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 couple of old Ball jars sans lids and rings that I inherited from my grandmother. As a teenager I used one of the prettier ones as a water jar for painting. Now it holds pens on the desk in my studio and the other holds rubber bands in the kitchen. I love the look of the old glass, and I’m grateful for the waste-not sensibility that prompted Grandma to hold on to them.

  • Love picking this glass up on the beach – blue is one of the rarest kinds. I hope to get some of these jars for this summer’s canning!

  • Seriously who would not want to have these vinetage looking canning jars for their home preserving. My grandmother used to have these on her shelves of her “stand alone” metal kitchen cabinets…. I can remember popping the lid to be surprised at what was inside. Other fond memories are of her jelly jars… with the parafin melted on top of the jelly/jam…. oh what warm fuzzies…
    I would be proud to have these jars gracing my food storage shelves.

  • I’ve never seen blue Ball jars before, but blue is my favorite color! I’d probably use these for drinking glasses (I use the clear Ball jars this way all the time). I love seeing the jewel tones of my canned fruit, and the blue would distract me. But they’re so pretty!

  • I can’t remember when my mom stumbled upon her initial collection of blue jars (her spices are all stored in blue jars) – but one of the best gifts my MIL has given me is two large (1/2 gallon I think) blue mason jars.

  • I had a blue glass jar as a child and loved putting rocks, shells and sea glass into it. It was just so beautiful with those little bits of nature collected inside of it!

  • I would love some blue jars to add to my colored glass collection in my kitchen window. Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to find an authentic one while thrifting but I always keep my eyes open!

  • I just found your blog and I love it. I’m just starting to learn how to can things so these jars would be perfect to add to my new hobby. My MIL has blue ball jars they are so pretty sitting on her shelves full of peaches.

  • Over forty years ago I found and began using old blue canning jars to store my home grown herbs and dry goods, like nuts and various flours in. At that time I had not learned how to can or preserve my gardens harvests. Very happy to learn of this new release of the charming beloved blue canning jars.

  • I’ve never seen these in person, but I’d love to have a set. I think I’d want to do something red in these… pickeled beets maybe? mmmmm…

  • I have a collection of old canning jars including a few blue ones. I use them to store various dry goods – mostly on a shelf unit in my kitchen. They’re so pretty!

    I would love to use these for some current canning project and watch friends freak out, thinking I am using antique jars that I have previously claimed were unsafe (lots of nicks in my old jars). ;>

  • One word to describe my fondest memories of blue canning jars….Granny! She loved to can, and I grew up helping her put up the summer’s bounty in Ball canning jars. Each day she filled a blue jar with roses from her garden to set on the kitchen table.

  • I have two of the old blue ones in my bathroom as decoration. I got them from my grandmother who taught me how to can so many years ago. I’d be so excited to use these for canning!

  • These are beautiful! I love the color blue, but I haven’t been lucky enough to find the vintage ones at a thrift store or garage sale.

  • I actually don’t have any childhood memories of blue jars but I do know that I saw some while cleaning out my great-grandma’s home a couple months ago. The sure are beautiful.

  • The blue jars are my favorite. They remind me of where my husband came from. He was born in Muncie, In. and still has family there.

  • I love the old blue jars. I only have one that I got from my grandmother. I keep it on a shelf in the kitchen for decoration only. I think I may do the same with the “new” old blue jars and maybe one day pass them down to my daughters or granddaughters.

  • I only had one from my grandmother when she passed. But now my daughter has it and it is displayed in her china cabinet. Both of my grandmothers had a few, wish I could have saved them all.

  • Don’t have any blue-jar stories, but these are so beautiful I’d probably use them to store things in and not actually use them for canning.

  • My great aunts had canning jars like these, but they used them for display purposes. They are so pretty!

  • I use the old blue ball canning jars in my kitchen for storing different types of dried beans and a few other food items after I open the bags. I also use the zinc lids. I just picked one up this weekend at an antique mall because I was in need of another. I love the vintage look. I look forward to canning my own vegetables in these this summer. Reminds me of yesteryear.

  • So you know why those early jars were blue? Favorite memory…going to Aunt Bonnie or Aunt Esther’s cellar to retrieve a couple of cans of sausage or beans or tomatoes…having to fight the cobwebs, watching out for snakes and taking a few minutes to see the work of women’s hands. Those same hands taught me much about home making, taking care of our families, being a woman after God’s own heart…beloved memories!

  • My husband and I searched long and hard for these blue mason jars last year before our wedding. We found a few but had to go with mostly clear ones for our centerpieces that held a variation of flowers at each table. Love these!

