Odd Jars (BBB)


I’ve gotten most of my canning jars either for free from the attic of someone eager to be rid of them or from the classifieds. You can buy them cheap from the penny papers. Sometimes they come with stuff still in them, which is kinda gross because it’s always old stuff, but cleaning them out is worth the bargain. You never know what you’re going to find when you open a box of old jars. These are a couple of my favorites because they’re so unusual. One is a Ball jar and the other says Eagle Mason. Both of these jars are in odd sizes you don’t see around today–they hold three cups, so they are the halfway size between a pint jar and a quart jar. The Ball jar fits a wide-mouth lid, and the Eagle Mason looks like it should fit a regular-mouth–but doesn’t. (The regular mouth lid is too big.) I’m always hoping I’ll come across a lid that fits it, but I doubt I’d can anything in it anyway. (I’ve rarely had a jar break in the canner, but I wouldn’t risk it with these.) I love my odd jars!


Ball Blue BookIt’s a Ball Blue Book Project day! Today’s Ball Blue Book is sponsored by another anonymous donor.

For a chance to win: Leave a comment on this post and let me know you want it. You can just put (BBB) at the end of your comment or otherwise note that you want to be in the draw. One winner will be drawn by random comment number to receive a Ball Blue Book. Eligible entry cut-off is midnight Eastern (U.S.) time tonight (September 30). This post will be updated with the winner by 9 a.m. Eastern (U.S.) time tomorrow (October 1). Return to this post to claim your book if your name is drawn (or check the BBB Winners List).

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UPDATE 10/01/10: The winning comment number, drawn by random.org, is #19, Mermonster. Email me at CITRgiveaways(at)yahoo.com with your full name and address for shipping!


  1. Woodwife says:

    I think that oddball lid size is called a 63(63mm). You can sometimes get them on eBay.

    I love those old jars. I got a great deal on craisglist from someone cleaning out her mother’s storage sheds. There were several interesting old jars in there. I use just use them for pretty I don’t want to break them in the canner.

  2. melody says:

    SO sad wish I could of attend your party.I said all year I wanted to,however I dont drive and not sure that the train runs thru your farm.Have lots of fun.I remember when i was young my mother had them same jars she used eagle mason for a long time.I also would love love to win the bbb.

  3. Tammy says:

    I just started canning again this year. Next year I’ll probably invest in a pressure canner. Right now I only can things that work in a hot water bath. I’d love to have a good recipe book. I’m using recipes off the web for now. Thanks!

  4. Rosanne says:

    I also have several odd unusual jars that were my mothers. I don’t use these to can in either, they are just for keepsake. Please include me for BBB.

  5. Rose H says:

    You’re right Suzanne,those jars are beautiful!
    Please enter me in the BBB draw, thank you.

  6. Richelle says:

    Yes, BBB please!

  7. Charlotte says:

    BBB please! In NZ our equivilent for Mason jars are Agee jars and I’ve been finding some great ones at the Op shops lately.

  8. Tracey In Paradise,Pa. says:

    they are really cool jars!!

  9. lisa b says:

    I would love to be entered in the contest (BBB) The old jars are really nice .

  10. Karen Patrick says:

    BBB me, please. Thank you.

  11. kathy says:

    If you like the odd size jars, I buy spaghetti sauce from time to time, and it’s just about between a pint and a quart. The brand is Classico. The labels also come off easily when soaked. I know some folks won’t use jars that food comes in, but these are Mason jars. I’ve used them for a good while now, no problems. Perfect for green beans when a pint is too small and a qt. is too large. Regular lids and bands fit just fine.

  12. Vicki Matheny Miller says:

    I have recently started canning again, and would love a copy (BBB). I remember those off sized jars from my childhood. We used them mostly for raspberries from our garden. Good memories.

  13. Celia Allen says:

    :sheep: Love your odd jars…be pretty with different colored buttons, marbles,etc Yes I’d like the BBB! Please pick me this time to win. πŸ˜€

    celia Mrs. Turkey

  14. Erin says:

    BBB! I have jars break in the canner all of the time. I wonder why?

  15. Phyllis says:

    OH BBB! I want you.
    OH BBB! I need you.
    OH BBB! I love you.
    With all my heart! :heart:

    Song lyrics courtesy of Elvis Presley’s I want you, I need you, I love you

  16. Kathy in FL says:

    I love odd jars, too, and these 2 are real gems. Put my name in for the BBB.

