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"

  • Our new years canning resolution is to grow and preserve most of our own food. We are doing great so far and look forward to canned smoked fish, colorful fruits, vegetables and preserves, sauces and stocks.

  • These would be a perfect compliment to my apple tree this fall. Hope we get another bumper crop so we can have apple sausage all winter!!

  • Our food resolution is to eat better overall, so we’ll be canning lots and making as much from scratch as possible.

  • I just happened upon this blog tonight and it’s great! In 2014, I plan on canning more. We already can a fair deal of food, but I am looking to expand to other foods! I am hoping for some great ideas!

  • I have been canning for about 40 years love love it! Make jam- salsa mostly now but have done it all! Peaches, pears, juice, tomatoes, pickles, beets, green beans and what ever else I have an abundance of! Could really use the new jars! Plus I collect different jars as a hobby! Just got some canning jars from Germany that I love!!

  • I think those jars are really super! Great for updated labels! I resolve to also update my canning this year and branch out and try new and different recipes – old favorites updated for 2014!!!

  • I cannot wait to get my hands on all of Terry Bryant’s cookbooks! Adding America’s Test Kitchen’s Slow Cooker cookbook wouldn’t hurt either. The list just goes on!

  • Planning to plant all sorts of new varieties in the garden in the spring and hopefully grow enough to do some real canning this year!

  • It’s my goal to be as self sufficient as possible. I’m still a long way off, but last year I was able to can all of the green beans we would need for a year. This year I’d like to can enough tomatoes to last us a full year.

  • Did my last canning event on New Years Eve day…smoked turkey broth…and anxious to can something every month during 2014. Nice to see you at the Farm Show!

  • I have already planned out my garden for this coming year. I resolve to do more canning and eat healthier with fresh from the garden veggies!

  • My resolution is to can something new this year — and learn more about these plastisol lids. Maybe even experiment with those reusable lids.

  • My hope this year to is perfect my strawberry margarita jam and sell it at the local Farmer’s Market come spring.

  • My resolution is to find and make my grandmother’s chow chow recipe to give away to family members! Great jars for that!

  • I want to try my hand at fermentation! I definitely want to give Russian-style fermented pickles this summer for sure!

  • My resolution is to significantly cut back on added sugars in my diet. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • I just started canning both water and pressure cooker. Love it!!! I intend to continue for as long as I can. I go through a lot of jars. I have even organized my house with jars.

  • My canning goal this year is to make an amazing marmalade from the Pagie Tree in my back yard and to share the deliciousness with as many friends and fam as I can. 🙂

  • I resolve to learn how the heck to use the stevia I grew so successfully last year! Perhaps even in jams… Thanks!

  • My resolution for 2014 is to continually eliminate prepackaged foods from our home. Make more things from scratch. For example, I want to decrease or eliminate food from cans starting with beans since
    we consume a lot of beans for the protein.

  • I hope to go deeper with my canning and preserving. Started 2 years ago with tomatoes and spaghetti sauce. This past year tried (and succeeded) grape, raspberry and strawberry jam! So much easier than I thought. This year, I’d like to can beans, meat and more of what I grow in my garden. I’d like to have a larger stock.

  • My hope in 2014 is to make more of my Home made caramel Apple jam and to perfect it using the right size jar…I buy all my veggies that I don’t grow from the Local Amish!.

  • I resolve to make double the amount of Wild Blueberry Jam as I made last season. (That’s gonna be a chore)

  • These would help us so much! We’re starting our very first garden this year, and I plan to can nearly everything!!!

  • Already eliminating GMO’s from our cooking. Going to be trying some canning from my garden and the farmer’s market.

  • I did not make a ‘food resolution’ or any resolution for that matter. I have three teen boys and three girls (9 and under) living in our home (plus for additional children out of the home). Meals are a big thing around this house. I am the #1 (and only) cook in the house. I hope to create healthy meals at least 5/7 days a week for my family. We eat our rarely (maybe 2-3x a month) and dinner meals are our ‘how was your day’ time. I plan to use as much fresh (or made from fresh vs processed) items as possible this year. Thank you so much for this awesome opportunity.

  • I want to continue to create healthy versions of classic comfort foods. Spaghetti squash is my new favorite!

  • My top food goal for this year is to get and start using a fermentation crock! Fermented foods is my new love!

