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Mason Jars - Fermentation

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Mason Jars - Fermentation

Was wondering if anyone knows where to look for a good deal on Mason Jars, and what normal pricing is, and what would be considered an amazing deal.

I have a bunch of regular mouth sized ones that I've been using for years.
Whenever I buy commercial products that come in a mason jar (ie spaghetti sauce), I keep the jars.
Plenty to work with - what I don't have is any wide mouth jars.
Are there any commercial products that are sold in wide mouth mason jars?
I guess I've never really paid attention.

I am planning to tinker around with fermentation, and have snagged some pickle-pipe lids.
https://www.masontops.com/products/pickle-pipe
They basically prevent air from coming in, but allow fermented vapours to leave.

I snagged both regular and wide mouth ones too - so need to get some jars.

Presently - fermenting some gooseberries, and two jars of French fry cut red potatoes.
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I use a repurposed 3 L Bick's pickle jar that I bought at Wholesale Club. The opening is larger than a wide mouth mason. I never bothered with weights or stones, just a new ziploc freezer bag half filled with water (or brine if you don't trust the bag not to leak). I'm not sure if you are going to get any standardized size openings from commercial jars, they seem to be made specific to the company's products.
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Mars2012 wrote: I'm not sure if you are going to get any standardized size openings from commercial jars, they seem to be made specific to the company's products.
Usually if it's a custom container the lid might be custom, but there's quite a lot of standards out there. Your pickle jar may very well be a standard.

Source: I've purchased new lids for used jars before.
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death_hawk wrote: Usually if it's a custom container the lid might be custom, but there's quite a lot of standards out there. Your pickle jar may very well be a standard.

Source: I've purchased new lids for used jars before.
Classico pasta sauce uses a mason jar with standardised regular lid size.
You ditch their lid, and just use a proper canning ring/lid combo.
Just soak it in water (or use heat gun) to remove labels.

Wish more companies would do this (for reusability purposes).
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death_hawk wrote: Usually if it's a custom container the lid might be custom, but there's quite a lot of standards out there. Your pickle jar may very well be a standard.

Source: I've purchased new lids for used jars before.
I checked prior to posting and that 3L jar's opening is quite a bit larger than a wide mouth mason. I actually don't use the lid, it got rusty a long time ago. As long as there is enough liquid in the ferment, that bag of water/brine is enough to block out any air and I just use a few layers of cheesecloth for the top to keep insects out.
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Mars2012 wrote: I checked prior to posting and that 3L jar's opening is quite a bit larger than a wide mouth mason.
Oh you'd have to order a lid. Consumer lids for sure won't fit.
You might have a 110/400 lid if it's a gallon jar. But I think you mentioned 3L and Bicks so it may be custom.
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There are places that will sell you lids but you'll have to buy them by the gross, or several grosses.

Could try a thrift shop. Some will sell (cheap) commercial (vs. home canning) jars. They sell home canning jars too.
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