  17. Mermonster says:

    BBB Please. πŸ™‚

  18. SandyCWV says:

    We cleaned out Grandma’s 25 years of left over canning jars. It was messy, but the pigs were happy!
    BBB me please.

  19. Glenie says:

    BBB Iwould love to win.

  20. Julia says:

    Still putting my name in the hat :snuggle:

  21. Connie says:

    I’d love to win, and want those jars!

  22. wvhomecanner says:

    The jar on the left is likely a Ball 22 ounce freezer jar. I love those jars! I have a coworker who would often bring soup, etc. for her lunch in those jars. It’s one jar I haven’t had the luck to come across and they go on ebay for $5 to $12 each. And I agree about the other jar taking a #63 lid. Last I knew the lids are still showing up on ebay and it would be worth scoring one box so you can use the jar for pretty storage.

  23. Betty says:

    I love your blog. It is one of the first things I read each morning to get my day started. BBB

  24. debbie says:

    Would love the BBB…

  25. Judy D says:

    Love your jars! I love odd jars and when I see them at a yard sale, I buy them.
    Would love the BBB……

  26. Patricialynn says:

    Love the canning jars – since you don’t use them for canning, what do you use them for?


  27. Rhonda S says:

    Love old jars too! And find that church garage sales around here always get plenty donated. (Please enter me in the BBB)

  28. Teri says:

    would love to win a BBB

  29. NorthCountryGirl says:

    Some of those canning jars are downright beautiful. I’ve seen some with real exotic designs. Please include me in your Ball Blue Book drawing. Thanks! BBB

  30. Bonnie says:

    BBB, please. Have fun at the party. I need to go to some garage sales out in the country and look for jars!

  31. Kelly says:

    I love odd sized jars, perfect for leftovers or my homemade sweetened condensed milk ( I was very excited that the recipe I had worked, might still be a little excited lol) BBB

  32. ladychef says:

    OOH OOH OOH!! BBB! Thanks for today’s chance!

  33. BrendaE says:

    Thanks for the chance – love a BBB.

  34. Kathleen H in Indiana says:

    Love the jars……BBB!

  35. Rachel says:

    My mother and I went into the cellar of my husband’s grandmother’s house next door, and found all kinds (hundreds) of old canning jars. A lot of the blue Ball jars, several in half-gallon sizes, and some with that really tall thread section for the lid like youve got there. We only took the empties, that was last year. Now the house is falling down so I feel obligated to go back in the scary, spidery, damp cellar and get the “fulls” (full of what god-only-knows) to save all these wonderful old jars from a pitiful demise. Enter me in the BBB please, and enjoy the pretties πŸ™‚

  36. suzanne says:

    yes please would love the BBB

  37. sam says:

    Sure would like a BBB.


  38. Amy I. says:

    BBB Please, and I agree….not for canning, they might crack.

  39. Linda C. says:

    I like old canning jars, too. I bought a box at a yard sale that had a pint Jumbo peanut butter jar, in it. Really different. I would love a BBB

  40. Mary Kellogg says:

    I really need the BBB!!! My husband’s life depends on it.

  41. Denise says:

    I have some oddd jars too – they belonged to my Granny and I wouldn’t part with them for any amount of money. Please include me for the BBB :wave:

  42. C8keWench says:

    Please put me in for the BBB, I’m sure I would get a ton of use out of it! Thanks!

  43. Imperious Fig says:

    I love my odd jars too! Someone gave me a case of 1/2 gallon sized jars. I use them for storing pasta, dried beans and my granola ingredients. I also have a fondness for the Hazel Atlas jars. (My WVNCC classes were in the old Hazel Atlas building.)

  44. Gerry says:

    I have quite a few of those 3 cup jars. I must have bought them years ago. Now I will think of them as odd. I would love to be in the drawing. BBB.

  45. Merlin says:

    BBB pleeeease!!! And Thank You! πŸ˜†

  46. Chic says:

    I love my old jars too Suzanne. There’s a lot of history behind those old beauties and I wouldn’t risk breaking one of mine in the canner either. Please put me in for the BBB!
    Have a great day. Maura πŸ™‚

  47. Katie says:

    I’ve been looking to buy this book for awhile now…so winning it would be great! Thanks for the chance.

