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 have a collection of thrifted and rummage saled blue jars. I have buttons in some, and dry goods in some and use them as vases, I love them so much I have a tattoo of one.

  • I love the blue jars!! I tried to help my good friend hunt down a whole mess of them for her wedding centerpieces!

  • oh man those are gorgeous. i would definitley have to do a pickled curry cauliflower or something to see if i could get a nice green look by mixing the yellow and blue together. Excellent post, I can’t wait to go out and get these.

  • No memories of real blue masons, only a failed attempt at a diy…
    I’d totally start storing my beans on the counter and use them in my craft room!

    Karen U

  • These are beautiful! I love decorating with jars. These would have been beautiful at my wedding last summer.

  • I absolutely love the blue jars! I would can dilly beans or relish or even pickles! I love them!

  • I remember seeing some of these in my grandmother’s pantry and wishing years later that I’d grabbed on to them when we cleaned out our house. While canning was something my mom did then, at 13 I wasn’t anticipating my own canning future:-)

  • I once found a whole bunch of vintage jars at an antique store for only $3 each! The only problem was that there were spiders living in several, otherwise they were perfect. One even has a strip of medical tape on it that says, “tomato sauce, Sept 1953” on it! I’d love to have some I can actually can with!

  • I don’t have any blue jar memories, as I’m really the first generation that grew up on chemicals – :(!

    But I’m about to embark on my own canning experience, slowly changing the fast (not-really) food lifestyle back to slow real food. I would love to have some of these cheery jars in my pantry to see every day!

  • I am a fairly new canner. Have water-bathed for quite a few years, but just bought my first pressure canner so that I can preserve healthier foods for my husband and me. I love “Vintage” style things and fondly remember pink and blue glass of my granmother’s and mother’s generations.

    I would love to have these blue jars on my shelf as they would bring a smile full of memories every time I walked into the kitchen!

  • I found a blue jar with a chipped lip at a free community swap. I used it to hold the flowers I picked at our CSA. They were lovely.

  • i collected vintage ones and used them as centerpieces for my wedding ๐Ÿ™‚ would love some that i could admire throughout the seasons with yummy foods put up in them!

  • I started collecting blue jars when my grandmother in law gave me some various sized antique jars for a kitchen storage set. I have bought everyone I have ran across since. My kitchen is decorated with my collection. I can’t wait to add these anniversary edition jars. Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Pretty, pretty jars. I don’t think I’d ever can in these jars, but I’d love to see them in my cupboards full of dry goods.

  • I grew up in my great-grandparents house and we inherited my great-grandmother’s canning jars which included many blue jars. To this days, blue jars symbolize the comfort of home and tradition to me.

  • Ooooh! I’ve never had the pleasure of using the blue jars, I’ve only seen them in pictures. When I heard they were re-issuing them, I did a happy dance in my kitchen. I think some strawberry or blueberry jam will look quite lovely in these gorgeous blue jars!

  • My Grandmother has several antique blue jars. They are just beautiful and so elegant. I’m finally ready to try my hand at canning this year after growing some veg for the past couple of years and I’d love to use these!

  • I am just getting started canning and looking forward to filling up lots of jars this summer. These would be a great addition!

  • I only have 1! Blue jar in my collection. I fill it with flowers in the summer. I would love some of these new ones!

  • I am so excited about these wondeful blue jars, it would make a memorable place in my kitchen at home. My passion is food, it has always been a constant highlight in my life. I would be so happy to use these new jars in my home by first crafting a pot of classic, garlic, roasted pepper and basil tomato sauce and filling each one with this homemade sauce for weeknight family dinners at the table. It would be a fun cooking adventure having these with me, and the dinners will be bursting with new creativity.

    Thank you for this amazing giveaway! Have a wonderful day!

  • My grandmother used to have blue ball jars in her kitchen. I’d see them filled with flowers or even used for drinking when my grandfather would be outside and the family (which is HUGE) would be using all the regular drinking glasses. They have since disappeared since she passed away a couple of years ago. I would love to win these to remind me of her ๐Ÿ™‚

  • These jars are so beautiful! I would use them all over my kitchen so that I could enjoy their vintage look.

  • I love blue jars. I have an entire collection. Many were found at old trash burn sites in the woods or on my farm. Hard to believe someone threw them out.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  • OMG I love these blue jars. My grandmother had a bunch of these and when she passed away she left them to a cousin of mine. I would love to have some to remind me of her.

  • I have fond memories of any ball jars for the simple fact that my dad made these for 43 years. It gave me a huge sense of pride to know that he made such an iconic piece of history. My mom used to can when i was little too. She would have me make recipes that my grandfather had passed on to her and they would always be in Ball jars. “Only The Best Comes In Glass”

  • I remember going fishing with my grandparents. Afterward my grandmother would gut and scale (a processing I could never hardly watch much less help with) the fish then cook it down and can it. With a little mayo it was a resemblance of canned tuna. Aw the memories, I miss those days.