  • Everyone’s antique blue ball jars are much too special now a’days to actually can with! Instead, we all use them as vases or decoration, etc.

    Wouldn’t it be nice to get this giveaway of the new retro blue jars, and actually can with them! That’s what I would do! I want to see what it looks like to have peaches sitting in a blue jar on my shelf!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. Great review too! I look forward to hearing the results!

  • Great giveaway!

    I’ve always wanted to make a blue jar chandelier, but didn’t have the heart to use my vintage blue jars.

    These new blue jars would be a perfect opportunity for me to try it out!

  • These jars are beautiful! I’d use them to store grains — but maybe use them to can a few jars of summer jam first!

  • Just painted my pantry white and teal and put all my flours, herbs and beans in Ball jars – these would look so adorable in there!!! Hope they made a lot of these and they become available soon! thx for the contest.

  • First of all, I love your website; the vibrant photos of food in jars is pretty inspirational (and aspirational for me)!

    I have not used blue jars like these before, but I would fill them up with chutneys to eat later with flatbread and meat!

  • I’d add these to my antique canning jars collection, but use them to hold tools of my trade: carving tools, glass and jewelry tools and fine paint brushes…..when they aren’t holding flowers from the garden!

  • I have one of these left from my Grandmother. I use it as a flower vase. It always brings back lovely memories.

  • Oh my, those are gorgeous. I don’t think I could use them to can, but I’d love to put my daffodils in them up on the windowsill. I love to see the light shining through that blue.

    Question…Why were the originals blue? Thanks!

  • I save all my antique blue jars for grains and beans on the shelves. Would be great to have new ones for actual canning.

  • I love mason jars! I would use these new blue jars for drinking w ithe the CUPPOW lids and displaying summer zinnias!

  • I am new to mason jars, and no one in my family has canned in decades. I have been finding my mason jars at home improvement shops to build up my own collection. I use them to blend single serving smoothies and to give gifts in. I would love to win these beautiful jars!!

  • They remind me of my grandmother’s kitchen, which makes me smile. And of course, blue has always been my favorite color. 🙂

  • I’ve never seen the blue jars before. I would use them for canning and feature them in my photographs,

  • Even long after she stopped canning (way before I was born…she was a firm believer in purchasing things when you could afford them and diying as a financial last resort), my grandma had shelves and shelves of these jars in her garage and storage shed.

  • I’ve already ordered two cases but would love another. They’re a little pricey but I’m sooo in love with them!

  • Like a lot of other people, I fell in love with the idea of mason jars as wedding decorations – I just had no idea how difficult the beautiful blue colored jars were to find!! Now my wedding is only six weeks away (eek!) and I’m still blue jarless. I would love to have these to make the tables stand out 🙂

  • I don’t have any blue jar memories, but I would love to use these as a decorative way to display many of my bulk baking items!!

  • I’m an avid canner and would love these beautiful jars. Reminds me of standing on a stool next to my grandmother’s stove watching her put everything in a pressure canner. Then, we would wait (for what seemed like forever) for the steam to come out so it would start whistling. Also, since she lived in an old house that my great grandmother lived in, there was a cold room in the back of the house. There was no door, only a green and grey thick curtain. The room was lined with shelves, filled to the brim with beans, tomatoes and pickles. She never wanted us in there so she told us that’s where the Boogie Man lived. LOL

  • My favourite colour is teal. I enjoy collecting small blue jars- they are so pretty! I would actually use these for flower vases, or to actually begin my first canning experiments.

  • Oh I do love these. I have some vintage ones that I use for flowers. The new ones I would use to store dry items so that my shelves look pretty.

  • Growing up I would spend one week every summer at my grandma’s house, she lived alone in a tiny little ranch style house and had the most amazing garden ever. I would explore her garden catching bugs and toads while she weeded and watered. She canned everything that came out of her garden, and her strawberry jam was my favorite. Grandma passed away two years ago, but thanks to Ball we’ll be using all of her old canning jars as centerpieces at our wedding next month.

  • I have a few of the old blue jars from garage sales. My grandma had shelves and shelves of canning jars (some blue) that I was able to have after she passed away. There was one blue jar that was the largest I had ever seen. Didn’t get that one but wish I would have.

  • These are gorgeous! I would probably use them to gift blueberry scone mix to give to friends for our upcoming college graduation.

  • I have always LOVED the old blue jars!! I remember digging through old boxes and finding jars and then keeping ALL my special treasures in them.