  48. Mim says:

    I love any & all odd bottles, jars etc. The property behind our house had a house on it at one time. Back then, a hole was dug and their trash was put in it…kinda like your own personal landfill..I have found old perfume bottles, glass doll baby bottles, medicine bottles, canning jars, milk bottles etc. Suzanne, do you have a #13 canning jar? supposedly they were not used when canning due to bad luck.. I have only seen a couple in my time. Oh almost forgot enter me in the BBB. See ya Saturday. :pawprint:

  49. Marjorie Wolson says:

    My son was visiting us from PA last weekend when we were making a third batch of spicy salsa from the U Wisconsin book “Canning Salsa Safely”. The day he went back home, he called to get the recipe and went out and bought himself a water bath canner and his first case of pint jars. If I were to win a Blue Ball Book, I would share it with him! :snoopy:

  50. Tricia in TEXAS says:

    BBB! Got plenty of jars… just need to learn what to DO with them!

  51. Miss Becky says:

    I got oodles and oodles of old jars, the really good kind with the super thick glass, from an add in the paper. someone’s mother died and had a basement full of jars and they simply wanted to give them to a canner. That would be me. I still have all of them and they are beautiful. of course, they’re prettier when they’re full of dilly beans…BBB

  52. Barbie says:

    I have quite a few of the 3 cup widemouth jars that I bought several years ago, they are great for peach and pear halves. I have some old blue jars and some of my mom’s and my grandma’s that I don’t put in the canner. I’ve not seen that Eagle Mason, nice looking jar! BBB

  53. Tennille says:

    I love old jars too!! I would love to win a BBB!! :sheep:

  54. prayingpup says:

    When we moved here, the shelves in the cellar came complete with canning jars . . . every single shelf! Talk about a bonanza – it was like Christmas! Now, I just need a book so I will know HOW to use the jars! BBB

  55. Kathi N. in Colorado says:

    I love the old jars, too. I remember my Grandma had a button jar — one of the pretty old jars that she collected buttons in. We used to sit with a needle and thread and just string buttons for fun. I guess we were easily amused, huh?

    I’m in for BBB, to; thanks for including me!

  56. CrystalGB says:

    What cool jars. I would love to have the BBB.

  57. Amy Cook in WI says:

    wow…2 giveaways in the same day! As usual, I’d love the BBB! Thanks for the prizes and great blog, Suzanne!

  58. Langela says:

    Enter me please for the BBB giveaway!

  59. Amanda says:

    Enter me for the BBB!

  60. Sharon says:

    I love the old and odd jars as well! BBB

  61. Nancy says:

    I just discovered some of my mothers old jars in the attic. They are Crown Mason jars, apparently made in Canada. Fortunately, they still had the rings! I would be fearful too of canning in them but they’re perfect to hold my homemade laundry detergent! BBB

  62. Zusiqu says:

    BBB Please! I have been canning more lately and I really like doing it.

  63. cyndi says:

    Oh, me me me…I would love to fill my jars with stuff that’s in the BBB….I have some that are old that I got super cheap and some that I bought new in the store when I first started canning. I bought them becuase I wasn’t sure about this and they were a good price. But the used ones are better. I was so sad to find out that a friend of mine’s mom passed up a pallet of them at $1 per box (dozen) at a sale a couple weeks ago – she thought she needed to call me and find out if I wanted them. I explained to her that she never needed to call me with a question like that. Yes, I wanted them. Of course when she went back they were all gone.

  64. irishhillstrish says:

    BBB for me too please.
    Quietly enjoying the site each and every day..

  65. pat says:

    I have started to can again and would love BBB! My favorite jars to collect and the light teal blue ones. I like to place them in the windows. They reflect light beautifully!

  66. pdelainey says:

    I agree, old jars are the neatest. :clover:
    BBB please.

  67. Charley says:

    I have a bunch of my great grandmother’s old jars and they are the ones that look colored- blue, green and once in a while I come across a pinkish one. I love them! BBB please!!!

  68. Drucillajoy says:

    I too, have several favorite old jars I don’t use in the canner anymore. One special one is a ‘mom’s mason’ with a raised picture of a little old lady with her hair in a bun on it, I don’t think it’s old but I like it a lot. A few other older ones are ‘Brockway’ & ‘Presto’ & ‘Victory’ with awful big round bottoms on them. I can’t imagine having a canner full of them, as 7 of them would never fit in it. I tend to only use one’s for canning that I wouldn’t care if it broke. I also have quite a few Atlas 1/2 pint’s that Classico was selling pesto sauce in for several years, I LOVE them for jams & jellies. A year or so ago, as many companies did, Classico changed the size of their product’s container. They still sell the pesto in an Atlas jar, but it’s a smaller & odd sized one & not one that a canning jar lid will fit.
    I haven’t bought any new jars in a long time, but am always bringing home a few I find at the thrift shop.
    I don’t need a BBB, I won a few weeks back & just got it the other day and am enjoying reading it, it’s differant or more updated than the one I have been using for many years…Thanks

  69. Jan says:

    We plan to use jars, preferably ‘blued’, as vases for the flowers at my daughter’s wedding next May (it will be in my back yard). BBB me, too, though I don’t know what it means…

  70. Robyn says:

    Love those jars….BBB me :wave:

  71. mariah says:

    Great idea to look on Craig’s List for jars…I use CL for lots of stuff, but never occurred to me for jars! Duh… BBB please!

