Giveaway: Ball Dry Herb Jars

locating the spice rack

The week Scott and I got married (nearly four years ago now!), my dad cut a giant hole in my kitchen wall and inserted floor-to-ceiling spice rack into a few inches of unused space. This had long been the wedding present plan, though looking back on it covering the apartment with drywall dust a few days before the big day wasn’t one of my better laid plans.

Still, I’ll never regret the mess, because I LOVE this spice shelf. Not only did it give me a bounty of additional storage space, the shelves are perfectly spaced to hold the canning jars that house my herbs and spices. Truly, it was one of the best presents I’ve ever received.

my spice storage

For the longest time, I thought I was the only one using slightly past their prime mason jars for this purpose, but in recent years, I’ve discovered that I’m very far from alone. And this spring, Ball finally recognized the fact that many of us use their jars in this way and released a product designed expressly for spice storage.

Ball Dry Herb Jars

Meet the Dry Herbs Jars. They are four ounce jars fitted with sturdy, locking shaker lids. I’m liking these herb jars for several reasons. I appreciate how large the holes are in the shaker lid (they’re akin to the ones you find on Parmesan cheese canisters) because they allow chunky things like kosher salt and red chili flakes through.

Herb Jar

I appreciate the slight rim on the edge of the lid, which means they stack with a sense of security. And finally (though this has nothing directly to do with their utility as a spice jar), I love the look of the smooth-sided four ounce jar. Would that they’d kick those quilted quarter-pints to the curb and sell these by the dozen!

shaker top

Thanks to our friends at Ball, I have a box of these Dry Herbs Jars to give away (each box contains four shaker topped jars).

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share how you store your herbs and spices.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Sunday, June 2, 2013. Winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog soon after.
  3. Giveaway open to US residents only (so sorry, further-flung friends).
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

In addition to the giveaway, I’ve created a Pinterest board for photos of herb and spice storage. If you’d like to pin to the board, mention that in your comment and I’ll invite you to participate. It’s simply for fun, no additional entries to the giveaway will occur if you participate.

Disclosure: Ball has provided two sets of these Dry Herb Jars, one for photography purposes and one for giveaway, at no cost to me. However, I am unswayed by this gift and my opinions remain my own. 

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841 Responses to Giveaway: Ball Dry Herb Jars

  1. 101
    Anita says:

    Mine are in a hodgepodge as well – some canning jars, some plastic bags (from the bulk bins), some miscellaneous small glass jars, some purchased spice/herb canisters that have been refilled. These new jars look awesome!

  2. 102
    Ron says:

    My spices and herbs are in a hodge-podge of original spice jars, zip-lock bags, and re-purposed spice jars.

  3. 103
    Pam says:

    I use canning jars of different sizes to store herbs that I grow & dehydrate myself. I also keep spices in the little round containers in thiz sturdy box that stacs them 2 deep & 2 high. My mixed seasoning mixes & salts (some of which I mix myself) I keep in a cabinet with a turning table.
    Love these new spice jars & lids!

  4. 104
    marilyn says:

    I mostly use the bottles and jars they come in, but I’ve decanted some into better canning jars — and some are still in baggies, waiting for these dry herb jars!

  5. 105
    Sandi says:

    I store several of my spices in the freezer. I also have some in the kitchen cabinets. I need to be more organized and would love these great jars! Thank you for the opportunity to win them!

  6. 106
    Elaine W says:

    the most used ones are in neat glass bottles from an OLD twirly spice rack in the “garage” where the mixer, rice cooker, food processor, are housed. the spice rack is long gone. The big jars are on a large pull out shelf with names written on the tops to find them. Still a lot of searching for the right one. These look awesome. AND I love anything in glass! Neat giveaway.

  7. 107
    Jordan says:

    I store my spices in those pesky 4 oz. quilted jam jars. The quilted bit doesn’t bother me, it’s the fact that they don’t seal because they just have lids and bands so they’re not easy to stack that gets me. If I try to stack them they start sliding all over the place which freaks me out because the last thing I need is glass shards and cumin all over my floor. I’m with you though, smooth 4 ouncers for canning would be adorable.

  8. 108
    Susan Covey says:

    My spice cupboard is the very shallow cupboard that housed the fold down ironing board years ago. My house was built in the 20’s, but by the time we moved in, my great grandparents had already converted the ironing board into a spice storage and the old ice box into storage as well. I hold onto all kinds of interesting jars for spices. I’ve started getting some in bulk from the Indian food market, so for these larger quantities, I store them in pint jars.

