Giveaway: New Products from Ball Home Canning

March 15, 2016

New Ball Jars - Food in Jars

For the last several springs, Jarden Home Brands (maker of our beloved Ball Jars) has brought out limited edition colored jars as part of their Heritage Collection. The first year, they released pint sized blue jars with a regular mouth. In year two, we got green jars, in a wide mouth quart and a regular mouth pint. Last spring delivered purple jars in wide mouth quarts and regular mouth pints.

New Ball Product Line 2016 - Food in Jars

Sometime back in the fall, I’d heard that there wasn’t going to be a Heritage Collection this spring. I took that to mean that there wasn’t going to be any new products at all. Happily, I was very, very wrong. Late last week, two giant boxes filled with jar goodness landed on my doorstep. I’ve been looking forward to sharing the fun with you all, so let’s dig in.

New Blue Jars from Ball - Food in Jars

First up is all the new jars. I was delighted to see the new Collection Elite Color Series Jars, which currently come in blue and are available in regular mouth half pint, wide mouth pint, and wide mouth quart. What’s particularly exciting is that these jars are here to stay. They’re not a limited release like the previous Heritage Collections were. They’re sold in cases of four and the price ranges from $7.99 to 9.99.

New Half Gallon Ball Jar - Food in Jars

Next up is the Super-Wide Mouth Half Gallon Jar (the round jelly jar is just there to give you a sense of scale. We’ll talk about those in a minute). Much like the gallon version that’s been available for the last few years (I have two of them!) this jar is designed to be used for food storage, as a design element, and in crafting applications.

You could use these jars for refrigerator pickles and fermentation, but the lid isn’t designed to be in contact with acidic ingredients and would eventually corrode. I find these do best with dry goods or tea bags. This jar typically retails for $9.99. [Ball | Amazon]

Round Jelly Jars - Food in Jars

Now, to the round jelly jars, brought back by popular demand. Their official name is the Ball Collection Elite Design Series Jam Jar and this jar wasn’t been in production since 2006 (though you can often find them in thrift stores and at rummage sales). They hold 8 ounces of product, have a cheerful fruit-themed embossed exterior, and are sold in packages of four for $5.49.

Pour and Measure New Lids - Food in Jars

Also new to the product line this season are lids. You’ll find blue metallic lids and bands in the Collection Elite Color Series (in both regular and wide mouth) as well as a nifty new Pour & Measure Cap. I’m especially excited about the Pour & Measure Cap, because it offers a new way to serve from a mason jar.

The bottom half of the cap remains screwed onto the jar and the top half pulls off with a gentle tug, revealing two pouring options. I can see using it for milk (when you need room and so pour the remains of a bulky container into a smaller one) or homemade yogurt. The only thing I wish is that it had a silicone seal, to prevent any chance of leakage.

The blue lids and bands retail for $3.99 to 5.49. The Pour & Measure Cap costs $3.99 when purchased independently or $5.99 for a cap and jar combination.

Pour and Measure Cap - Food in Jars

Thanks to the good people at Jarden Home Brands/Ball Canning, I have one set of everything you see pictured in this post up for giveaway. You’ll get all the new blue jars, the super wide mouth half gallon, the round jelly jars (I’ll have another chance for you to win some of those in the coming weeks, as well), the blue metallic lids, and the pour cap to give away to a very lucky person. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and me which item in this post you’re most excited about
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Saturday, March 19, 2016. A winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, March 20, 2016.
  3. Giveaway open to United States only (so sorry!). Void where prohibited.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: Jarden Home Brands sent me everything you see pictured here for photography and review purposes. They’re also provided a second set for the giveaway. No additional compensation was provided. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. 

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729 thoughts on "Giveaway: New Products from Ball Home Canning"

  • I’m asking for Collection Elite Color Series Jars, for my birthday!! They will look adorable on display with all my garden goodies I can this summer.

  • I love the option of the blue jars. I already have a few and it’s easy to differentiate between things canned. I put one kind of pickles in clear jars and a second kind of pickles in the colored jars. I also love cap that allows you to pour! Very very cleaver! This is very exciting!

