Giveaway: New Heritage Collection Blue Jars from Ball

Ball Heritage Jars

In the last few years, many of my favorite things that were once rare and only available in thrift stores and junk shops have been reissued. First there were the Pint & Half jars that came back last winter. Then Dansk from back their classic Kobenstyle cookware (according to The Kitchn, there’s more to come in that product line this season!). Now Ball has brought back blue glass canning jars. Be still my heart!

heritage jars from above

These Heritage Collection Pints are a limited edition jar, that has been issued to mark the 100th anniversary of the Perfect Mason, the original jar designed and produced by the Ball brothers. They’re not exact reproductions of those first jars, but do a lovely job at evoking an earlier age of home food preservation.

New and Old Jars

The shape of these new jars is identical to the regular mouth Ball pint jars currently on the market. They have measure marks along the sides in both cups and milliliters, come in sets of six, and are absolutely safe for home canning. As you can see from the photo above, the color is not an exact match to the jars of yesteryear, but it’s quite close. They also have a little commemorative note embossed on the back.

Vintage-style Jars, front and back

One thing to note about these jars is that they truly are limited. When they’re gone, they’re gone. If you want to add these to your pantry, make sure to pick some up sooner rather than later. You can currently order them from Fillmore Container. The Fresh Preserving Store and Amazon have them available for pre-order and should be fulfilling orders soon. I’ve not seen them in the wild yet, but I’ve heard that they will be stocked in brick and mortar stores.

Thanks to the nice folks at Ball, I have one box of these pretty jars to give away to a lucky Food in Jars reader (make sure to follow the Ball Facebook page and Pinterest account to be the first to know about future limited edition jars). If you want to enter, here’s what to do:

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share a blue glass jar memory or experience. If you don’t have any fond remembrances about blue glass jars, share how you’d use these new jars in your home.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Friday, March 15, 2013. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog over the weekend.
  3. Giveaway open to US residents only (so sorry, my further-flung readers).
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.
Disclosure: The publicist for Jarden Home Brands gave me a box of these jars to review and is providing a second box for the giveaway. They did not pay for inclusion on the blog and my opinions remain entirely my own. 

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1,382 Responses to Giveaway: New Heritage Collection Blue Jars from Ball

  1. 1351
    Alice says:

    I just like looking at them. It gives me a good feeling.

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    ashley c says:

    I have one vintage blue jar and I use it to store gluten free cream soup mix in. Ashleyac27@gmail.com

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    Carrie says:

    We were gifted a few old vintage blue jars and love them. To scared to can with them though, I would not hesitate with these!

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    Liz says:

    I don’t have specific memories of the blue Ball jars, but my mom used a bunch of different vintage jars as storage for bulk items. I’m hoping to get some of these beautiful blue jars for the same reason – they’ll look so lovely in the cupboards. Maybe some extras for actual canning, too. :)

  5. 1355
    Bridget says:

    I was given a set of vintage blue ball jars by my Mother in law. She has since passed away. They are displayed in my kitchen and are a nice reminder of a wonderful lady.

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    Stacey Martin says:

    I discovered my first blue Mason jar in the creepy canning room in the basement of the home I grew up in. I snatched a few for storage in my bedroom…they came with me when I left home to get married and now my collection has grown as I love the color and the versatility of a Mason jar…

  7. 1357
    Renelle says:

    I love the look of the old jars! It makes me think of my Great Grandmother’s kitchen. Her blue jars held a little bit of everything! I think I got my green thumb from her – it certainly wasn’t from my other grandmothers!

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    Gerald says:

    We just enjoy them. They make us think of a simpler time.

  9. 1359
    Barb Kelley says:

    Just starting to can. Wouldn’t it be wonderful for my first canning to be in the blue jars?
    I think it would be a great way to start my canning experience!

  10. 1360
    Kelly says:

    I found a few old blue jars hidden in a basement shelf after I bought my house — closest I’ve ever been to finding buried treasure!

  11. 1361
    Christina says:

    These are beautiful! I would use them in craft projects, to store stuff, canning…the list goes on.

  12. 1362
    Rebecca says:

    I have a box of the blue jars in my basement! I love how they look!

  13. 1363
    Christa H says:

    I admire their beauty and wish I owned a few to use as hand soap jars or dried beans in the pantry.

  14. 1364
    Leah says:

    I’d never heard of the blue jars before, but I’ve been cleaning out my grandparent’s house so we can put it on the market and I found a bunch of photos of my grandmother canning in blue jars oh so many years ago.

  15. 1365
    Susan says:

    I want some just to look at in my kitchen.

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    MelissaW says:

    So pretty! I’d can with them, and line them up on my open shelves, just to look at!

  17. 1367
    Carol Jackson says:

    Growing up, my friend Renee’s mother (Pearl) and aunt (Opal) canned every summer. I remember going over there to witness the controlled chaos that meant the crops were in. Renee’s father got in on the act and specialized in jelly from peach peelings, always a beautiful shade of red. I do not remember any blue jars, but I do remember the kitchen table and every available surface being covered with jars. I put up jams and jellies from our own fruit trees, but have never found a recipe for peach peel jelly like I remember.

  18. 1368
    Gabriele Gersch says:

    I have a few of the older blue jars and display them in the kitchen on top of my cabinets. There is something about the color that is great. I am new to canning and love it ~ I seem to spend most of the winter figuring out what I can do with canning. :)

  19. 1369
    Joanna Howe says:

    I don’t really have any memory of using blue jars because I haven’t encountered one. Although we use mason jars as our drinking glasses, these blue ones will be perfect to use on special occasions like Easter, Summer, 4th of July barbecue. They are simply beautiful.

  20. 1370
    Becky says:

    I have several blue Ball jars that I have purchased as “collectibles” that I use to decorate with, but I think it would be SO COOL to use these new ones to actually can in! They would look so pretty in my canning closet amongst all of my other canned goods ( in their plain jars!)!!!

  21. 1371
    laurie says:

    use them for canning

  22. 1372
    Lynn says:

    I don’t have a personal memory- but I know my sister would just love those jars- she has a real zeal for canning- even pointed me in the direction of your site when I got curious- and so I’ll toss my hat into the ring in hopes of winning them for her.

  23. 1373
    john says:

    whoa. so cool! i wonder how next year’s strategic marmalade reserve would look in blue… then again, a berry jam seems a little more appropriate.

  24. 1374
    Teri says:

    I went ‘cellar diving’ with my niece in her in law’s parents farmhouse. Of course we waited until it was dark so we had one flashlight between us. We got so dirty and once she realized that I liked the blue jars, and the pint & a half, she really got into it and when we emerged we were filthy but victorious.

  25. 1375
    aruna says:

    I love the color. I would love to use them for canning this summer. Thanks.

  26. 1376
    Leslie says:

    I would use them for display and pantry storage. I passed some up at a flea market and have regretted it ever since!

  27. 1377
    DebBlee says:

    … when I started canning a few years ago – I picked up a box of assorted jars at a thrift store I didn’t know anything I just saw the ball name that they were $5 for the lot and scooped them up! There were a couple blues in the box (shhh, do not tell the others) they are my favorites – I usually use them to store sweets or nuts – so I can leave them out on the counter to admire! too pretty to hide – – maybe if I had more the perfect jar for blueberry pie filling? yummy!!!

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