  9. 109
    Marla says:

    Love these. I use whatever empty jar is available, old spice jars, old mason jars, but then I find at times I have to empty them out in order to finish up a batch of something or another. My only little quibble. I would love to see the lid design in metal instead of the plastic without losing the ability to stack. Great idea…on an old favorite friend, canning jars.

  10. 110
    Kimmer says:

    I use the original containers for most of my spices, some old jars for things like nutmeg, I love your spice shelves, I’m seeing a project in my future!

  11. 111
    Kamala says:

    I buy most of my spices in build from the local coop store or and Indian store or mail and store them in glass jars as well. These are such a useful size and I love the shaker tops. Thanks for the draw.

  12. 112
    Haley says:

    I reuse purchased spice jars to store my spices and jars for herbs.

  13. 113
    Happier Than A Pig in Mud says:

    Right now they’re all piled into a deep drawer with the most used in a basket towards the front. I love these Ball Spice Jars, thanks for the fun give-away:@)

  14. 114
    Elizabeth G. says:

    I keep my spices in the container they come in. My spices would look so cute in these!

  15. 115
    Elaine M says:

    My brother in law made me a beautiful spice cabinet I hung on the wall. It is a treasured possession!

  16. 116
    bridgit says:

    My spices are handy in a drawer, with their names on top (mostly), in baby food jars, and those tiny jam jars and old spice jars from my old room mate, and… you get the picture!

  17. 117
    Nelle says:

    I have no good way of storing right now. It’s mostly old jars. This is a great idea.

  18. 118
    PamKenn says:

    We have moved to a smaller kitchens and have been trying to,figure out how to organize our spices. I am really tired of the hunt for what I need. Your storage system plus those great jars might just do it!

  19. 119
    Kathy Kuehling says:

    My kitchen is so small, with the amount of spices I have, I invested in those spice racks that have drawers that pull out and bend down. Each one holds 27 jars and I had to buy 3 of them! They don’t hold my mason/Kerr jars, but that’s ok. Just started dehydrating my own herbs and some veggies and am loving it!

  20. 120
    Aghavni says:

    I love the size of these. I usually store too little in large mason jars . Seems to loose flavor or punch sooner. These are great !

  21. 121
    Teruska says:

    We use mostly glass jars ~ some original jars ~ and refill them at the health food store with the amounts we would generally use in about a 3 month time frame. Although, I did recently purchase a pound of brown and a pound of yellow mustard seeds. Americans will eat 7 billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day.. That needs a lot of mustard!

  22. 122
    Connie says:

    I just moved, so my spices and herbs are a mess. Some are in 8oz jars, but most are in the bulk plastic containers I get from the farmers market.

  23. 123
    Donna Earnshaw says:

    These are great. I get many of my spices in bulk so end up with many little baggies. Gets very messy.

  24. 124

    I use a revolving spice rack for most of my spices, but I have several that I’m attempting to grow & dehydrate for my own use. These would be awesome! Love the design!

  25. 125
    Olivia says:

    I currently store spices in the Tupperware spice containers, but would like to ditch the plastic. I just haven’t found anything I love that won’t break the bank to switch to.

  26. 126

    I’m not very creative…I just have my spices on a lazy susan in my cupboard, except for the ones I use ALL the time. Love the look of these jars!

  27. 127
    Michele says:

    I have a lot of herbs & spices, stored in a motley collection of small & large jars. Some are reused jars that spices were bought in. Some are canning jars or larger size bought jars. Some are in plastic containers. They end up on a salvaged & repainted spice rack, and also a row of shelves I built on an otherwise wasted wall in my small city apartment.
    ***I would like to share pics if Pinterest is easy to use.

    Thanks, Marisa!

  28. 128
    lynn says:

    I buy my spices in bulk and years ago bought spice jars from container company. The Ball jars would augment my spice jar collection nicely!

  29. 129
    Steph says:

    Right now my spices are shoved in little plastic containers or the plastic bags they came in…slowly switching them all to glass.

  30. 130
    Melissa says:

    My herbs are stored in the containers I bought then in in one of my cupboards. I want to upgrade my storage and these jars seem like a great first step. Thank you for the giveaway!

  31. 131
    Cassie says:

    I store herbs and spices in a cabinet with a turn table and on a shelf…it’s a mess! I just started my first herb garden so these would be great!

  32. 132
    Kaja says:

    We keep some of our spices in a small spice rack on the wall next to the stove and the rest in a basket that you have to dig through.