  • I am striving to eat healthier in 2014 and for my family to eat healthier without giving up taste. LOL Just saying I just bought my first pressure canner and would love to win these so I can get started canning!

  • Love this blog. I am hoping to can more jams to donate to my church to use as fundraising. Makes all of us happy.

  • 2014 gives me a whole fresh new year to stock up and create new receipes for canning. I plan on having a huge garden this spring and savings as much as possible with my great new canning skills.

  • I would love to try to can some blueberry jam this year. I haven’t canned since I helped my grandmother can tomatoes when I was a teenager.

  • My 2014 goal is to continue my 2013 goal of becoming more self-sufficient. I spent 2013 dedicated to make as much of my own food from scratch as is reasonable. 2014 will see much more of that, plus lots of DIY projects!

  • I have already made and started working on my resolution for this new year. It is that I need to put more food up to get me through the year. I just finished jam this week. So excited for homemade jam!

  • That old resolution to eat healthier and lose some weight …I would love to try the pinterest fad of making salads in jars … besides; looking very cute they would also be healthy.

  • I would like to spend more time with my mother while canning. Hoping I can give these jars to her because she does so much for me!

  • Not so much a resolution but a goal to keep on being a true-food-maker. This past year was my best ever when it came to canning and creating homemade goods. I was inspired by you, the Philly Food Swappers and other swapping organizations that I met over the year. I learned a lot about canning, taking my nice set of skills to the next level. This year, I wish to continue this and expand it to a more creative level. Thanks!

    1. hoping to do even more canning this year especially my jams & jellies. M family and friends rely seem to enjoy them.

  • One thing I am hoping to can this year is more fermented foods. I started canning my own meat, soups and stews in 2013. How great it is to be able to just grab a jar, know all the ingredients, and it truly is fast food.

  • My food related resolution for 2014 is to learn more about heirloom vegetables and to grow more of them this year. My hubby and I have had a garden for a few summers and last year we grew heirloom bush beans, corn and some tomato varieties. We preserved enough to take us through the winter! It’s so exciting and fulfilling to eat something and you know exactly where it came from!

  • I am going to cut way back on our gluten/dairy intake, and we have built a big greenhouse, so that we can grow our own vegetables.

  • I want to learn food storage this year. Ive canned before but Im really interested in making what we usually buy from the store. I really want to be able to make a meal plan for the month and go shopping once a month. So far, my favorite thing I have made in the last few weeks is pizza sauce.

  • I hope to have more produce to can this coming year. My garden didn’t do well this past year. I am happier when the shelves are stocked.

  • My resolution for 2014 is to learn to can different vegetables besides tomatoes! Did some fruits, but froze most of the other veggies! Love these new jars!

  • My freezer has about 6 gallons of Concord grape and chokecherry juice ready to be turned into fabulous jelly. It will be done!

  • My goal this year is to learn to use a pressure canner. I also plan to can can foods/recipes that I have never done before. Thanks for the giveaway. What a delight it would be to have a set of these jars!

  • My resolution is to phase out all plastic containers and go all glass. I also love to drink from my jars using cuppow lids.

  • This look so cool! I love to can & then in the fall & winter I just need to go to the pantry & there’s all my beautiful jars of food to plan my meals with. So many new foods to try to preserve. It’s just the two of us
    & I need smaller jars for smaller portions.

  • I am using these for my home made seasonings..got a new cook book ” nourishing traditions” for christmas and these will come in handy!

  • My resolution for this year is to learn bread making, and to spend more time learning how to make cheese!

  • I want to continue the tradition of canning and preserving that my grandmother and mother followed for decades. After losing them both last Christmas, it made me realize all of the valuable tools they taught me without me even realizing it. It makes me feel like they are still with me and it’s a skill I hope to pass to my daughter, so she can have a piece of them too <3

  • I am resolved to shop the perimeter of the store when I have to go to the store – but really to utilize local farmers and ranchers more.

  • This is an amazing give away! My food resolution for this year is to can more! Last year we had a very small garden for the first time and I was able to can a few items. This year we are planning a larger garden and I hope to be able to store lots more!

  • I love making pesto and all kinds of sauces from my homegrown garden vegetable and putting them in little jars to give as gifts and keep me satisfied during the long winter months. Salves and jellies too!