Giveaway: New Heritage Collection Blue Jars from Ball

March 12, 2013(updated on October 3, 2018)

Ball Heritage Jars

In the last few years, many of my favorite things that were once rare and only available in thrift stores and junk shops have been reissued. First there were the Pint & Half jars that came back last winter. Then Dansk from back their classic Kobenstyle cookware (according to The Kitchn, there’s more to come in that product line this season!). Now Ball has brought back blue glass canning jars. Be still my heart!

heritage jars from above

These Heritage Collection Pints are a limited edition jar, that has been issued to mark the 100th anniversary of the Perfect Mason, the original jar designed and produced by the Ball brothers. They’re not exact reproductions of those first jars, but do a lovely job at evoking an earlier age of home food preservation.

New and Old Jars

The shape of these new jars is identical to the regular mouth Ball pint jars currently on the market. They have measure marks along the sides in both cups and milliliters, come in sets of six, and are absolutely safe for home canning. As you can see from the photo above, the color is not an exact match to the jars of yesteryear, but it’s quite close. They also have a little commemorative note embossed on the back.

Vintage-style Jars, front and back

One thing to note about these jars is that they truly are limited. When they’re gone, they’re gone. If you want to add these to your pantry, make sure to pick some up sooner rather than later. You can currently order them from Fillmore Container. The Fresh Preserving Store and Amazon have them available for pre-order and should be fulfilling orders soon. I’ve not seen them in the wild yet, but I’ve heard that they will be stocked in brick and mortar stores.

Thanks to the nice folks at Ball, I have one box of these pretty jars to give away to a lucky Food in Jars reader (make sure to follow the Ball Facebook page and Pinterest account to be the first to know about future limited edition jars). If you want to enter, here’s what to do:

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share a blue glass jar memory or experience. If you don’t have any fond remembrances about blue glass jars, share how you’d use these new jars in your home.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Friday, March 15, 2013. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog over the weekend.
  3. Giveaway open to US residents only (so sorry, my further-flung readers).
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.
Disclosure: The publicist for Jarden Home Brands gave me a box of these jars to review and is providing a second box for the giveaway. They did not pay for inclusion on the blog and my opinions remain entirely my own. 

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1,382 thoughts on "Giveaway: New Heritage Collection Blue Jars from Ball"

  • I remember grandad had so many different jars full of everything imaginable. Nails, screws, tacks all filled the shelves in blue and clear jars of all sizes.
    I want to explore many of my canning recipes to see what looks best in blue glass.

  • I don´t have memories of this jars but I´m new to canning (got a book a few days ago and looking forward to use it!). I´ll use them to make jam.

  • I only have one vintage blue jar, and I’d give a good deal to have this collection because it was my family who started the Ball company. My maiden name is Ball, and it was a distant cousin who branded the jars that I love. I live in the tradition of my family, of preserving good food in good jars for all the right reasons. The Blue Ball jars are my heritage, too.

  • I’m hoping to get my first crop of cherries this year, and they’d be lovely in a light syrup in blue jars.

  • My grandmother canned all her foods for the winter and sometimes we would use
    the old blue ball jars and she would smile as to how pretty the food would look in
    the blue jars- so special.

  • My mom had some blue ball jars that she was handed down from her mom. They became our storage jars and some of them had chipped tops, but we still used them
    for rice, beans and other pantry items, they looked so pretty on the shelves and
    here years later, they are now in vogue.

  • I love these new jars. How pretty they will look on my pantry shelves. My mom used blue jars that she had from her mom to can with, so these bring back some special
    memories for me. They look like jewerly for your kitchen.

  • I’m relatively new to canning although my mom canned a lot when we were little. For the life of me I can’t remember ever seeing a blue canning jar, but recently saw some vintage ones at a friend’s home and loved them. This shade of blue is my favorite color and I’d use the jars for lots of things – storage of bulk food, flowers and yes, maybe even canning.