  • I have one old blue jar that I found at my local thrift shop. I remember being so excited to find it. It currently sits in a cabinet where I can see it from my kitchen and even though it’s probably silly, I smile every time I look at it.

  • I don’t have any memories with the blue jars – but they would make great memories for the people who would receive them from me packed with goodies!

  • The blue jar reminds me of the jar my grandma kept spare buttons in. My grandpa rigged an aluminum lid with a slot in it for easy depositing.

  • I found my first blue Ball jars in an antique store and used them to decorate my kitchen in my very first apartment. Loved seeing the sun shine through that beautiful blue 🙂

  • I have two old blue jars that I picked up at an estate sale. I often use them for bouquets of flowers. Glad to see the blue making a comeback!

  • My mother has a love of blue and white china and midwestern aesthetics; this would be the perfect addition to her collection. A little homemade strawberry lemonade garnished with basil from the garden? Perfect.

  • I just started canning last year, but I love it. I am really looking forward to the new season and would use these jars for canning blueberry pie filling. There are wild blueberries that grow around here and the pie filling is delicious, but I don’t like adding blue dye to my recipe so the pie filling lacked a little color. I know these jars would make the pie filling really stand out on the shelves.

  • I don’t have any blue jars but is love to use them for decoration around the farm. Could be the beginning of the color scheme for a kitchen makeover at the farm!!

  • My grandma has a collection of blue glass knickknacks–things like shoes and bells. Not quite jars, but I’ll always associate blue glass jars with my grandma because of that. 🙂

  • The shelves above my Mother’s kitchen sink are lined with blue ball jars from my Grandmother. Some of them still have her handwritten labels on them. I still remember her teaching me how to make bread and butter pickles. Yum!

  • I have also not seen the blue glass jars before. But I recently picked up a copy of ‘Jam On’ and would love some pretty jars to try out these recipes with.

  • The blue is exquisite! I’ve no personal experience with the blue jars, but I would love to use them for craft notion storage in my teal/black/white apartment!

  • I have never seen blue jars before but they are beautiful. I would probably use them for decorations and for canning special gifts.

  • I am a canner and love the vintage blue jars – but never knew if it was safe to use them in canning now. I had a favorite one I used for flowers, until my cat knocked it off the counter and it broke. So excited that that Ball has come out with a new blue jar!

  • I’ve never owned my own blue jars, how lovely they are! I would certainly love to put some bright red jam in there and give them a beautiful purple glow.

  • Sadly I lost one of the most dear people in my life recently, my father-in-law. He was a dear man that will be greatly missed. He left me all of his blue ball mason jars left over from his childhood on the farm in rural Kentucky. He loved to sit and tell me stories of his youth back in the 30s and 40s and his mom canning all the bounties of their land. Those were some of the best days I have had, just sitting in the kitchen and listening. I keep those jars ( treasures) on my cabinets and smile every time I see them. I feel like I have a part of him in my kitchen and that is a beautiful thing.

  • I don’t really use the jars, but I’m always on the look-out for them, for my wife. She loves to decorate with them.

  • I have memories of my grandmother perserving in blue jars. I don’t remember her’s being this blue, I remember them being more of bluish-green color. I would perserve salsa in these beautiful jars.

  • I can still remember going to grandparent’s home every summer and waiting to see what treasures would be in the jars.

  • I have to confess that there is a fancy cranberry sauce with blueberries and vanilla bean that I made last Thanksgiving, that I think would look amazing in these.

  • I’ve never had any blue jars of my own. I love to can and would have to come up with something really special to put in these jars….I might even share a few!

  • i just moved into a new apartment, and i have been looking for ball jars for storage/drinking glasses. these are beautiful!

  • I’ve never used blue jars myself, but I’ve always admired them in antique stores. It would be a treat to use these for special pickles or maybe lemon curd. How cool that they’re being brought back.

  • I only have one blue ball jar now, and it came with dozens and dozens of old buttons inside. Now it’s my button jar, and still filled with the old buttons, and I use it for my knitting. I love the look of these jars. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • A local light fixture manufacturer/store makes light fixtures with used Ball jars, including the blue ones. I have always thought it was wrong for them to use the blue ones as they are rare and a piece of history. Instead they should trade them to me for clear ones 😉

  • I haven’t any memories of these blue jars, but I think they’re so pretty. My favorite color is blue, and I’d use them to store various spices and dry goods in my kitchen.

  • I don’t have any memories of them, but they are gorgeous. I’d try a variety of things in them to see how the colors of the preserves or whatever change looking through the beautiful blue color.

  • I have big blue ball jars on my counter with rice and such. My dad gave them to me when we bought our house. I love them!