jars
· Lids are one time use only if they are heated
Here is yet another jar that decided to focus just as much energy on design as it did on the usefulness of the product. Tulip jars are so named because they are narrow at the top while getting steadily rounder and larger towards the bottom. The beautiful jars are great to display on your shelves or in your pantry to give your home preserves a nice uniform look. Like other mason jars these can be used for a variety of purposes other than canning so they are multi-functional as well as pretty.
One difference between these Tulip jars and others is the lid. Most mason jars use a metal lid fitted with a band that shrinks when it comes in contact with heat, most of the time these lids are good for one use only. These jars however come with a glass lid attached to the body of the jar by a strong hinge. Fitted around the opening of the jar is the plastic band that will be used in the canning process. Once the band has been used you simply replace it with a new one.
· No need for replacing the lid
· The company makes jars in other shapes and sizes
· This particular shape only come in 7oz size
Ok folks you’ve stuck with me this far and we only have four more jars to go so hang in there. As we move further down the list the jars get a little more specific. The Jarden home brand jar is intended for fruit preserves, jams, or jellies, if you want to look up the difference between those three things go ahead, I’ll wait.
Back with me? Ok then, these jars are shorter and more narrow than your average mason jar but they do serve the same purpose. During the canning process when heat is applied to the jars the lids with shrink to lock out air and seal in freshness. The glass is made with the durability necessary to withstand the heat without breaking.
· These jars can be used to freeze food as well as preserve
· Lids can be easily replaced
· Perfect for giving away as gifts
· Only for small amount or multiple containers of the same jam
So now we’ve reached what is probably the most recognizable of the mason jar clan. Ball mason jars are the most commonly used and one of the best reviewed mason jars on the market. Available in a wide assortment of sizes but mainly all the same shape Ball jars are perfect for preserving jams, preserves, fruit, vegetables, sauces, salsa, pickles, and syrups and really anything else you can think of. The glass is durable without being too heavy and the lids are designed as a two-step process. A flat metal circle that sits on top of the jar’s mouth and then a metal ring that is screwed over it. Once the canning process is finished the lid become air tight with an intention to show if it’s still good. In addition to that the bottom of the lid is coated in a protective element so that the chemicals and acids from the food do not combine with any chemicals in the metal of the lid.
· One of the best mason jars on the market
· Designed specifically for canning
· Lids can only be used once if they are heated
Perfect to use as gifts. As the name suggests these are a mini mason jar so they are supposed to be small and do not come in larger sizes. You have your pick in the engraved design, either a rooster or a star. These jars are perfect for creating that coveted family salsa recipe and handing out to friends at a party or for a holiday.
· A unique design perfect for gifts
· Only comes in the miniature size
Ok we did it, we made it to the number one mason jar on the list. There is not too much new information I can give you at this point. The jar itself is made from reinforced, durable glass designed to stand up under high heat while the lids are a one-time use only metal designed to keep in freshness while locking out air. What puts this jar in the number one spot is that other consumers seem to prefer it over others in its class.
· Receives the best reviews
· Additional lids available for sale
· No history of breaking during the canning process
· This company seems to take greater care in shipping so that jars do arrive broken
· No real differences from other mason jars
So there you have the top ten mason jars currently on the market, you may think that you don’t see much of a difference between the brands and you may be right. I would like to add that I myself did not rate these jars nor were they rated by any specific company, the order in which they are presented is due to how other consumers have felt about them. Using reviews from multiple sights and then combining them is what led to this list. So if you really like the sound of number 9 please don’t think you are in danger of purchasing a subpar product.
Bonus: Best 2 mason Jars:
Wide Mouth Jars are the best thing to preserve the food. There are many Wide Mouth Jars are available on the market. But by choosing best cans will help us to save many items. Here are the extra 2 best Wide Mouth Jars in the market.
Pakkon Wide Mouth Glass Mason Jar:
Pakkon is the best manufacturer for mason jars. Their Wide mouth Mason Jars are very famous among the world. Top quality food storage container, that helps to store any Kitchen accessory like milk, tea leaves, sugar, coffee powder and many items.
Ball Mason Jars Wide-Mouth Can or Freeze:
This is also high rated product in the market. There are many people often buy this item to preserve jams, juices, milk, curd and many Kitchen items. These good canning jars come with 12 packs of jars with affordable price.