  • These are so beautiful. Definitely not jars to use as cereal bowls or tupperware, which is what tends to happen to the rest of my mason fleet. These are more festive. I’d probably put one on vase duty, use a few for packaging food gifts like granola, and one as a pitcher for water or homemade sodas at parties in the summer.

  • I love these! Never had any of my own. I would put some flowers in one, and then jams and pickles and chutneys in the others. Lovely!

  • Those are beautiful. I remember seeing old blue jars, but I don’t remember ever owning one, but I would love to.

  • I know I enjoy seeing the old blue jars at flea markets but I don’t remember them from my childhood right off. I am planning to do some canning this summer – which I’ve never done before! I’m thinking some pickles and pickled green beans and strawberry jam.

  • Finding these jars at garage sales and using them around the house as containers.. They are so cheery in windows!

  • For my birthday two summers ago, when I’d just started canning in earnest and had started an obsession with Mason jars, a friend of mine brought me a vintage blue Mason jar that he’d found at the trendy thrift store near where he lives. Last year, I used it to save one dollar bills leftover from trips to the farmers’ market (then treated myself and my husband to dinner at the end of the year). This year, I haven’t come up with anything fun to do with it, but it’s still so pretty sitting on the shelf.

    I don’t know if the newer blue jars are as handsome as the old ones, but I’d love to have a few to use anyway!

  • We need the ole thick one piece lids that adorned the ole blue jars! LOL NOT!!! Canning has come such a long way; it’s nice to remember where we came from and make old new again. These jars are georgeous!

  • The grandmother I remember always canned in clear glasses, so I don’t have a blue glass memory.

    However, the grandmother I never met loved blue glass. My mother has many of her blue glass pieces and I really want to get them from her. I’d love to have blue glass jars to can in. 🙂

  • I love those old blue jars! My grandmother had a few in which she stored buttons and other odds and ends, since she said the lids weren’t safe for food (made of lead, I believe). These new blue canning jars would remind me of her.

  • I remember my mother had a few blue jars among the jars of canned vegetables she used to keep in shelves under our basement stairs when I was a kid. I always thought the blue ones contained something special because there were only a few of them. I imagine they were inherited from her mother.

  • I had one of these jars with a solid old metal lid, the lid was very thick and heavy and it was pitted, I don’t really know where it came from for certain. My Grandmother (who taught me canning) passed on in the mid 80’s and she left me a small bag of quarters and dimes she had received as tips as a waitress in her younger years. I kept them in that old Ball jar until it got broken some years ago. The change is back in a bag now and no longer displayed in the house. But those blue jars always remind me of her.

  • The blue jars are, well, BEAUTIFUL. Since I’m in my sixties I can, indeed, remember my grandmother opening jars of her homemade pickles in the blue jars, of course. My own mom didn’t can much, but she used a blue jar for her buttons! (We all know the many uses of our present-day jars, too.) Frankly, I’m hoping to own a set myself. Thanks.

  • My Grandmother canned faithfully every year and I still remember grabbing big blue jars of dill pickles off the shelf in the basement. Pickles were her specialty! I miss her so much!

  • I found a collection of really old-school blue jars at an estate sale once. They were so old they even had the rubber rings and glass tops with the metal lid-lockers. They’re so awesome! Now, I use them to store my home-made granola and various rices for easy access and air-tight reusable storage.

  • I don’t have any memories of blue jars but I’d love to see those sporadically dispersed with the rest of my jars on the shelf. Nothing gives me more joy than walking in my pantry and seeing shelves of canned foods that I canned last summer. I admit I’m getting a little low on some things. Hurry up, summer!

