When I open up a new flat of canning jars, the first thing I do is check each of the jars, lids, and rings to see if they are in good condition. Sometimes a bad jar slips through the quality control process at the factory. If you’re using heat on a jar, be it in a water bath or in a pressure canner, you do NOT want to use a bad jar! The jar can – and will – explode in the canner, turning your water into a total mess. Now, I’m not saying that you should chuck out and not use bad jars you might get. As long as the jar is not chipped, it can be repurposed for other uses.
Ball/Kerr recently re-released their wide mouth pint and a half jars. These jars fill the gap between pints and quarts. For me, it’s a handy size, especially when I’m canning soup, as one jar will hold 2 servings of soup – perfect for a two person household. I was pretty bummed when I got a flawed jar in the first flat of 9 jars that I’d bought.
Each jar is about $1.25, so I didn’t want to throw it out, and I couldn’t use it for canning. So, what I did with this jar is turn it into a candy jar! Very easy – all I needed was the jar, a lid, and something to put in it. I like to keep reusable plastic lids on hand for my jars – easier to use in the fridge. I get lids in packs of 8 at Walmart for less than $3. This size of jar holds 4 bags of 4.7 oz of Jelly Belly’s Belly Flops from Dollar Tree.
And there you go – one jar, rescued from the trash (my town doesn’t recycle glass). I really hope none of those white Belly Flops are Bertie Bott’s flavors …