Giveaway: Le Parfait Familia Wiss 750 mL Canning Jars

A little over a year ago, when I was traveling up the west coast promoting Naturally Sweet, I stopped in at Down to Earth in Eugene for a demo and book signing. Before we got started, I took a moment to wander through their canning section. They had all the familiar jars and tools, but they also had a massive array of Le Parfait jars.

I wanted to fill the car with an array of those graceful, sturdy jars, but sadly, I was 3,000 miles from home and driving my parents’ station wagon. I was fairly certain that they would not appreciate it if I rolled up to their house with a wayback full of French preserves jars and asked them to keep them in the garage until I could find a way to get them back to Philadelphia.

Now, Le Parfait makes several lines of jars. Most of us are familiar with the Super Jars with their rubber gaskets and locking lids (I particularly love their Super Terrines for dry goods). And you may have used or spotted their Jam Jars (they have lug lids and look much like the jars you buy Bonne Maman jam in). But it was their Familia Wiss line that most captured my attention.

The reason that I was so charmed byย Familia Wissย is that they are functional canning jars that are incredibly durable and beautiful. They have really wide mouths, making packing and filling a dream. They come in a wider array of sizes than regular mason jars (200, 350, 500, 750, 1000, and 1500 mL). And I found the sealing system so smart and reasonable.

Instead of using a lid and ring like our standard two-piece system, these jars use a flat lid and a fully encapsulating lid. The metal is heavier, they’re less prone to rusting, and seal that’s produced is incredibly strong. When you open up the jar to eat the contents, you can discard the flat lid and just use the cap for storage (they also sell bright orange plastic lids that fit these jars, which are a fun option for storing pantry items).

Once you understand how the basics of how the lids work, you can approach these Familia Wiss jars the same way that you do any other mason jar. You want to use new lids for each round of canning (and they can be ordered here). They should be clean but don’t need to be boiling prior to use. And like any other jar, once the jar has cooled and the seal is achieved, you can remove the outer lid and store the jars with just their sealed flat lid.

There is one downside to the Le Parfait Familia Wiss jars and that’s their cost. They come at a higher price than we’re typically accustomed to paying for canning jars. At first I bristled at the idea of paying more for jars, but I’m starting to think that they’re worth the price.

For one thing, they’re so much stronger than the grocery store jars. I hear from people on a near-daily basis about brand new Ball jars breaking in the canner. I can’t imagine that ever happening with a Le Parfait Familia Wiss jar. They are just so darn tough. And since I know that canning is something I’m going to continue to do across my lifetime, investing in gear that will pull its weight for the long haul doesn’t bother me.

The other thing is that I believe that working with higher quality jars leads to a more thoughtful approach to food preservation. Sometimes I preserve simply because I got a good deal or I start to feel that summertime panic that everything is currently in season and I MUST. PUT. UP. However, as I strive to be more conscious and preserving with an eye towards using up (rather than stockpiling), choosing the strong, beautiful jars that happen to be a little more expensive feels like a good choice.

This week, I’m partnering with the Le Parfait folks on a promotion and a giveaway. Two lucky people will each win a set of four 750 mL Le Parfait Familia Wiss jars (use the widget below to enter). These jars hold the same volume as the pint and a half jars that so many of us find particularly useful!

If you want to try some of the Le Parfait Familia Wiss jars and don’t want to take your chances on the giveaway, you can head over to Amazon, browse the size options, and use the code FOODNJAR for 5% off your order (the code is good through the end of July).

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251 Responses to Giveaway: Le Parfait Familia Wiss 750 mL Canning Jars

  1. 151
    J.R. Johnson says:

    Today? Store the sand and shells I picked up on vacation, with a couple of them. Tomorrow? Who knows?

  2. 152
    Jayne Chandler says:

    I would love to have this set for my first summer of preserving both elder flowers and elderberry sauces and syrups. I have spent years grooming a wild elderberry grove in my yard. Now I’m ready to reap the benefits.

  3. 153
    Tracy Dowds says:

    Raspberry Jam!

  4. 154

    These sound fantastic. Coincidentally, just yesterday we had two extra pints of cherries out of a bunch from Costco that we hadn’t eaten yet. I suggested canning them so we didn’t feel obligated to gobble more than we wanted to. Mom and I were SHOCKED when the jar bottom exploded off the jar when we immersed it in the water bath. It was filled with cold packed cherries with hot juice over top (cherries at room temp). This has NEVER happened before. Obviously Ball has switched to the less stable silica just like Pyrex has (we had a 4c measuring cup explode last year). It’s amazing to me that a JAR company would be so stupid.

    I’d be thrilled to use these to can our corn-peach salsa we still need to put up this year. What a joy these jars must be to use. They’re on my list to buy in bulk if I win the lottery, lol. (I’m guessing shipping them to Canada in bulk will be expensive, lol) Thanks for the giveaway, your site is a joy to visit.

  5. 155
    Jessica says:

    So many options, but in the summer, always have one filled with iced tea or lemonade in the fridge would be perfect. They’re lovely!

  6. 156
    Sara says:

    It looks like a good peach year, so I’d use them for peach salsa, peach bourbon marmalade, or peach bbq sauce!

  7. 157
    Julia in Byron says:

    Cherry jam for sure.

