Canning 101: How to Use Pint & Half Jars

front of new pint & half jar

As I mentioned a couple weeks back, Ball has brought the 24 ounce jar back into production after years of unavailability. I’m quite pleased, as this size and shape jar has been one of my favorites ever since I picked one up in a thrift store some years back.

nine-pack of jars

Since posting about these pint and half jars, I’ve gotten a slew of questions about them and so I thought I’d dedicate a post to the ways in which you can incorporate these jars into your kitchen and canning routine.

an assortment of models (294)

These are a few of the vintage versions of the Pint & Half.

First off, a couple details about these jars. Unlike most canning jars, they come packed in cases of nine. Even though it says so plainly on the package and it’s obvious from the promotional pictures that that’s how they’re sold, for some reason it took me by surprise when I first saw them in person.

for freezing

They’re clearly printed with cup measurements and even a fill line if you plan on using them for freezing. Just so you know, this size jar is excellent for freezing, because they don’t have shoulders. When the contents of the jar expand in the freezer, there’s no danger of the rising liquid pushing up against the glass and causing breakage.

pint & half in action

I use this size jar for all manner of kitchen jobs. From left to right, I’ve got Blood Orange Shrub, my sourdough starter, cashews, a cup of tea, a manual coffee grinder and the last of my dehydrated tomatoes from the freezer.

carrots in a pint & half

As far as canning in these jars goes, the rule of thumb is to process these 24 ounce jars as you would quarts. No halving the time or any tricky calculations necessary. Since receiving my two cases*, I’ve used them for a couple of pickling projects and couldn’t be happier with the results. My dilly carrots and pickled asparagus have plenty of space to stand up tall (and they look pretty nice to boot).

They’re also good for things like pasta sauce (when a pint isn’t quite enough and a quart is too much), soup (preserved in the pressure canner) and pie filling.

asparagus in pint & half

When it comes to sourcing these jars, I’ve been told by Ball that Ace Hardware, True Value and Do It Best Hardware Store will all be carrying them, though they’re not listed on any of their websites as of yet. I’ve also heard from a Wegmans employee that they’ll be carrying them in their stores as well.

If you can’t find them in your area, the best thing to do is to find a local hardware store and ask if they’ll include them in their next order.

How do you plan on using these jars in your kitchen this summer?

*Disclosure: I bought two cases of these jars with my own money. However, Ball also sent me a few of these jars for review purposes. My opinions remain my own and I was not compensated for this post. 

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91 Responses to Canning 101: How to Use Pint & Half Jars

  1. 51
    Ally says:

    For those in the Midwest, Rural King carries them in store for $9.99.

  2. 52
    Gloria says:

    Oh, this is great news. I have a couple of old ones also. I love that manuel grinder on one of your jars. I have an old coffee grinder that mounts on the wall, but I have not seen one like that, very cool. I ordered some half gallon jars from Ace Hardware, great for vacuum sealing dried beans. Thanks for the information.

  3. 53
    Donald Holcombe says:

    I found some in an OLD House. Ive wanted to buy some ever since. BEST Tea glass Ever !

  4. 54
    Erica Grayson says:

    Lowe’s has them too, they were $10.98, but I love this jar for broths. I can’t wait to find some more!

  5. 55
    Carson says:

    I kept looking every few weeks and finally found them on ace and am having them shipped to my local store!! How exciting!!!

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  7. 57
    CYNDI says:

    TRACTOR SUPPLY ALSO CARRIES THEM

  8. 58
    Linda Schield says:

    I’ve been collecting these jars for years. How cool that they are now available again. Thanks for reporting!

  9. 59
    CYNDI says:

    DOES ANY ONE KNOW WHEN CANNING SPAGGITTI MEAT SAUCE IF AND HOW MUCH CANNED SAUCE IN STEAD OF 30 LBS OF FRESH TOMATOS CAN YOU USE

  10. 60
    Becky Judy says:

    I am so glad to hear they are back love canning in the few that I have found at yard sales.

  11. 61
    Becky Judy says:

    I am so glad to hear they are back. I love canning in the few that I have found at yard sales.

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  13. 63
    Rosie Dawn says:

    I use these for bread in a jar. Any non yeast bread like zucchini bread will do. Just bake the bread in the jar. Because it’s tapered the loaf slides out easily when you’re ready to serve the bread.

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  15. 65
    Heather says:

    Gemma, you’re not canning the bread, just using the jar as a baking pan of sorts.

    Do not try to can bread!

  16. 66
    Anne says:

    Hi Marisa,
    I totally love your blog. Just made my first project of some orange jelly and will do something tomatoey next.

    I’d love it if you could do a post on jar accessories, like the ones you show in this post. Some of them you’ve mentioned now and then, but it would be great to see a general survey and source list. I am COVETING that coffee grinder. It would be handy to have some of those drinking tops, a pouring spout, etc.

    Jars are so wonderfully versatile, health-preserving, and do a great job of making beautiful look treasured and special. Thanks so much for your blog!
    Best,
    Anne

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    Julia Bush says:

    Glad to know the pint & half jars are available again. I love to can pickled okra in these and place fresh dill in different areas so that they are seen all around the jar. Nothing is any better than home canned vegetables. I have to leave them on my counter where they can be seen. Makes a great conversation starter.

  19. 69
    patti says:

    I just got them at walmart

  20. 70
    Sandra says:

    We are starting a small buiness canning a marinara sauce. We want to use the one piece lid instead of the two piece. Do we cann these as we would the 2 piece. Please let me know. Thanks.

  21. 71
    Carrie Sue* says:

    I found them at Target of all places – not there to get canning jars but found them and grabbed them because I love the shape. I have a BPA free sippy cup lid that I can put on any wide mouth jar and drink my coffee, green drink or water out of and was super excited about this shaped jar! Target also had blue pint jars (not the vintage colored blue – but a pretty blue none the less)!
    Cheers,
    Cj*

  22. 72
    TSandy says:

    Walmart is carrying these jars. My mother loves this size so I picked her up a couple of cases. Of course I then had to grab myself a case too.

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