Giveaway: Straight Sided Half Pint Jars from Fillmore Container

January 1, 2014(updated on October 3, 2018)
various half pint shapes

I realize it would have been better to use an empty regular half pint jar, but I couldn’t find even a single one in my apartment. It’s been a busy canning season around these parts.

Happy New Year friends! I am back home in Philadelphia after nearly two weeks on the west coast with my family. It was a really lovely vacation, filled with plenty of sleep, lots of delicious food, and multiple thrift storing outings. I came down with a mild cold towards the end of my visit and even that was kind of nice, because it meant hours spent on my parents’ couch watching British costume dramas on Netflix. After an intensely busy year, it was good to do nothing for a day.

bottoms of jars

I am kicking things off in this new year with a giveaway from Fillmore Container. They have just recently started carrying a very nice line of straight-sided half pint jars that can be sealed with either a standard regular mouth lid and ring or a one-piece plastisol-lined lid (here’s my post on canning with these one-piece lids). They are a little shorter than conventional half pint jars and just a bit taller than the wide mouth half pint jars that are sold under the Kerr imprint.

stacked half pint jars

These jars are entirely without embossing, which makes them ideal for stickers and labels. They’re a good option for home canners who want a more professional look but don’t feel comfortable with jars that use lug lids (here’s my post on how to use that style of lid). They also just feel nice in the hand and would make sweet little wine glasses or votive  holders (though I struggle to use edible food for decorative purposes, I do love the look of an inch of red or yellow lentils in the bottom of a jar to keep a candle in place).

food in jars + preserving by the pint

Next week, I’m teaming up in person with Fillmore Container at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. On Monday, January 6 and Tuesday, January 7, I’ll be doing a series of canning demonstrations at their Preservation Station and will also be on hand to sell and sign copies of my cookbook. I’ll also have postcards for the new book on hand (it comes out on March 25, 2014 and can be pre-ordered here) and will be handing them out as I answer canning and preserving questions. If you’re in the area, I do hope you stop by.

For those of you who want to enter to win a dozen of these straight-sided jars (you also get a dozen lids of your choice), here’s what to do.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share a food-related resolution for 2014. If you’re not the type who makes resolutions, how about sharing a dish you’re hoping to make or a cookbook you hope to explore.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Friday, January 10, 2014. Winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, January 12, 2014.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post. I can not accept submissions via email.

Speaking of giveaways, Fillmore Container is also hosting a number of giveaways during the Farm Show, both at the show itself and on their blog. Click over to their blog to check out the Canner’s Treasure Chest as well as the other items you could win!

Disclosure: Fillmore Container gave me a dozen of these straight-sided half pint jars for photography and review purposes. They are also site sponsor. However, my opinions do still remain my own and are not altered by my partnership with Fillmore. 

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2,076 thoughts on "Giveaway: Straight Sided Half Pint Jars from Fillmore Container"

  • This year, my family and I will try to have a completely self-sufficient summer, eating only food we grow and make ourselves, or purchase from a local farm. It’s gonna be an adventure!

  • My hope this year is to feel better by making wise food choices. One such way is to move away from using plastics for food storage.

  • I plan to use my juicer on a weekly basis. It has a prominent place on the counter and will not go back into the pantry.

  • Can more tomatoes, even though I can a lot, there’s never enough . Oh, and definitly more strawberry jam, about to run out!

  • My resolution for 2014 is to perfect herbed wine jelly. I found a list of wine and herb pairings, and am eager to try some combos.

  • This year I hope to expand my canning knowledge from just jams & chutneys to canning fresh vegetables; tomato sauces; diced tomatoes and vegetables and other normally hard to preserve items.

  • Last year I can tons of tomatoes, it was our first experience canning from our garden. Can’t wait to do more this year!

  • I’m on day 10 of my New Years resolution. A plant based diet. Hard, but thank god for the garlic scape pesto I canned last summer. It makes everything yummy. This summer I promise I’ll get at least a few tomatoes in jars. I swear.

  • I am planning on planting potatoes in my garden for the first time this year. I can a lot so this would be nice to win…thanks for the offer!

  • My new year food resolution is to do more canning! I started last year with tomatoes and can’t wait to do more this year!

  • This year I plan to plant a garden and can everything possible. I also have plans of teaching a few other people how to can things.