  • long ago I bought a starter set that came with the round Elite Designseries jam jars So happy they are back ?

  • I love the blue jars, but I’m really excited to see the half gallon jars. I didn’t know the came that large.

  • I love the super wide month half gallon jar. I can think of tons of things to put in it. My entire kitchen theme is Mason jars.

  • I am making jam for every guest at my wedding, and the new jam jars would be great for the bridal party’s jam!

  • OMG!!! I LOVE the blue jars!!! They are gorgeous. I also love the round jelly jar! Ugh. I love your blog, but this is just making me want to go spend money I have no business spending!!! Regardless – thank you for the new info!

  • I am most excited about the half gallon jars. They are great and I’d like to use them as a canister.
    Thank you!

  • I’m really excited about the round jelly jars. They look to be just the right size for some of the spices and herbs harvest. I’ve been using old peanut butter jars, but I need something small. These look just right.

  • I’m helping host a baby shower soon – it’s a boy – and the blue jars would be perfect!! I love the jelly jars, and I’m actually intrigued by the pour spout jar. Not quite sure how I feel about it, but this would be the way to find out!

  • I’m most excited about the round jelly jars- so cute and great for when giving homemade preserves as gifts.

  • I simply LOVE the colored jars (especially the blue ones), but I have to say that pour and measure cap has me really excited! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while and am glad to see that it’s finally here! This will make pouring liquids (like homemade almond milk) much easier. I can also see myself using it for sugar (making pouring it into a measuring cup that much easier).

    As for the jelly jars, those are the ones my mum always used, so they are a sentimental favorite. 🙂

  • I really like the blue jars too. Reminds me of a small blue jar with the wire closure that I somehow inherited when my great uncle passed away. It’s weird how the smallest things hold the most sentamental attachment.

  • I’m torn – I love the blue glass color, but also the round jelly jars are just too cute. Do I have to pick just one favorite???

  • Love the regular mouth, half pint, wide pint and wide mouth Quart jars!!! Loving the blue! Getting married in October of this year those would be amazing for Wedding!! I have some jelly jars but those ones are way cuter! ???????????????

  • I am so excited about the blue jars! They will go so well with my vintage collection! And blue lids will be perfect for graduation!

  • As excited as you are could you CHOOSE? I love all the new jars, especially the colored wide mouth options WooHoo

  • I’m most excited about the round little jam jars. So cute! I could see using them for (you guessed it) JAM!

  • Hands down, the winner for me is the Super Wide Mouth Half Gallon Jar which I would use for dry goods. How convenient to be able to fit a measuring cup through the mouth.

  • I love my Ball jars and all the lids I’ve found. The measure and pour jar looks like a winner. If I don’t win it, I will buy it!

  • The half-pint blue jars are absolutely beautiful. My jams would look gorgeous in those jars. I also love the new Super Wide Mouth Half Gallon jars. Perfect for the bathroom for cotton balls and Q-tips. Those Blue jars are absolutely beautiful though. Glorious is a good word to describe them.

  • I’d love to get my hands on the super wide mouth half gallon jar. It would be perfect for the dehydrated fruits I make during the summer!

  • i love the super wide mouth half gallon jar simply because i haven’t seen it before, and the measure and pour cap would definitely be useful. I’m in love with the colored jars. i have the purple quart and pint the blue pint and lots of the little jelly lars cause i pick them up at sales etc. i was hoping that we would be seeing red jars to go with the red lids and bands that are available. i am waiting please. this is a wonderful package and i would love to win it just for the half pint blues.

  • I started canning only 3 years ago (I’m 64) and have fallen in love with making my own produce for future use. I always froze my extras, but once I started wintering in AZ from SD it became nearly impossible to transport my bounty, thus the canning. I found jars in my mother’s basement & on garage sales, but would really like to have this freebie. Thanks you.

  • Wow I don’t even know which one I’m most excited about. If I HAD to choose I think it would have to be the half gallon jars. I could do so much with those. The rest are awesome too and I always need more jars!