  • I have all a lot of lame (previous owner’s) glass bulb shades that I’d _love_ to replace with these jars.

  • We used vintage blue Mason jars for flowers at our wedding last year. They were positively stunning, and as the evening wore on, the light caught them just so…

  • I’d love to be entered! I have a goal of switching completely from tinned to home canned food this year. I got pretty close this year, but I’ll need a few more jars to expand production ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Wow! These are beautiful! I used to have a friend who mom had tons of blue glass, including jars, lining the windows of her house. It always felt magical, especially on sunny days.

  • I found my first blue ball jars in a thrift store in Idaho in the late 70s. That was high school and they’ve traveled with me ever since!

  • I don’t have any “blue jar” memories but I am so ready to make new “Blue Jar” memories with these jars! I’ve been gardening all winter and should have some awesome cabbages to pickle soon. These jars would be great for that!

  • When I see a Blue Glass Mason Jar, I think of my Grammie. Unfortunatly, I was not into canning when she was alive, but now that I am, I think of what memories we could have made together canning. I now teach my kids how to do cook and can with me so we have those memories to share. Also, I have grown a fascination for mason jars and I have one jar that was hers that is my favorite because it was hers. I would love to win these jars ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I use my Ball jars for everyday drinking glass, not just for the country look but because I have never had one break. I send leftovers home with my Daughter as well as food for gift giving. I use pinterest to get great ideas for gifts, crafts, decorating. I also make soy candles in my jars. I often run out of jars and have to use my old antique ones. I would love to have these so I could put my old blue jars away.

  • Blue Mason Jars, how I love thee! I have some that were my mothers and they are one of the favorite things of hers I own. She loved Blue jars, too.

  • beautiful! I don’t have any childhood memories of canning or blue jars, as I am the first since my great grandma and grandma to wield a jar lifter, but I do have a collection of old jars that boasts a few green glass ones. I recently found a grey glass dreft jar at my local salvation army!
    if i win these jars, i would like to do a preserve that would really showcase the color, so probably senfgurken, a sweet mustard pickle made with peeled, seeded, overripe cucumbers. the pieces of cuke are nice and white, so i think they would look lovely in the blue glass!

  • This year my family is putting in raised garden beds and we are trying to grow enough veggies and fruit to start a food storage. I can’t wait to start canning and preserving our own food!! These beautiful blue jars would be so awesome to win!!!

  • I am transferring to a different school across the country and would love to be able to can some goodies for my boyfriend since I will no longer be able to cook for him. My mother was an avid canner as are several of my family members and there is nothing better than a homemade maple apple butter and boysenberry syrup!

  • So excited about the availability of the blue glass lil bells. I have been hunting them down in thrift stores for my wedding!

  • I love the Ball blue jars. I wanted to use them for my wedding but couldn’t afford to pay so much for the antique jars. I did pick up 2 from a local antique shop. They are beautiful. I have a friend who had the original lids that they foubd buried on their farm. I love to put sunflowers in the two jars I have now.

  • In the basement of my husband’s grandma’s old house we found several 2 quart, blue jars with zinc lids! We were lucky enough to bring home home with us and it contains the dried flowers from some of the flowers my husband has given me over the years. I LOVE blue jars. I have a number of them – in use and for decor.

  • Sadly I don’t have memories of these jars because I’m my family’s first canner. I would definitely use these for my dilly beans because they’re my favorite, and since they don’t last long in our house I’d quickly have empty jars to use around the house!

  • Those good old blue jars. In each house I’ve lived in I have wanted to borrow my housemates and never give them back but I know I just have to wait to I come across some like to find a bunch at some old ladies garage share and buy them up in one fell swoop!!! Love them

  • Beautiful. I’d use them for dried herbs and flowers (chamomile, violets, rose buds and calendula from the garden).

  • I have quite a collection of the old jars. I love using my half-gallon ones for juices and drinks. A friend of mine borrowed all my jars to use at her grand-daughter’s wedding. They used them as vases for the table centerpieces.

  • The vintage blue jars make me think of my grandmothers. I love them so much I use them in decorations throughout the house, whenever possible. Love them!!

  • I have an antique milk jar carrier with the colored Ball Jars some with glass lids that I have used with decorating for years. I have one that I have also used as a lamp base. They are such nice pieces to decorate with for a splash of color

  • I had never seen this type of blue jars. I think I’d have to fill some with strawberry jam, so they’d be purple. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Found about five different sizes in Antiques stores in NV…..love them! I use them mostly for flowers, but just on the table is awesome too!

  • I love the few blue jars I have found through the years. I, sadly, lost one to the freezer earlier this year, and thought about having a good cry about its loss. This is major considering I’m attached to very little else except my family. Jars make me smile, and blue ones make me smile wider.

