can i use Ball canning jars in the freezer ?

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

i have read on the box on the 6 oz quilted jars that they are freezer safe .
i tried to call the number on the box for customer service and i got zip :( i emailed them two weeks ago and still nothing :(
so i ask you
can i freeze pint size jars ? non quilted style
i don't see anything on the boxes for the other style jars ?
i didn't have much luck googling either
can anyone help me out ?
thanks for any info you can give me
happy canning
taynors

Near Lake Erie, NW, PA(Zone 5a)

I use even the jars that some store bought spaghetti sauce comes in. Just don't fill them to the top, the contents needs room to expand.

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

good to know
i did find a discussion group on another site with this topic but its from way back ,
I did find that their is a Ball glass canning/freezer safe jar, but i don't know if i have that style ?
thanks ladygardener1 :)

St. Helens, OR(Zone 8b)

Yes, any Ball jar should be fine. Just be sure, as mentioned, that you allow additional headspace for expansion of the product.

However, I really prefer the containers at the link. (Don't have to be from Ace; they're generally available.) They are inexpensive, last well, are stackable and their square shape is more efficient. They come in a range of sizes.

(Plus I'm a klutz and don't want to worry about a full jar falling out of my over-stuffed freezer.)

http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1441929&kw=freezer+containers&origkw=freezer+containers&searchId=44787585924

Carol

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

thanks Carol :)
i have seen those in the stores that are similar. Those are a good price. Yeah i can see on the Klutz thing. I am one too.
I just have some reg mouth jars that i could use for soups and i am not sure on some of my soups about canning . So i thought i would freeze some , I hate using them plastic bags :p
thanks again
sue

St. Helens, OR(Zone 8b)

Another option would be to cool the soup, line a square pan (like an 8x8) or a casserole dish (small Corning or Pyrex-type) with plastic wrap; leave an overhang. Then pour in the soup. Once the "block" is frozen solid you can bag it up or give it a second wrap in foil. Then just stack the blocks in the freezer.

P.S. I can help if you have questions about canning some of your soups.

Carol

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

thanks Carol
i did find a lentil soup i can do . from the ball book
i was wondering about barely . ?

St. Helens, OR(Zone 8b)

Hmmn. I think I'm missing something here. I'm not sure what the question is.

I don't see a lentil soup in the BBB but lentil soup can be canned.

I think I need some clarification.

Carol

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

whoops sorry my bad
i am doing split pea :) aka Habitant Soup
the lentil is the other soup i m freezing
today i am canning chicken soup .
then I made a spicy chicken soup with dried jalepenos
but i don't know if i would be able to can that soup ?
6 boneless chicken thighs
1 jar homemade tomatillos salsa
6 cups homemade chicken stock
and a pinch 2 TBLS of dried chillis
what do you think Carol ?
good to know i would be able to can the lentil
I have jars left and hate seeing them empty LOL

St. Helens, OR(Zone 8b)

I wondered about that. I saw the Habitant soup but not a lentil.

You can process soups and there's a fair amount of latitude, but there are some no-no's to keep in mind. Some are obvious like avoiding thickeners. You can see a list of things you can't add at the link. Also, notice that you want your soup to be half solids in the jar and half broth. The main issue is not to get too dense a mixture because then there's no way to be sure the processing time is adequate for the needed heat penetration. (A lab-tested recipe like those in the Ball book is different.)

As long as there's enough broth in your soup in relation to the solids you should be fine. Check the instructions here:

http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/can_04/soups.html

Carol

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

thanks
good to know
i did put 1 cup of solid and then added broth. made it half and half .
great link
thanks again

Fort Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10b)

Ball plastic jars for freezing. I bought 2 sizes. I use them in the frige all the time. I did notice one large size's lid was cracked after using it for a while. Dont know if it was my fault, though I dont remember damaging it! But........I'd not used it the freezer at that point. Very handy to store cut up onion, sliced lemon for tea etc, etc.

http://www.amazon.com/Jarden-Home-Brands-1440083000-Freezer/dp/B001XVZW3K

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

thanks :)

Durhamville, NY(Zone 5b)

Quote from taynors :
good to know
i did find a discussion group on another site with this topic but its from way back ,
I did find that their is a Ball glass canning/freezer safe jar, but i don't know if i have that style ?
thanks ladygardener1 :)


The can/freezing jars don't have a shoulder they just taper bottom to top. They come in 1/2 pint, pint and 1 1/2 pint sizes. The 1/2 pint size takes regular lids. The other two take wide mouth lids

St. Helens, OR(Zone 8b)

I have used regular Ball canning jars, specifically the wide-mouth pints, for freezing, with no problems. They are tempered, so as long as there's sufficient headspace it shouldn't be an issue.

