Giveaway: Four Ounce Smooth Sided Jars from Fillmore Container

September 24, 2012(updated on October 3, 2018)

solo four ounce jar

Over the years that I’ve been canning, I’ve acquired a fairly vast assortment of jars. Some of the basic type that can be picked up at any grocery or hardware store, while others are older models that can only be found at yard sales and secondhand shops.

Whenever I take pictures of my preserves in these vintage jars, I’m asked to name the source of these pretty jars. Most of the time, I end up disappointing the questioner when I confess that I picked up the jars in question at a tag sale in rural Pennsylvania some years back.

smooth sides close-up

Happily, today is going to be a little different. The jars I’m showing off in these photos aren’t vintage and impossible to find. These four-ounce, smooth-sided jars are from Fillmore Container, cost just $3.99 a dozen and are quite easy to order (the shipping can get spendy though, so consider pairing up with a friend to keep it affordable).

When I first discovered these jars, I was ridiculously happy (yes, I do realize that it’s a little silly to have one’s joy level attached to the accessibility of a particular canning jar, but it’s me we’re talking about). You see, while I’ve always appreciated having the four-ounce jar as an option in my canning, I’ve never liked the quilted finish that Ball uses on that size. I’d seen photos of these smooth-sided quarter pints in the past, but I wasn’t sure how to get my hands on some.

labeled smooth sided jar

Then, back in August, Lisa Reinhart from Fillmore Container came to my canning demo at Lemon Street Market in Lancaster City and brought a dozen of these smooth-sided little jars with her. I was over the moon (particularly since she sent me home with the box). I’ve since used them for all manner of things from basic canning projects to spice storage (without the quilting, it’s much easier to tell the dried basil from the oregano with just a glance).

I also love the absence of pattern because it means that there are far fewer limitations when it comes to labeling these jars. Instead of being tethered to a small label, you can devise a longer sticker that bends around the entirety of the jar. Or, you can use one of the new stickers from Ball that dissolves when soaked (that’s what I’m using above), but not worry about placing it precisely in the area designed for it.

As you start to plan your holiday gift giving, consider this size for your projects. I am certain that my Pear Vanilla Jam would look gorgeous in these jars, as would any number of chutneys, jellies and syrups.

four ounce comparison

As you can see from the photo above, these smooth-sided jars (on the left) are little squatter than the quilted versions. However, they hold the same amount and the conventional two-piece lids fit them perfectly. That said, if you want to go for a different look, Fillmore also sells one-piece lids that are designed for boiling water bath canning as well. They come in red, green, yellow, black, white, silver and gold and are quite easy to use (I’ll have a tutorial on using one-piece lids up later this week).

Thanks to Fillmore Container, I have a case of 12 jars and 12 one-piece lids (winner gets to choose the color) to give away to one reader of this blog. Here’s what you do to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me how you’d use these four-ounce, smooth-sided jars.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Friday, September 28, 2012. Winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog over the weekend.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.

Finally, make sure to click on over to the Fillmore Container blog. They have a little interview with me up there right now and have a signed copy of my book, along with my favorite blossom trivet, to give away as well.

Disclosure: Fillmore Container gave me a dozen of these jars and lids to try out and they’re also providing the same for this giveaway. However, my opinions are uninfluenced by the gift and my opinions are entirely my own. 

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1,262 thoughts on "Giveaway: Four Ounce Smooth Sided Jars from Fillmore Container"

  • I’m thinking herbs from my garden that I’m drying and squirreling away for the winter. I agree that it would be easier to tell the difference between them with the smooth sides and no quilting pattern…..

  • I’m new to canning at 70 years old, been doing it for three years now. I can the usual, pickles, peaches, rhubarb sauce. This year, I branched out and made rhubarb-carrot-citrus jam. The friends I gave 1/2 pint jars to freaked out in sensory delight. I would like to give smaller jars of this jam as gifts. Thus the post.

  • I would love to use them for Red and Green “Christmas” Pepper Jelly! The colors would look great with the smooth sides!

