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So you can't find any 1/2 pint jars...  7 01/20 10:54pm jim brown

By jared (Jared112) on Wednesday, October 31, 2001 - 10:42 am:

I just wanted to know where I would be able to find [KERR 1/2 pint wide mouth Low Form] Jars. I went to every grocery store in town and could only find BALL 1/2 wide mouth jars. Can anyone tell me if the normal wide mouth jars (about 6" tall) will work, or will they be too tall for the syringe to reach the bottom? Also if anybody knows where I can order the KERR jars online, please tell me.

By A Drunk Bastard (Adb) on Wednesday, October 31, 2001 - 11:21 am:

a couple ideas for 1/2pint wide mouth jars would be to check a local Walmart or an Ace Hardware store, i've seen em at both. granted at the walmart i had to ask a couple different employees but eventually they got me to them :)

the wide mouths also work great for salsa, much easier dipping.

with the 1/2pint talls, i've never personally used them, seen pics of the cakes from them so i guess they worked, but the story i've heard goes they're a little bit tougher to get the cakes out of the jars.

By jared (Jared112) on Wednesday, October 31, 2001 - 11:39 am:

Thanks I'll check into that, I've got about another week before PF sends me my spores. so I had better get to shopping around. If I cant find any Low Form jars then I will just use the regular ones

By SYDYSTYK (Addict) on Wednesday, October 31, 2001 - 12:10 pm: also carry dextrose and plastic lids

By jared (Jared112) on Wednesday, October 31, 2001 - 12:37 pm:

Thanks for the URL Addict. That site had the perfect jars that I was looking for so I ordered a 12pack case of them with shipping and everything it was $15 which I think is well worth it. Thank you so much out of all the things I needed the jars were hardest to find.

By Delekhan J. Delekhan (Delekhan) on Monday, November 05, 2001 - 03:52 am:

Just checking to see if anyone has seen any local retailers selling half-pint wide mouths. I called all the Truvalue's in my area and they're all out. Wal-mart only had the crystal jelly jars, not wide mouth. Any suggestions? I could always order some off the net, but just checking.

By SYDYSTYK (Addict) on Monday, November 05, 2001 - 04:07 am:

stater brothers grocery store

By An guy (Boomer) on Monday, November 05, 2001 - 04:11 am:

K mart used to usually have a good canning section.

Ace Hardware.

Grocery stores usually have something in that area.

By jared (Jared112) on Monday, November 05, 2001 - 02:57 pm:

I have had the same problem, so I had to order my jars from They have exactly what you need there.

By dr. stein (Ipitythefoo) on Monday, November 05, 2001 - 08:17 pm:

try oven bags if you can't find jars, they work great. do a keyword search on 'bulk tek' for more info.

By Mr. Tambourine Man (Tambourine_Man) on Monday, November 12, 2001 - 08:27 pm:

They're Canadian, and they've got half pint wide mouth....

By quote: (Quote) on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 - 02:26 pm:

wells can is a good source.

By benofnazareth (Benofnazareth) on Thursday, December 27, 2001 - 08:27 pm:

Hi people. I recently ordered some half-pint wide mouth jars from

they were suggested by Mr. Tambourine Man and Quote in the archives under Jars, then Sources.
But having received the jars, I noticed that they aren't quite as 'cone-shaped' as ball and kerr jars... that is, they're more cylindrical... almost a little wide looking on the bottom. Are these the same jars as have been suggested? If so, i suppose they work fine, but judging by their appearance, I'm not sure. They should be the same, the archive post was in November. I just don't want to start a project and find out my cakes don't want to slide out. Thanks guys!

By quote: (Quote) on Thursday, December 27, 2001 - 11:39 pm:

since you got the wide mouth variety,
those should be fine.
a pic would help make sure.

By benofnazareth (Benofnazareth) on Friday, December 28, 2001 - 12:53 am:

Unfortunately, I have no camera available. But they are supposed to be more cylindrical (i think this is a word!) than the Ball jars, right?