I'm not too fond of Ball's plastic freezer containers. They became brittle very fast and the round shapes aren't conducive to efficient storage.

For years I've used these freezer containers. They're available in various brands, they're cheap and darned near indestructible. That's for those not averse to plastic. They come in varied sizes.

http://www.acehardwareoutlet.com/productDetails.aspx?SKU=62252

Carol





none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

thanks Carol
i have been using the canning jars and they work out great !
i invested in the plastic screw caps and i love them !

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Quoting:

i invested in the plastic screw caps and i love them !


Did I miss that link? Where did you find the plastic lids?

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

walmart
$5.99 gets a box of 6 ?
they are the screw top lids
here is a link
but i got mine at wally
http://www.canningpantry.com/bareplstca.html

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

so far they hold up very well in the freezer also. don't crack or split
been using them for around 2 yrs and they are still holding up strong

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

I have learned so much from the good folks here at DG. Thanks so much!

Thanks for that link too. It will be cheaper for me to order rather than do a "spend a hundred dollar" trip to Wmart. lol

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

yep i hear you on that one.
glad we can be of help
i always buy more than i need there. I guess there marketing statagies work LOLLL

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

No joke ~ I have grown to dislike it but when we are so rural there is not much selection. We end up there about once a month. I brace myself by looking thru the garden center first while DH goes thru the 'guy stuff'. Then we meet up and get it over with as quickly as possible. I believe there is a dollar figure they calculate for every minute longer that you stay in the store. They will intentionally stall somethings like firearms sales background checks, filling prescriptions and automotive repairs based on the time spent in store, but enough bashing. Off to shop for those lids... thanks!

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

did you ever notice that they never have enough clerks so you wait in line longer and i think they tell the clerks to go slower.
Yes we are prety rural here too.
the only other alternative is a more expensive Kroger .
grow most of our stuff but not toilet paper LOL
good luck on the lids . they are great !

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Hey ~ good news! TSC had these lids in with their canning goods. 8 for $3.49. I bought some but now need to shop for the large mouth plastic lids. I mostly use wide mouth jars. I like to use jars for leftovers in the frig and these will work great. Thanks... pod

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

your so lucky podster ! our doesn't have them and you got a great price !
i found the large mouth much h arder to find in the stores. good luck
i love them !

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Sue ~ WM (just yesterday) had the plastic lids 8 for $2.59. Pretty soon they'll be paying us to take them! LOL

I always stop and look as I want the wide mouth plastic lids too but hadnt' found any.

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

the large mouth are harder to find ? don't know why ? i did find them once and got every box :)
great deal on the lids.
funny how many people don't know about these little miracle lids ?
i don't use plastic tupperware anymore .
just jars to stash left overs ect...and my lids get washed . i think some things last longer in the jars with the lids. ?
could be just me LOLLL

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

That's why they are hard to find!!! Ya bought 'em all!!! LOL

I use jars for leftovers in the frig and for dry storage of foods as well as dried herbs.

Most of my jars are the wide mouth though. I may do some online shopping for them.

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

LOL maybe your right i did get them all

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

I am always right... just ask my husband! 8 ))

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

ROFLLL
yes mine will say that too :)
i m always right ,,,, right ?

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

I got mine at Amazon 4-5 years ago (much cheaper back then); they are great for very acid foods like pickles in the fridge. I add stuff like that together with an order to get over $25 to get free shipping.
http://www.amazon.com/Ball-Wide-Mouth-Plastic-Storage-Caps/dp/B000SSN3L2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1284502164&sr=8-1-spell

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

thanks darius
i know when i was making the red onion pickles from you , that is when i found the lids . They work great for that .
love them red onion pickles
thanks for the link

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Darius ~ did I read somewhere that you were having problems with lids rusting? Lids on jars that were stored in the springhouse? Maybe this would be the solution albeit a bit pricey.

I have been assembling a list of kitchen goodies I wanted to order from Amazon. I will check it out. Tell me, can I order from different sellers for a free shipping rate on Amazon?

And, red onion pickles sound really good. Anyone have the recipe handy?

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

I dunked the tops of the jars in some melted paraffin and they're fine now. Ball plastic lids (I'd need about 100) would be a lot more expensive than my $6 for Gulf Wax.

Sue Taynors may have the red onion pickle recipe handy... I'm out of town until the weekend.

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

i have the recipe somehwere in my mess of a desk .
i will look for it

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