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Canning, Freezing and Drying: can i use Ball canning jars in the freezer ?

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taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

November 4, 2009
7:16 PM

Post #7241313

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
ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

November 4, 2009
7:29 PM

Post #7241350

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.

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

November 4, 2009
8:04 PM

Post #7241451

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 :)
Carolinorygun
St. Helens, OR
(Zone 8b)

November 4, 2009
10:41 PM

Post #7241881

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

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

November 4, 2009
11:51 PM

Post #7242104

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
Carolinorygun
St. Helens, OR
(Zone 8b)

November 5, 2009
1:13 AM

Post #7242445

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

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

November 5, 2009
1:28 AM

Post #7242498

thanks Carol
i did find a lentil soup i can do . from the ball book
i was wondering about barely . ?
Carolinorygun
St. Helens, OR
(Zone 8b)

November 5, 2009
4:04 AM

Post #7243017

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

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

November 5, 2009
7:52 PM

Post #7244817

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
Carolinorygun
St. Helens, OR
(Zone 8b)

November 6, 2009
12:32 AM

Post #7245774

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

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

November 6, 2009
1:25 AM

Post #7245962

thanks
good to know
i did put 1 cup of solid and then added broth. made it half and half .
great link
thanks again
bedouin
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

August 10, 2010
9:33 PM

Post #8032752

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

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 11, 2010
3:54 AM

Post #8032913

thanks :)
Doug9345
Durhamville, NY
(Zone 5b)

August 18, 2010
7:08 PM

Post #8048541

[quote="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 :) [/quote]

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

Carolinorygun
St. Helens, OR
(Zone 8b)

August 18, 2010
10:01 PM

Post #8048847

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





taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 19, 2010
4:39 AM

Post #8049020

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 !
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 19, 2010
5:02 AM

Post #8049052

[quote]
i invested in the plastic screw caps and i love them ! [/quote]

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

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 19, 2010
5:09 AM

Post #8049069

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

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 19, 2010
5:10 AM

Post #8049070

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
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 19, 2010
5:23 AM

Post #8049097

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

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 19, 2010
1:01 PM

Post #8049868

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
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 19, 2010
5:17 PM

Post #8050319

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!

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 19, 2010
5:36 PM

Post #8050357

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 !
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 22, 2010
11:34 AM

Post #8055483

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

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 22, 2010
1:57 PM

Post #8055690

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 !
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 13, 2010
12:41 PM

Post #8096946

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.

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

September 13, 2010
12:53 PM

Post #8096971

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
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 13, 2010
1:58 PM

Post #8097157

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.

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

September 14, 2010
4:30 AM

Post #8098181

LOL maybe your right i did get them all
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 14, 2010
4:39 AM

Post #8098192

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

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

September 14, 2010
8:25 AM

Post #8098548

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

darius

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

September 14, 2010
3:12 PM

Post #8099208

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

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

September 14, 2010
4:44 PM

Post #8099398

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
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 14, 2010
4:59 PM

Post #8099428

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?

darius

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

September 14, 2010
7:02 PM

Post #8099679

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.

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

September 15, 2010
4:14 AM

Post #8100120

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

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