  • i would probably use these the same as the quilted, little applesauce cups for my husbands work lunches and small batch jams for gifts!

  • Your apple cranberry jam of course. My aunt has been wanting me to make more since your Greensgrow canning class last fall

  • My goal is to start being more adventurous with my canning. Having smaller jars would allow me have more variety!

  • There are crabapple trees all over town whose fruit just falls as a slippery nuisance. I’d fill jars with crabapple spice jelly and crabapple butter!

  • I would use these for gifts. I’m big on making jams or fruit butters to give as gifts, but it kills me to give 8 or 16 oz jars away. I can share more of the love in 4 oz jars!

  • Cherry jam!! Then, I’d use them to reorganize and beautify the spice rack. Then, clean organize the makeup basket, and all kinds of organizing around the house – the junk drawer. Obviously, I could go on and on.

  • I would use these for my new hobby (or should I say “obsession”) with canning and preserving just about anything. How about the new rose hip jelly I just made? Or maybe for the sun-dried tomatoes with garlic and capers? Or no, wait, how about the green tomato relish? With this many jars, I could do it all!

  • While these are the perfect size to hold a glittery pair of burlesque pasties…. I would also use them for my famous hot pepper jelly. The peppers are coming in fierce and looking for a home, and all year friends have been asking for more! The smooth sides on these jars would really show off nicely what is inside… be it glittery or not 😉

  • I would use them for pomegranate jelly. The clean sides would show off the beautiful ruby red clear color of the jelly.

  • I too just squealed with delight when I saw these adorably perfect little jars. I need them for my hard sauce which I make to accompany my homemade fruitcakes!

  • In recent years, I’ve been doing a fair amount of canning for gifts for the holiday season (Christmas, Yule, etc.). That’s what I’d love these jars for- making small amounts of very special treats to give the people I love.

  • I would use these little jars with the one piece lids to store my spices that I buy in bulk. How perfect! Thanks for the chance to win~

  • I love canning in 4oz jars…in these, I would probably m!ake one last batch of jalapeno jelly, or maybe a jalapeno-apple jelly for christmas gifts. My mother-in-law would fight someone for a jar, so I always make plenty

  • I saw those jars before on the Fillmore Container website. They sure are nifty. I think a nice cran-apple jelly would be perfect in them.

  • These are perfect for holiday jam/jelly gifting, but also for tiny dorm fridges. I would use these to make small portions of relishes, sauces & jams to give to my sister & cousin (both of who are living in dorms :))

  • These would be great for spicy chinese chili oil! Show off the beautiful color and just the right size so you know not to douse your food!

  • Jalapeno peppers are in season! I’d make jalapeno pepper jelly and then gift them at the holidays with crackers and cream cheese.

  • I use the little quarter pint jars for everything! Since my husband and I are empty nesters, we cook in smaller quantities and end up with small bits of leftovers and these little jars are great to use instead of plastic. I also use to store my pesto and tomato chutney. Finally, I freeze small amounts of chopped green onions, various types of peppers.

  • These jars would be perfect for holding my Christmas jellies. I prepare baskets each year for my children and grandchildren.

  • I would love to dump my old store-bought spices and refresh using these little jars and fill them with organic FRESH spices from my local health food store: The Honest Weight Food Coop. They are perfect for that since they look STACKABLE!

  • Definitely for spice storage! I was part of an herb share this summer and dried pretty much all of my herbs and you’re right about the quilting, its hard to tell whats inside!

  • I love these little jars, my head is spinning with ideas! Jams, relishes, butters, sauces you name it! I made a great roasted tomato pizza sauce that would be great in these to give as gifts! I love to collect fun jars!

  • I plan on making small batches of syrups, jellies and even some natural healing salves for my family and these little jars would be perfect! My intention to make a small sampler and these jars look sleek which I like a while lot better.

  • Fantastic– I do a lot of bartering and would use them to make sample-sizes for tasting. What a great product to discover, thanks!

  • Oh the possibilities of what I could use these for. Making jams and jellies, trying out new recipes. Maybe make some bacon jam for the hubby since he wants me to try it out. Or maybe figure out another crafty way to use them. Who knows. I sure would love to have them.