  72. Phyllis says:

    I also have a few very old, odd looking jars. Love ’em.

  73. Terri Draeger says:

    Very interesting old jars! I agree, having one break in the canner is the worst mess! Please enter me in the BBB giveaway! thank you!

  74. Joy says:

    Gosh old glass can be interesting! If you don’t find a lid for the Eagle Mason jar so you can store beans, popcorn or lentils in it, you can always use it as really cool vase. I’ve got to be on the lookout for some really nifty old canning jars now. Enter me in the drawing for the BBB so I can fill them up.

  75. ladybird_1959 says:

    BBB, please

  76. Tanya Miller says:

    HI- I have to say this is my FAVORITE site! You are such a neat person and I just love all your pictures and information you give!! I have 11 chickens and love hearing about yours! Please enter my name in the BBB for the canning book. My 2 kids and I just purchased our first house in Jan, and have a hugh garden and can ALOT!! We love being out in the country and growing our own food and having our pets!! Keep up the GREAT work and I look forward to your posts everyday!!

  77. Amanda says:

    Love the old Jars. I like to use them as a vase for flowers. BBB Please.

  78. Tobey says:

    I would love to win a blue book!

    What interesting jars. I regret giving up the jars from cleaning out my grandmother’s basement, but I had more than enough to handle on my own. Sigh.

  79. Tea4too0 says:

    BBB me please! thank you, T

  80. Kristen A says:

    Yay! I love those jars. I wish I had some of my great grandmothers. BBB please!

  81. farmershae says:

    My jaw dropped when I saw the Eagle jar. My want! We have one of the other one – we call it the asparagus jar. πŸ˜€ BBB me please!

  82. Diane says:

    Loving the old jars. I just scored over 200 jars from a Craigslist ad — it was so exciting to dig through all of the boxes!
    BBB me please!

  83. marymac says:

    One of these days I just know I’ll get lucky and win this BBB!!!

  84. Michele says:

    BBB I need it to start canning!!! :happybutterfly:

  85. Susan M. says:

    Love those old canning jars ! If I had some of those,I would probably use them to decorate at Christmastime.. like fill them with tiny colored lights ! I love decorating for holidays!
    Count me in for the BBB ! Thank you!

  86. geena22 says:

    :sun: BBB I need you!

  87. MadMary says:

    BBB for me, me ME! Please!

  88. ayenbe says:

    BBB, please, oh please!
    Just started processing a whole slew of apples… YUM!

  89. Judy says:

    I purchased a dozen of those Ball 1-1/2 pint jars at Walmart in Charlotte, NC around 1995 or ’96 because they (their size) looked so “useful”. I do use them every day in various ways (dry storage, refrigerator storage, in my lunchbox, drinking glasses, etc.) and have tried to find more to purchase but was told by one vendor who had never seen them that they were probably a special product that Ball made for a limited period of time. My jar has a freezing fill line at the top so they probably were made for freezing.


  90. Susan says:

    BBB please! I just found a bunch of those shoulderless Ball jars but mine are only about 1/4 cup less than the quarts. I keep my lentils in those pretty jars.

  91. Sherry says:

    Suzanne- please enter me in the BBB!

    I made tomato jam a few days ago and thought of you…

  92. Linda T. says:

    Please count me in on the draw

  93. Heather says:

    Oh lucky me a chance to have some bright and wonderful news on this otherwise bleak and dreary wet week. BBB me please πŸ˜€

  94. Stephanie B says:

    BBB please. Thank you!! πŸ™‚

  95. Ruth C says:

    BBB, please! Thanks!

  96. Kelli says:

    I think old jars are so cool. They are usually sturdier and more beautiful than jars that are bought new today. BBB.

  97. Marion says:

    Yes Please- I would love a book.

