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 byΒ Familia WissΒ 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. I would definitely make some jams using fruit from the farmers market. I definitely go through berry withdrawal during the late winter, and my freezer can only store so much!

  2. They’re so elegant! I’d have to put something elegant in them… Maybe a preserve featuring black raspberries and vanilla.

  3. Goodness, those are lovely!
    I’ve been doing more pressure canning lately, so I would probably use them for that — sturdy sounds good.

  4. I love them! I would use them for jam — with whatever fruit is coming in at the moment. Right now I have so many blueberries! πŸ™‚

  5. I love unique jars and have many old canning jars. I’d probably use these for my own stash of jam rather than using them for gifts.

  6. I’m always making things from my hydroponic garden so I need lots of jars. Today I made tomato sauce and ran out of jars

  7. Jam and more jam. There is something special about canning jars. They show the final product, but also show the thought and heart of the maker(s).

  8. I want to can meats this summer. These jars would be just the thing for small batch canning of single servings.

  9. I love the double lid idea! I’d use these for canning, but probably most often just for everyday food storage.

  10. They look lovely. I think the lid system makes so much more sense. But do the lids rust like the rings do? Will regular Ball flat lids fit on these jars?

    I’ll bet my strawberry rose geranium jam would be great in these.

  11. These jars are bautiful. WOuld love to have them on my shelf and then to fill them with deliciousness

  12. What an innovative top! Pickle-making season is starting. That’s what I would make. Nice wide tops would make it easy to pack.

  13. I agree about the prettiness of a jar leading to more thoughtful preservation. I have a few jars I set aside for special jams and preserves every year. In winter, when I give in to eating them, they are that much more enjoyable.

  14. I would use these beautiful jars for jam made with all the gorgeous summer fruit available at the Farmers Markets right now.

  15. I can always use canning jars to make Bread N Butter Jalapeno pickles or some jam and jellies
    Thank You

  16. I would use these gorgeous jars for anything and everything! They would make elegant gifts filled with my Meyer Lemon marmalade, for starters…

  17. With these I’d think I’d have to do something special….4 of them seems to lend itself to something like brandied cherries! A couple jars to gift and a couple jars to keep!

  18. I LOVE jars…I might need an intervention, but these are just so adorable and I love that lid system. So intrigued by these!

  19. I would probably stare at them for a couple months because they’re just so pretty! And then maybe I’d make some marmalade in the fall!

  20. These would be good for honeyed apricots, I think, or the cherry tomato conserve recipe my cousin shared with me. Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. We have a wide variety of plants in our garden this year, and lots of berries, so I would use them any way I could! And maybe we would have more success than some of our conventional brand lids. Thank you!

  22. I have a raspberry patch so plan on making raspberry jam for as long as I can. I would love to try these sturdy jars.

  23. These are so beautiful! I’d use the fresh peaches coming into peak season where I live and make a peach bourbon brown sugar jam.

  24. Qt & a half is my fave size of all time. I’d probably make some marinara sauce and lay down a few jars of peach halves. Thanks for the chance to try them. Love your review

  25. These look beautiful! I would use them for my favorite raspberry-orange jam that I make every summer! Fingers crossed. Thanks for sharing!

  26. These jars are lovely…perfect for my future batch of currant mint jelly!
    And you’re right about the new Ball jars bursting at times…I cherish the old ones I have inherited.

  27. Beautiful jars……I will have a very hard time sharing my bounty when I use these jars!!! I would add a “please return this jar” label.

  28. Yep, I’m one of those people who regularly has exploding Ball jars. It’s the worst when I pour a smoothie into one of them for my son and the bottom just falls out. What the heck! I would love to try these jars. Thanks!

  29. I am also trying to be more conscious of how much I preserve this year. I have had to throw away lots of old pickles after I was too ambitious and my garden was prolific.

  30. I would use them for pickles,since cucumber season should be starting soon. I have plenty of jam jars left but not a lot of larger ones. Thanks for the opportunity!

  31. These are indeed beautiful jars. As for the cost, my grandfather used to say, “The memory of quality lingers, long after the price has been forgotten.”

  32. Our garden is producing so much that I need to make some tomato sauce, pickled banana peppers and jalapeΓ±os!

  33. I’m making a lot of stuff – jam, tomato sauce, salsa, pickles – they would be great for all of these things. So pretty!