  • I searched all season for 4 oz jars and couldn’t find any! I wanted the 4 oz size to give as gifts to people, to share the harvest and let them see how delicious canning could be! This was my first ever season of canning. I can’t wait for many more years to come. I am hooked!

  • Perfect for gift giving! Would make great gifts for all my co-workers. Maybe some apple butter or honey mustard would look nice in these…

  • I watched my sister do her canning the other night and now I’m hooked! These jars will be good for the my first batch.

  • I would use these jars for several things. Snacks for my daughter to bring in her lunch to school. Jams or jellies. Dried herbs. Seasoning mixes for meat rubs. Carmel dip with an apple on top in a gift bag.

  • These would make the most wonderful Christmas jelly and jam jars. I always make gift baskets for everone at Christmas, and fill them with jams,jelly and fresh baked goodies.

  • My husband’s family does a sweet-swap every christmas, and this year, I’ve been thinking of changing it up and making a super spicy-sweet peach salsa, and packaging it with homemade chips and some really dark chocolate. Or a nip of tequila!

  • This is a little different, but these look perfect for putting some homemade ointment/balm in! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • I think they’re the perfect size for a mix-n-match gift set. Perhaps a variety of curds? (Lemon, Lime, and that delicious Orange Vanilla curd from your book!!)

  • I love to use 4 oz. jars for syrups, and things I know I’m going to gift. Last week, I baked pie in my 4 oz. jars. It was so cute, and a great “portion control” 🙂

  • I’d use these jars for spices and jams and anything else that needs a small jar like the balsamic fig preserves I made yesterday and had to use the ball 4 oz. I’d much prefer these. Thanks!

  • With these containers, I would make my own jams and condiments and store them in them for a great portion size grab. I would also use them for get togethers and put cute labels on them, or give them as gifts to my close friends; a fresh gift from the heart.

  • These would be perfect for my tomato jam…and this late summer has been perfect for my tomatoes. What a perfect combination if I were to win them! 🙂

  • I am new to to canning! I am looking for the perfect size to experiement with all the wild berries we have in our front yard (Alaska)…these are perfect!

  • I would love to have those little jars to use for canning pepper relish. The recipe has been passed down from my great grandmother. Thanks for the chance!

  • these would be perfect for condiments. Things you only use a little bit at a time. And so darn cute to look at stacked in your cupboard.

  • I think I would use them for my salts ~ so far, cherry-smoked salt, lemon salt, vanilla salt and chili salt. Also a perfect size for fig jam!

  • As a new “canner”, I would love to have these cute jars! My wonderful mom taught me the canning basics this year and I have taken off to canning! I would love to put some of my peach, pear or apple jam in these adorable jars and give them as gifts at Christmas. Thanks!

  • I am just beginning to realize the many different styles of jars out there, and I love them all! I’ve never canned before, and I have yet to grow the garden I dream of. I’m a single mom and going to school right now, but I plan to learn all I can about growing my own food and canning it. Thank you for this opportunity to start my collection of beautiful jars!

  • These would be perfect for mustard – which looks odd in the quilted jars. I like to be able to see all of the little grains, sage, whatever is in there!

  • I’d love to put jams in these and give as gifts! I’ve been thinking about drying some of my own spices and they would be a perfect size!! Love them…..they’re so cute!!

  • Perfect small jars for holiday gifts. I would send an assortment to my friend’s Aunt Molly who opened a jar of Dapple Dandy Pluot jam and ate the entire jar and didn’t share — when you are 86, it is allowed.

  • The smooth sides will show off the product so much better! Jalepeno jelly (recipe from Baby Loves Jellies) with yellow habanero flakes will look marvelous in these jars. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • I love the look and size of these jars! I would use them for spices, as well as canning Concord Grape Jelly and Pear Relish, two of my favorites. I just discovered your site a few weeks ago and LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing all your fun and delicious recipes.

  • These would be perfect for my first attempt at making jam! I found your site a few days ago and I must say that I am hooked and want to try canning now!!!