  • Oh those blue ones. When we decided to rent an apartment in 1970, the owner had turned a broken down tenement space into a little country place.This ex Americana antique dealer decided to not sell his twelve matching zinc capped blue quart jars neatly lined up above the sink on a beautiful handmade, rescued pine wall system of open shelving with the top half barnsiding displaying antique cast iron and tinware. I had never seen blue jars like that before. Although he was selling many things not those. So I bought many other wondrous things. When he decided to sell after all, we had no money left. It was sorely regretted but it started me on my quest for canning jars, blue and otherwise. Alas over the years, I was not so careful but now the truly rare ones in blue are saved for dry things that aren’t so pretty like muesli. LOL I put everything in glass having banned plastic from my kitchen if I can. I live elsewhere but my hand made shelves are open and I am a from scratch cook so all is on display. If I could just get over my fear of canning…Marissa, you are bound to come to NYC someday for a demonstration. I am patient

  • Oh wow! These would be ‘special jars’ at my house. I’d use them for pretty quick pickles and the like so I can display my favorite items in them. I have one blue jar that I found thrifting and we use it as a change jar because it is so unique.

  • My grandma had a few of these jars I discovered in her basement. Unfortunately most were chipped but I did make a soap dispenser out of one and would like to try to make more since my family and friends now all want one!

  • I remember blue glass jars on the shelves of my grandma’s pantry. You knew you had graduated to “big kid” when you were trusted to go get the jar of pickles or relish or peaches for Sunday dinner.

  • I have always wanted to have blue jars, but the antique ones are always too expensive. I love that they are bringing back the vintage color.

  • I have never used them myself but have always LOVED looking at them! I can’t wait to pick up a dozen or so for myself to charish forever!

  • Love, love, love them. I used to look for antique mason jars at flea markets, and bought a couple of imperfect ones (the perfect ones were too expensive!) I keep kosher salt in a big one in my kitchen. So glad these will be available.

  • I don’t have any memories of blue mason jars, but my husband and I are just starting a homestead and I would love the chance to create memories with my own kids!

  • Oh, if only I’d learned to can from previous generations and heard their tales of old. I’m sure my grandparents saw plenty of these kicking around, but I sure haven’t. The Southwest also doesn’t have as many “look what we drug out of the barn” antiques as other parts of the country, so these beauties would be my first. How fun!

  • blue jars remind me of my grandpa’s carpentry workshop in the garage. grandma wasn’t very handy in the kitchen, but her relatives were. so all the jars she collected from pickles and jams got repurposed as containers for grandpa’s nails & screws & tacks & odds & ends in the workshop.

  • My fondest memory of these jars is being filled with my sisters marble collection. But my mother is an avid canner and if I win these will be filled with her delectable canned creations :9

  • I had never seen the blue jars prior to on the Ball website yesterday and unfortunately we lived far from family so if any of my aunts or uncles canned, I would not know. My Mom did not though. I got into canning about five years ago and love it. My newest venture is anything with jalapenos – jellies, relishes, chow chow .. yum. The jars though – I would definitely use one and put something in it from each of our furkids, whether it be some of their tail hair, a small favorite old toy they no longer play with, etc.

  • I have a handful of blue tinted jars that belonged to my great grandmother. I’ve always been to nervous of actually canning in them but they have been proudly displayed on my shelves for years just like they used to be displayed in my grandma’s house.

  • My husband’s Grandma gave me 3 bail top Ball jars several years ago. I keep them on top of our frig. and filled with beans.

  • As someone who is very new to canning, thanks to your blog, I’ve never even heard of these lovely blue jars. They would be fun to use as I experiment with different jams.

  • I didn’t grow up with anyone in my family that canned with beautiful jars like these. But I do have a memory of my artist father who would collect colored glass bottles and arrange them outside in sunny locations to shine “colors” throughout the garden. What a treat it would be to “shine” my yummy homemade goodies throughout my kitchen in these jars!

  • I have several old blue Ball jars from my parents & grandparents. They bring back lovely memories of the old days. I have them on display around my house.

  • I still use some of my grandmother’s old blue jars for canning, but make sure they are not given away as gifts! I love the look of canned green beans in them because the overall color looks more appetizing and fresh. I may pre-order some from Amazon. I wonder if they will also be in mass stores. I can only hope!

  • My grandmother had blue jars filled with everything imaginable. Fish, kraut, carrots.
    I want to use them for pickles.