By An guy (Boomer) on Friday, December 28, 2001 - 04:25 am:

I went and looked, and if they're the ones I saw, they'll be ok.

look through the side of the glass, you can see the shape of the inside. the insides should slope up outward from the bottom to the top- the jar opening should be seen to be wider than the inside bottom of the jar, as seen from the side. It's noticeable, as it is also very noticeable if the openening is smaller than the inside bottom.

By benofnazareth (Benofnazareth) on Friday, December 28, 2001 - 05:20 pm:

Hmmm... I think we may have a case of "false advertising". The jars I purchased seem to be missing a good slope...not a very noticable one, that's for sure... "non-tapered" i believe. I say false advertising because if you go on the web page, this one again...

...then go to the canning jar section listed on the left side. they have a picture of some jars on that page, and the half pint wide mouth is not what i have... in fact, i think it even says "Ball" on the front of it. try saving it and blowing it up with a picture viewer, if anyone is so inspired. what they are selling are "Bernardin" jars... though i think the same company owns all of these brands...

I do believe the jars i have are ill-suited for the task at hand... i had trouble with Kerr jars in the past that had a better slope, the tall half-pint type.

But has anyone ever used these "Bernardin" jars successfully? Quote?

If these are no good, I think we ought to warn the community, and remove the suggestion from the archive.

If, however, everything is cool and I'm just paranoid, I apologize for the false alarm. I just don't want to find out the 4 cases I bought are no good! Hopefully no one will have to share my fate if this is so.

Jar picture

By Nan (Nanook) on Friday, December 28, 2001 - 08:38 pm:

OK, there are three jars in that pic. The low form squat jar on the right is the one you want. If these are the jars you purchased then you are in business. The taller jar on the left should also work, but it's going to be a bit more troublesome.

The jar in the rear can be made to work but it is not really suitable.

By benofnazareth (Benofnazareth) on Friday, December 28, 2001 - 09:17 pm:

this is the picture of the jars that they posted on the website, not what was actually sent, which is why i am troubled. the half pint wide mouth in that picture (the one to the right) appears to be a Ball jar, when that is not what they are selling. what i have appears to be shaped innappropriately, as previously described. but since people suggested this website as a source for half-pint wide mouths in the archives, i was wondering if the people who suggested them or followed the suggestion have used these seemingly bad jars successfully, or if the jars they received were instead just like regular Ball or Kerr wide mouth half pints.
if someone got the same jars as i did, they would know what i'm talking about... that would have to mean that they have switched their product since november, and the archive post is outdated. cost me a pretty penny !

But I still want to hear from someone else who may have bought these different "Bernardin" jars. Anybody?

By onediadem (Onediadem) on Wednesday, January 09, 2002 - 04:22 am:

On a whim, I called my local grocery store, and they said they didnt know when their spring canning supplies would be in, but, they said they would order them for me, will take approx. 2 days. I thought that was really cool. Give a different name, and bingo, jars are on the way. Anyone having trouble finding them, might try this. Beats ordering from online. No shipping costs, very short wait too.
live long,

By Cragith Kilbonith (Kilborn) on Wednesday, January 09, 2002 - 04:45 am:

My local grocery stores hate that kind of stuff. Has anyone tried asking walmart?

By mr. mista (Mistabud) on Wednesday, January 09, 2002 - 08:29 am:

Walmart has kerr 1/2 pints for around 6 bucks.

By exile (Exile) on Wednesday, January 09, 2002 - 03:25 pm:

My local Wal-Mart only had lids last week, doh.


By Brettiejams (Brettiejams) on Wednesday, January 09, 2002 - 06:15 pm:

I was just looking at Wal-mart and Target for jars this week to no avail.

Then I went to my local Albertsons(grocery) to get rice and they had a nice selection of canning supplies that they keep year round,

Very cool.... Viva Albertsons!

By onediadem (Onediadem) on Wednesday, January 09, 2002 - 09:12 pm:

Krogers will order them for you Delekhan. I called the store at 11 pm. Night crews are much more laid back. Walmart here is out too.
Good luck

By Ron (Clubbenguy) on Friday, January 11, 2002 - 09:00 pm:

I go to Alsip Nursery (A lawn and garden store). They have 1/4, 1/2 and full pint jars. They are used for candelmaking as well, so if your desperate, turn to a candelshop.