  • i have never seen the blue jars.i love them.we save our peanut butter jars and use for glasses.if i had these oh man the uses i could have.i would use as glasses,food storage,food in a jar for gifts,canning and lots more.they are so beautiful

  • I have no prior experience with the blue jars and I have NEVER seen one at our local thrift stores and flea markets. I would like to win some because they would look gorgeous sitting in my kitchen window with the setting sun shinning through.

  • i was given a blue ball jar when i was just a kid. i kept my prized marble collection in it. it was stolen and i’ve not seen one since in the wild. need to have these in my home

  • I have one of these old blue jars! It was my grandma’s. I think she used it for cotton balls, but I use it for storing popcorn kernels. That makes me so much happier than cotton balls.

  • How about one of those great ball jar hanging pendant lamps! I couldn’t do it though. They would sit on my shelf in a place of honor next to my weck jars I so love!

  • I have memories of blue jars in my Grandmas kitchen window. I’d love to use them in my own. Love your site ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Blue is my favorite color and when we would go to the cabin in the mountains when I was a little girl, I would pick wildflowers and put them in a truly vintage blue Ball jar and set it in the deep windowsill. The jar is still there, actually. I need to fill it with flowers next time.

    But these pretty new jars, I would use for blackberry jam (your recipe, actually, Marisa, with the nutmeg and lemon which I was skeptically curious about but it’s fantastic). And I would save them for hostess gifts for Very Special People.

  • I’ve never used the blue jars they seem as if they need something different like pickled watermelon rind but most likely I would fill them with apricot jam.

  • I have several antique blue canning jars that have been collected or passed down to me,I use most of them for decorating purposes but with these being new and perfect,I would use them for my sweet tea glasses ๐Ÿ™‚ wow it’s great being a southern belle!

  • My mother always kept her buttons & other sewing supplies in blue jars. I’d love to make blueberry lemon jam in them.

  • I love blue jars. I use them to decorate my kitchen. I just love the way they look, the color, and they joy of having to hunt for them. You can put them in any room for a nice vintage look.

  • I acquired some of those very old, blue jars from my grandma’s estate sale. They are sitting in my kitchen reminding me of her.

  • My mom has a couple prized blue jars that belonged to a relative. I am always on the look out for blue jars or different sized jars in the local thrift shops or yard sales.

  • I have no blue jar memories, but I’m hoping to make some. Please pick me. They are beautiful and I’d love to find a lovely use for them.

  • I’m not sure why but, I started buying vintage blue jars and the clear jars with glass tops and wire bales about a year or two ago at auctions. I have several dozen of them now and love them all. I’d find something good to can in these for sure. Thanks.

  • Those are so pretty! I have a few blue jars but mostly I have to use them in the pantry because they’ve gotten chipped. I like using them for applesauce though, to make it look green. Pears look pretty too.

  • I remember my grandmaw putting away peaches and wild blackberry preserves in blue Ball mason jars. I’ve taken my timid first steps into canning, pickling onions for reubens and carrots for banh mi. I’d love to try something more involved and these pretty blue beauties just might be the inspiration I need!

  • We’re planting a big 3 family garden this year to help cut costs on our food bills, would love, love to have these to share canned veggies with family!! ๐Ÿ™‚ The are soo beautiful! Thank you & God bless!!

  • My mother in law has a few of the old blue glass jars, and they are beautiful! She puts dried beans in them and uses them for decoration. I would love to use them as vases for fresh cut flowers, for smoothies that I take along when I am out and about, for jarred gifts that we make, or just to look pretty on my countertop ๐Ÿ™‚

  • After 8years of promises, my husband is finally renovating my kitchen band adding a large beautiful (nothing better than a well-Stocked larder) pantry. I see shelves of beautiful canned fruit, jam and vegetables. The blue jars would be perfect!

  • I was just in a thrift store admiring a shelf of old blue jars. I would probably use them for storing dry goods before canning with them, just to make sure they last.

  • I’ve never seen these before, but I’d love to use them! I might just fill them with dry goods and display them, they’re so pretty. My lentils could use a makeover. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Beautiful vintage jars!! My use would be SALAD IN A JAR… that is my new love and help on the weight loss plan taking salads in jars for lunches at work, snacks anytime really. Really trying to take control of this issue this year and have been trying to find easy ways to make sure I am eating better and saving some money on plastic bag that get thrown away! Would love to own some of these!!

  • I will be folding these into my rotation of jars. Pickling/canning is becoming a new obsession in our house

  • Loooove these. I am a historical archaeologist who specializes in the more recent past in the western US. I work predominantly at old homesteads, abandoned ranches & defunct mining towns & I find the original versions of these jars at many of my sites. These make me nostalgic for the past I spend my life studying.