I was lucky enough to have some new, old jars donated to me the other day. I also found some on someone’s front lawn that they were throwing out. I did a bit of research online and I can see that others are just as obsessed with these jars as I am. I have to be careful as this obsession could start taking up a lot of room in my house! I use some of these jars for my preserved fruits and vegetables. The ones that I know I will use up in a few weeks. The oldest jar with a date is dated 1932. I think the blue one pictured is older, although it has no date stamp. Some have air bubbles, some don’t. I even have a box of old Viceroy rubber rings, although I think the rubber is shot and I would need to purchase new ones. Here are a few questions I have about these old jars:
- Are these jars safe to use for canning?
- Where would I find new rubber rings for these jars?
- Where can I purchase new metal screw bands?
Here’s a link I found to date Bell jars – Dating Bell Jars and one for Canning Jars of Canada. Do you collect old canning jars? What’s your oldest jar or favourite jar? Do you actually use them for canning?