  33. 133
    Darcy says:

    I have used jelly jars as herb containers for years! I love them as they are perfect for the job, and look so nice lined up on the shelf. I also use quart and half gallon jars for dehydrated fruits and veggies, as well as dry goods like rice and beans. I would love to have a chance to try these new jars with the lids. It would be really nice if they would sell the lids separately though, as I would be more apt to purchase them for jars I already have.

  34. 134
    Robin D says:

    I love canning jars and use them for a lot of storage. I usually find an old spice jar or ball jar to store my spices. I would love to win. THanks so much for the chance.

  35. 135
    Patricia N. says:

    Most of my herbs and spices are in the containers they came in on a lazy Susan in a kitchen cabinet. Ones I grew and dried are in jars other things came in like jam and pesto. Everything’s a big mess, and it sometimes takes a while to find what I want. These would be great for my home grown herbs!

  36. 136

    For at least 10 years I have been using ball jars for my dehydrated herbs, peppers, tomatoes, fruits and more and probably have at least 3 cases full of this deliciousness! Love that I can see my spices and dried peppers. We grow at least 15 kinds of hot peppers and they look lovely in the jars! Grind em, mix em, use em!

  37. 137
    Emily says:

    Just recently renovated kitchen and added a spice drawer! I love it! I bought spice jars from Chefs Tools and I love them. They are all labeled and in order so I always know what I have. The jars are big enough to hold the bulk spices I buy, but not so big that they overpower the drawer. It’s so much better than my lazy susan!!! Can always add a few more jars to my collection, I’m already short 2 jars! lol

  38. 138
    JB says:

    I would use these for dried homegrown herbs that need homes of their very own.

  39. 139
    Timothy Canny says:

    My wife keeps her herbs and spices in the jars they came in or picks them fresh from the garden. I think the idea of drying some of the garden herbs and using them in the winter months would be a very attractive idea to her.

  40. 140
    Elizabeth says:

    I buy in bulk so my spices don’t always come with a jar. I use Mason jars, jelly jars, mustard jars what ever pretty jar I have stashed away. Would love these Ball dry herb jars!

  41. 141
    Grace says:

    I use old jam jars to store most of my bulk spices/herbs (I mostly have Bonne Mamman jars but have some Smuckers jars, too). I usually keep my other spices in the packaging they come in, but I just bought some teeny 2.7 and 5.6 oz (they are so cute!) Weck jars to transfer some of those. I also keep corn starch and my home ground oat meal in old spaghetti jars.

    These Ball jar lids look awesome! Will they be selling the lids separately? I hope so!

  42. 142
    Susan says:

    I’ve developed a little pantry-moth issue (I suspect the bulk dog biscuits), so I’m transitioning everything to glass containers with tight-fitting lids. Hated using up all my 1/4-pt jam jars, though — plus, they don’t stack well more than a couple high. Thanks for the heads-up on these.

  43. 143
    Michele says:

    I buy many of my spices in bulk and they come in plastic containers. Much prefer glass for long term storage. They fill a drawer in my kitchen.

  44. 144

    I’m with you on those quilted jars. These are a great idea, I’d love to give them a try!

    I keep my spices in whatever boxes, bags and whatever they come in all over the place. Not ideal, I know.

    I find the longer I’m at this, the fewer spices I use because I enjoy letting the produce speak for itself more. Which means that I only keep a bunch, instead of a ton.

  45. 145

    All our spices are in little 1/2 pint and pint Ball jars in the designated spice cabinet. I keep a few out that I use everyday like cinnamon, hot pepper flakes, salt and pepper.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  46. 146
    Leslie says:

    I have so many spices that I have 2 areas for them. One is in a cupboard with 2 revolving shelves- one for savory & the other for baking spices. I also have a drawer that contains my collection of Penzey & speciality spices

  47. 147
    Dianna morales says:

    Wow, I had no idea they came out with these! They are so cute I just have to get me a while lot now! Can we say anniversary present! 😉 who doesn’t want the spice cabinet to look pretty, especially those of us who have a mix match of reused and recycled containers…thanks for the information and giveaway!

  48. 148
    Holly says:

    Oh my God,I am excited as you are!!!!I use jelly jars and punch holes in the top of the lid!!!!These are amazing,I would love some!!!!!

  49. 149
    Crystal says:

    I store my herbs and spices in glass jars with white lids that used to hold Amish jams. I purchsed them at the Flint Farmers’ Market, enjoyed eating the jams and then repurposed the jars which fit perfectly on the spice rack I bought years ago at an antique mall. 🙂

  50. 150
    Cat Slate says:

    I use ball jars for my spices. The 4oz jars for small batches and pints and quarts to store my bulk herbs. I even store my liquid Castile soap in them because I can get it locally made in bulk.