  34. My tomato plants are huge thus year so I am hoping for lots to use fir pizza sauce. These jars would lovely

  35. These are beautiful! They’d be great for gifting, as I usually mail a jar of something canned to my relatives out of state. The sturdiness would make me feel a lot better about them arriving safely.

  36. The lid set up is a neat idea. I would use these for all of the beautiful jams I am making with the seasonal fruit in Oregon!

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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!

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

  41. 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!

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

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

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

  50. 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.

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

  52. 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

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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!

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

  57. For my husband and I, it always seems a pint is too small and a quart – too large, so these would be the perfect size for tomato sauce and stewed tomatoes as well as soups!

  58. Thanks for the heads up! I’ve been looking for some nice jars that appeal to me for gift-giving. I would probably use a few in each batch just for gifting and my own use. Most of my sharing and swapping can be done using Ball/Kerr jars that I know I won’t get back anyway.

  59. I would use these to make the most beautiful and colorful soups with all the colors of summer and fall produce.

  60. I’ve dipped my toes into the canning pool and put up 3 pints of cucumber pickles. Bought some seconds today and have to plan the next batch.

  61. I think I’d use the 750 ml jars to put up spicy dilly beans. I didn’t make anywhere near enough last year so a bigger jar sounds like a great idea!

  62. Beautiful jars, and boy, are they pricey! I’d probably use them for long pickled things… asparagus or carrots… or storage.

  63. These jars are cool! I’d probably make something vibrant like strawberry jam so they can be front and center in the pantry.

  64. I am a farmer, and honestly it’s hard to make time to preserve in our busy season! It’s so frustrating when I finally make a batch of something, only to have jars break in the canner. I’d love to have the reliability of these sturdy looking jars. Making cherry jam this evening. πŸ™‚

  65. The Familia Wiss jars are absolutely beautiful! It’s sad to think Ball jars aren’t as sturdy anymore. I’d use these jars to make some Sweet Pickled Banana Peppers :).

  66. I have fallen in love with blackberry syrup, so my jars will be filled to the brim with it. A drizzle over plain yogurt, and topped with mango and coconut flakes in January (or anytime) is my favorite way to start the day.

  67. It’s hard to say how I would use these jars… I totally get the idea of being thoughtful. I might do a pickle of some sorts for the hubs, I might save them for the next batch of boozy plums, or I might even make the leap into purchasing a home freeze dryer and use these for storing freeze dried produce from our urban farm.

  68. I can think of two ways to use them right away! Since they have no shoulders, they are ideal for freezing soups and sauces. I would use them for my homemade red chile sauce and for a new asparagus soup recipe I found. They would also work very well for rendering lard–wide, easy to fill opening, then super easy to dip spatula into & scrape out last bit with their straight sides. Thank you Marisa for introducing these jars to us, and for your thorough review! They seem very sturdy.

  69. These look like great jars for tomato sauce. I absolutely love the solid lid that means you don’t have to deal with a two-piece lid and rim after opening them!

  70. They’re so pretty! I’d make a jam (probably raspberry) or a citrus curd (probably key lime, though lemon is much prettier).

  71. These jars really are beautiful! I’m intrigued by the two-stage lid, very different than any other lids on the market that I can think of. Honestly not sure if I’d use them for canning or storage.

  72. Very nice jars! I’d be inspired to pickle some okra and green beans, and of course make some jam with the beautiful blackberries and peaches that are in season now.

  73. I’m trying to banish the plastic containers from my home, so these would be mostly used for food storage, leftovers, and overnight oatmeal.

  74. I’d use these for the big batches of roasted corn salsa that I’ll be making now that my CSA is sending corn!

  75. I’m just learning to preserve this year through the FIJ challenge, so I’d love to try canning with these beautiful jars!

  76. Pickles are the next canning job for me. I bought some yummy little cucumbers at the farmers market. Thanks for the giveaway.

  77. I use my jars for everything from actually canning to storing leftovers to drinking glasses to decoration.
    They always have a place πŸ˜€

  78. Not sure what I would put in them, maybe dry goods to keep the jars where I can see them in my kitchen. If I am not greedy, then something I will be giving away.

  79. These jars are gorgeous! My tomato plants are all but falling over with green fruit–I think I’m going to have a LOT of sauce to can once they all ripen. Thanks for doing this giveaway!

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