  98. Beth says:

    Yes please…BBB! :dancingmonster:

  99. umstetter says:

    I like old jars too. Wish I had more space to store stuff in jars, but for now, I’m just grateful to have a place to live.
    Count me in for the BBB too, please.

  100. Kris says:

    Still want the new BBB – maybe this is my lucky day!
    Those odd jars make wonderful vases or drinking jars. I have mine on display in my kitchen window.

  101. Bonnie says:

    would love to win a BBB

  102. Cassondra says:

    BBB please!!!!!!!

  103. JOJO says:

    What a perfect post to read today-I had stored in my Son out building several boxes of canning jars, most of which I had never looked at–my Husband at the time brought them home from a farm auction and they were old then–that was neary 40 years ago. I asked my Son if he would move the boxes to his basement and I would look at them soon–today was the day-there were 21 boxes of jars! Most of them blue and every size you can want-some with glass lids and bails, some with zinc lids–I was amazed!. I brought several boxes home and will start cleaning them tomorrow. I am not a canner anymore but will fill them with dry goods and spices and put them in one of my old cupboards in the kitchen. It is like Christmas morning!

  104. heidiannie says:

    I have a lot of blue canning jars I bought at a garage sale many y
    years ago. I gave some to my d-i-l but I just like looking at them.
    I would like to stretch my luck and try for the BBB,please.
    And thank you Suzanne and anonymous donor for your generosity!

  105. SD Sue says:

    Funny story about old blue canning jars. We lived in an apt behind a former Barber Shop on Main St. The floor was cement, and it had a basement. Inside the basement was a “canning room” filled with shelves and on several shelves old blue canning jars full of brown stuff! We were renters and the owner of the building said, “take any or all of those disgusting canning jars out of there that you want!” So, I proceeded to clean out that canning room. Most of the “brown stuff” inside was stain as the food had evaporated, except for two very tall (a quart and a half) jars with glass lids and bail type closures. The contents were gray. When I opened the jars, outside in the back (which was an alley) the bar patrons down the alley could smell that 50 yr old sauerkraut! Whew, haven’t been able to smell cabbage cooking or sauerkraut since without remembering those jars. Still have the jars, 25 years later (they no longer smell!)

  106. Barbara says:

    Great Day for a BBB day.

  107. Country Girl @ Heart says:

    I love all of the unusual jars. I keep thinking about buying some of the Weck jars just because I love the look. I just haven’t talked myself into it yet. BBB Please . . .

  108. Luann says:

    Please enter me into the BBB. After a 12 hour ER clinical rotation it would be a wonderful suprize…I love your blog, it always brings a smile to me especially when I need it. THANKYOU!

  109. Delia Lynn says:

    LOVE those old canning jars! I love anything old-fashioned, living in the northwest of Alberta, Canada. BBB please … would love to own this book so that I can add this to my daily reading and making of recipes and such. You’re doing a great job Suzanne and so enjoy your website, it always makes me laugh or gasp!

  110. Lisa says:

    BBB again please! I’ve gotten some great old jars… amazing how there used to be such variety in canning jars.

  111. Elizabeth Seymour says:

    Oh shoot. I missed the cut off time for the BBB by 9 minutes! But I have to tell you about a great old Mason jar that I inherited from my MIL…..it has “Mom’s Mason Jar” across the front with a picture of a woman in glasses with her hair up in a bun peeling potatoes. It’s beautiful and I’ve never seen one like it before!
    Thanks for sharing your love of old jars.

  112. tonya says:

    I love old jars!! I have a couple of rare ones myself. I’m new to canning, so I really could get great use from yur book. PICK ME!! PICK ME!!

  113. Drucillajoy says:

    hey Suzanne…I just made a discovery & thought of you right away…I too have several of those odd size jars & am always on the lookout for a lid to fit them. I have a few of the small old size 63 lids, but no bands…so that doesn’t work. I was just rinsing out a Ragu spaghetti sauce jar to recycle it & was about to toss the lid and noticed that it has a loose center in it, like a seperate lid. I tried it on one of my odd jars & IT FITS!!! My odd jars are all little 1/2 pint ones that I will be using for sugar, salt, coffee…things that I need a spoonfull of frequently but don’t need to get out the big jar of it. At first I thought I might paint or cover the centers of the lids with something, but I’m thinking now that I could just push out the centers & use the real canning jar lids in them & the Ragu yellow plastic band.
    Gosh, now we gotta hurry & eat lots of Ragu sauce before the manufacturer changes their design.
    It made my morning!!! πŸ˜€

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