  • I have resolved to make more pepper jelly this year! I ran out of my personal stock and got into the stuff I was saving to take to parties and give as gifts! Guilt…it was yummy, but the guilt! Stopping the guilt in 2014!!!

    I am gearing up to grow my own tomatoes this year…I grew organic peppers last year…so I’m adding tomatoes too! I want to have a summer full of salsa! I want to get back in the habit of putting up my soup/pasta base for the winter!!

    LOTS of canning/growing/eating/sharing!!! Happy New Year to you all!!!

  • Quit eating pork and diet soda. Joined the ymca workout 4 times a week. My daughter and my bff are workout support. Started a container garden!

  • My food resolution is to eat healthy (so original!). I do want to do it to lose a few pounds, but also to feel good. Eating pasta and other greasy, fatty foods just makes me feel icky afterwards and my goal is to feel good after eating, inside and out. Thanks!

  • I am expanding my vegetable garden and want to plant 2 or 3 vegetables I have never planted. Maybe even some fruit.

  • This year i hope to run a healthy cooking class for the food pantry we run in the basement of my church! We could use all the jars we can get because i would also like to teach a canning class this summer and also show people how to make economical and luxurious cleaning and beauty products at home. After all, poor folks like a little sugar scrub too!

  • I would like to eat a little more healthy and canning is a good way to do just that. I tried to can corn last year but it all spoiled but am willing to try again. My sister loves to can. Your cook book sounds great .

  • Gazing upon my last season’s canned jars – warms my hear on a cold, dark winter day. All that work is worth it.

  • Hmm…..I am resolved to can a lot more veggies this year! A LOT MORE!! I never have enough jars as it is though…….lol.

  • I want to learn more about how to make jam with different kinds of pectin. For the past few years that I’ve been jamming I have only used Ball brand No Sugar Needed pectin. I would like to learn how to use other kinds like Pomona brand. Also it would be interesting to know how to make my own pectin … & how it effects the finished jam.

  • My resolution is to learn to use my canner this year, and to become successful at canning fig preserves.

  • I would like to learn how to use different kinds of pectin to make jam. Such as Pomona brand, also how to make my own pectin … & how it effects the finished jam.

  • Great giveaway! We are moving to a new house with a fantastic large pantry, so I plan on doing more canning in 2014.

  • My food resolution this year is to double the size of my garden so I can preserve more organic food. I am also determined to make all of my family’s bread this year so we can eat healthier, more whole food.

  • I hope to read and use Mollie Katzen’s The Heart of the Plate and find more ways to use my preserves in day to day cooking.
    -Erin

  • Love straight sided jars! This year seeking to make purchases of boxed and frozen prepared foods a rarity. More cooking from scratch and prepping homemade meals into freezer.

  • I hope to do more canning this year. Since reading your website and book I’ve become very fond of “berry/vanilla” anything!

  • My Food related new years resolution is to help my son with his diabetes. While most of this get healthy eat healthy resolution is centered on him, I also need it to. I have high cholesterol, high blood pressure and am hypoglycemic. My son has conjestive heart failure, diabeties, and low blood pressure. We had a scare of Christmas that put my son in ICU on life support. He had gotten the H1N1 Virus that went through the house, and still is going through the house. We cant seem to kick it. Anyhow, He got septic shock and if it wasnt for quick action and a lot of me yelling at him to go to the doctor he would have been dead. At that moment in time , listening to the ICU doctors tell me if he did not get his conditions under control we would lose him at 24 years old, I decided that life was more valuable than eating unhealthy meals, soda, chips and candy. We as a whole family have to change our dietary habits and get healthy.

    I am sure there are many other people that have the same problems health wise as we do. I just hope that whoever wins will use them for healthy meals so that they may live long lives full of happiness. Thank you

  • I am new to pressure canning, just 4 months now, and am looking forward to learning how to can more food…it’s become somewhat of an addiction for me. 🙂

  • Finally got into canning some veggies this year (along w/an insane amount of jam and jelly) and hope to do more as the spicy pickled carrots and dilly beans were awesome!!

  • These are very nice jars. I am resolving to vacuum seal more pasta and dried apples this year – so I will have them to give away to those who are not able to prep. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • I just started jarring and love it! A friend of mine labeled hers for a personalized gift at Christmas. Where do I find the labels that go at the top of the lid? Thank you