  • Squeal with glee! I love vintage and I would stock my whole canning shelves with these. They’ll go great with the ’76 jars my parents used on “Tomato Day.” Thanks for posting about these. I’ll be looking for them.

  • I have some of the old blue ones that take the rubber seal, but no actual Ball jars. I would use them for jam mostly, and some pickles.

    To be honest though, it really should be Barbara comment 1303 who wins – what a story!

  • We were gifted a few old vintage blue jars and love them. To scared to can with them though, I would not hesitate with these!

  • I don’t have specific memories of the blue Ball jars, but my mom used a bunch of different vintage jars as storage for bulk items. I’m hoping to get some of these beautiful blue jars for the same reason – they’ll look so lovely in the cupboards. Maybe some extras for actual canning, too. 🙂

  • I was given a set of vintage blue ball jars by my Mother in law. She has since passed away. They are displayed in my kitchen and are a nice reminder of a wonderful lady.

  • I discovered my first blue Mason jar in the creepy canning room in the basement of the home I grew up in. I snatched a few for storage in my bedroom…they came with me when I left home to get married and now my collection has grown as I love the color and the versatility of a Mason jar…

  • I love the look of the old jars! It makes me think of my Great Grandmother’s kitchen. Her blue jars held a little bit of everything! I think I got my green thumb from her – it certainly wasn’t from my other grandmothers!

  • Just starting to can. Wouldn’t it be wonderful for my first canning to be in the blue jars?
    I think it would be a great way to start my canning experience!

  • I found a few old blue jars hidden in a basement shelf after I bought my house — closest I’ve ever been to finding buried treasure!

  • These are beautiful! I would use them in craft projects, to store stuff, canning…the list goes on.

  • I’d never heard of the blue jars before, but I’ve been cleaning out my grandparent’s house so we can put it on the market and I found a bunch of photos of my grandmother canning in blue jars oh so many years ago.

  • Growing up, my friend Renee’s mother (Pearl) and aunt (Opal) canned every summer. I remember going over there to witness the controlled chaos that meant the crops were in. Renee’s father got in on the act and specialized in jelly from peach peelings, always a beautiful shade of red. I do not remember any blue jars, but I do remember the kitchen table and every available surface being covered with jars. I put up jams and jellies from our own fruit trees, but have never found a recipe for peach peel jelly like I remember.

  • I have a few of the older blue jars and display them in the kitchen on top of my cabinets. There is something about the color that is great. I am new to canning and love it ~ I seem to spend most of the winter figuring out what I can do with canning. 🙂

  • I don’t really have any memory of using blue jars because I haven’t encountered one. Although we use mason jars as our drinking glasses, these blue ones will be perfect to use on special occasions like Easter, Summer, 4th of July barbecue. They are simply beautiful.

  • I have several blue Ball jars that I have purchased as “collectibles” that I use to decorate with, but I think it would be SO COOL to use these new ones to actually can in! They would look so pretty in my canning closet amongst all of my other canned goods ( in their plain jars!)!!!

  • I don’t have a personal memory- but I know my sister would just love those jars- she has a real zeal for canning- even pointed me in the direction of your site when I got curious- and so I’ll toss my hat into the ring in hopes of winning them for her.

  • whoa. so cool! i wonder how next year’s strategic marmalade reserve would look in blue… then again, a berry jam seems a little more appropriate.

  • I went ‘cellar diving’ with my niece in her in law’s parents farmhouse. Of course we waited until it was dark so we had one flashlight between us. We got so dirty and once she realized that I liked the blue jars, and the pint & a half, she really got into it and when we emerged we were filthy but victorious.

  • I would use them for display and pantry storage. I passed some up at a flea market and have regretted it ever since!

  • … when I started canning a few years ago – I picked up a box of assorted jars at a thrift store I didn’t know anything I just saw the ball name that they were $5 for the lot and scooped them up! There were a couple blues in the box (shhh, do not tell the others) they are my favorites – I usually use them to store sweets or nuts – so I can leave them out on the counter to admire! too pretty to hide – – maybe if I had more the perfect jar for blueberry pie filling? yummy!!!