  • I miss the round jam jars! My mom always used those growing up. Though the pour spout looks awesome and I’m glad the blue jars are going to be a permanent addition.

  • Luv luv luv the half gallon jar. I didn’t know they came out with that size. Perfect for pantry redo along with gallon size.

  • I am organizing my pantry using these jars of different sizes. The Pour and measure lids look very useful. They would come in handy when measuring and pouring dry ingredients such as flour or oatmeal from the jars.

  • I can’t decide… I think I will have to say my favorite is the pint. I love to make Jam and give it away!

  • Oh wow! It’s so hard to pick just one! I must say the blue jars are so beautiful and bring so much fun to food in jars! I would love to see things through the blue! A different perspective keeps things fresh and exciting! Also, I have some old blue canning jars I’ve found at thrift stores over the years that just sparkle to me! But all the other new products are wonderful and great additions!

  • The “new” blue jars are as close as I am going to get to Grandma Mary’s green canning jars. In the warm weather of summer Grandma would pour us each a glass of lemon aide into two of her green canning jars, add two chips of ice from the block of ice in the Ice box, then say, “Let go sit in the swing to relax a bit.” Beautiful memories.

  • I am most excited about the blue wide mouth pints & half pints. I have used the colored jars to store dried fruit & herbs, & the color in the glass has helped protect, especiallyt he herbs from as much exposure to light.

  • I am so excited about the pour and measure cap! I make salad dressings all the time and pouring them out of the jar is a little clunky. Also, I’m really hoping this means that there will be more jar lid adapters in the future.

  • If I hadn’t just purchased 3 large jars for storing flour, the super wide mouth half gallons would have been my favorite. Instead, I am totally crushing on those adorable round jam/jelly jars!

  • Super wide mouth 1/2 gallon! I want to transfer all my boxed tea into. Congrats on the new book! My came this week and I am so excited to try the cara cara jam!

  • Those Gallon Jars look great for home storage. I like to store my stuff in clear containers I can immediately see the contents of. I’m getting into nut flours while I store in smaller quarts but I can see putting larger, bulkier things in them like cookies.

    But what I am really excited about is the round jam jars. I actually have one and have been keeping it for myself when I make jam. That is the one jar I do not give away. I’m excited to see them back and will buy quite a few this year.

    I do have the purple jars from last year with matching lids. Also have blue quart jars with matching lids and green pint jars with matching lids.

    I might pick up some of those small blue regular mouth jars too. I don’t have them and if they’re not limited editions those I will use for jam giveaways.

  • I am most excited about the jam jars. They look amazing and so festive. Also excited about the wide mouth pint in blue. I love the color jars and these will be very useful for drinks.

  • I’m most excited about the round jelly jars because I only have two that I found at Goodwill – and the blue jars – so pretty with the matching lids!

  • The 1/2 gallon jar since I keep my flours in gallon jars (nut flours) and my ‘add in’s’ in either quart or pint jars but the ones I use more often I go through and have to keep refilling so the 1/2 gallon would be a delight! Love the green pour spout and the jelly jars but honestly, I have a thing for jars………so how can a girl go wrong?

  • I really liked the blue jars, then saw the round jelly jars and liked them better. What an awesome gift pack! Thank you for the offer to your readers.

  • Love the 1/2gallon jars. Hats to find and they are great in the pantry. The measure and pour would be so handy for any number of things!

  • I’m most excited about the pouring top and the jelly jars. I would use the pouring top as a milk container as you mentioned, as well as to hold syrup from the big Costco jugs. I have some of the jelly jars and didn’t even realize they’ve been out of production for ten years. I think they are cute and I like them a lot.

  • Marisa and Jarden Home Brands/Ball Canning you have givenso much information in each use! I love my Ball Jars and the options for different sizes used for canning and for dry storage. I do love the Blue Jars I can give a batch of homemade salsa, spaghetti sauce, green beans or other things in a pretty jar, but I also love that I put them on the counter for sugar. So many uses for sure all over the home from q-tips and cotton balls to paint brush holders, the colors and sizes are fun and versatile!