  8. 158
    Stephanie says:

    I’m thinking of a mixed fruit jam, I just got a bunch of amazing berries and I am going to be adventurous and mix them up!

  9. 159
    Courtney says:

    I’d make some apricot jam!

  10. 160
    Carrie Pieszak says:

    Just.adorable jars! I could can so much with those! Oh my!

  11. 161
    Jen says:

    Ooh these are so pretty! I’d definitely use them for the “guest” jam that comes out when we have company. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. 162
    Suze Clark says:

    Have half bushel South Carolina peaches and 10 pounds of blueberries to process. Many options are available spiced peaches, blueberry jam just to name a few.

  13. 163
    Katie says:

    I would hole on to them until January and make some beautiful orange marmalade with organic oranges from my friend’s tree. It would look gorgeous in these jars.

  14. 164
    Cecile says:

    These jars are lovely. I would use them for pickling and for jams.

  15. 165
    Sue R. says:

    I would love to use them for canning salsas.

  16. 166
    Carmen says:

    These would be great for homemade applesauce!

  17. 167
    Kate Powell says:

    Love these jars! I use them for chili peppers

  18. 168
    Tricia says:

    Strawberry jam……

  19. 169
    Beth says:

    Oooh, these are so pretty… and smart sounding! I’m looking forward to making tomato sauce (my first attempt) later this summer, once Massachusetts gets plentiful tomatoes.

  20. 170
    Kate says:

    What would I use them for? One word. Peaches. All day, everyday, peaches. Jam, jelly, in syrup. The only thing I want when summer is over.

  21. 171
    SusanL says:

    I love Le Parfait. I have a number of their Super Jars, which I have been collecting over a number of years. These jars sound fabulous, although like another commenter, getting them in Canada is probably cost prohibitive.

  22. 172
    Martha K says:

    Love these jars. I’d use them for jams and relishes.

  23. 173
    Wenonah says:

    I would love to use the jars for my first jam making attempt!

  24. 174
    Monica Spina says:

    These are great looking jars. Would love them for corn relish or apple sauce.

  25. 175
    Nancy Beaufait says:

    Bread and butter pickles would be delightfully delicious in these jars! I’d love to own a few.

  26. 176
    Kathleen says:

    Don’t know where to begin next …that is when it comes to canning. On Saturday (July 15) i will be harvesting fresh peaches. So Monday I will be doing peaches (smile). I can hardly wait to start my sauces. They would look very nice in these new jars. Let the fun begin.

  27. 177
    Nicole Javaly says:

    These look fun and lovely!

  28. 178
    aneelee says:

    having just dealt with failed seals, i love these lids (and jars)! would be perfect for canning salsa batches. ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. 179
    Madge says:

    Just finished canning pickled turnips and will be pickling okra next. The size of these jars sounds better for jam.

  30. 180
    Carolsue says:

    I would make Strawberry or Blueberry jam

  31. 181
    katklaw777 says:

    I would use them for making my gooseberry jam, pickling and storage…thanks.

  32. 182
    Angela saver says:

    I would use these for Blueberry jam. Thanks!

  33. 183
    ayesha says:

    I usually make some kind of jam or marmalade each summer, so these look like they’d be perfect for that!

  34. 184
    Vera K says:

    I have tons of berries. I think I would make blackberry jam.

  35. 185
    K Alwin says:

    I’ve also had new jars explode recently. I’d love the 750ml size for canning peaches, as we never quite finish a quart in one sitting. Or maybe currants, as ours are red & gorgeously ripe right now.

  36. 186
    SouthernAtHeart says:

    What clever and lovely jars they are! I have never heard of them before and cant wait to add some into my life.

  37. 187
    Marshall says:

    I have a big patch of tomato plants and I know I will be overrun in a months time. These jars will come in handy

  38. 188
    Chris S. says:

    These jars look gorgeous! I’ve never heard of them before and I’m always intrigued by new sources of jars and canning gear. I’ve got a great big batch of tomatoes ripening in my garden right now and I think some salsa would look terrific in some of these jars.

  39. 189
    Lauren says:

    I’d use it for pizza sauce. We’re perfecting our pizza making skills on the grill, which is so much better than in the kitchen during the summer, and I’d love to make use of all the great tomatoes available now to enjoy all year round.

  40. 190

    What beautiful jars! I would probably use this larger size for dilly beans.

  41. 191
    Sarah T says:

    Wow! Those are BEAUTIFUL jars ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. 192
    kim murphy says:

    Beautiful jars! I would love to give them a try!

  43. 193
    Ann says:

    It’s getting close to time for gooseberry jam in my house, and maybe also some apricot butter.

  44. 194
    Beth V. says:

    My beloved apricot jam would look so nice in these. And we planted a ton of beans and cucs so dilly beans and pickles for sure!

  45. 195
    Brandee says:

    I would love a good set of jars – with lids – to use as storage for various dry goods (beans, lentils, rice, etc)

  46. 196
    Emily Shifrin says:

    Those jars are beautiful. I would love to can my mixed berry jam or orange marmalade in them.

  47. 197
    Emily says:

    I don’t do a lot of canning these days, but I would probably do peaches or ketchup!

  48. 198
    Marsha says:

    Cherry compote!

  49. 199
    Sandy says:

    Something with tomatoes!

  50. 200
    Deena says:

    Peaches from a local farm

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