Giveaway: The JarBOX (sponsored by Fillmore Container)

April 2, 2013(updated on October 3, 2018)

JarBOX

Once you start collecting jars and canning, you will eventually face the issue of storage. Do you build shelves or rely on boxes? If you have a basement, do you carve a section out for canned good storage? If the jars are tucked away, how to do you deal with the issue of out of sight, out of mind? What’s the best way to prevent breakage (particularly if you live in earthquake-prone areas)? There are so many questions and no one perfect solution.

JarBOX from above

Happily, there’s a relatively new product out there that can help answer some of these questions and might just make things a little bit easier on the storage front. Called the JarBOX, it’s a plastic container designed to snugly hold a dozen jars. It was designed by a home canner who was tired of having multiple jars break in a box when bumped or displaced (there’s a video on the JarBOX home page that shows off its many virtues).

They are sold in sets of two and snap together to create a sturdy, stackable home for jars. Once snapped together, the JarBOXes can be stacked, transported, or slid into tight corners for easy storage. It’s more than a little brilliant, if you ask me.  Currently, the JarBOX is only available for quart jars, but according to the website, a pint-sized version is coming later this year.

closed JarBOX

At the moment, I have two sets of the JarBOX and am using them as single jar trays as opposed to snapping them together. I put the jars in them upside down (to keep them from turning into dust collectors) and slide them under our bed. In our small apartment, this has freed up a huge amount of shelf space without making it hard for me to access these jars when I need them.

upside down jars in a JarBOX

Thanks to my friends over at Fillmore Container, I have one JarBOX set to give away this week. If you want to throw your hat into the ring, here’s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share how you currently store your jars and home canning.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Friday, April 5, 2013. Winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog that evening.
  3. Giveaway open to US residents, only (so sorry, further-flung friends).
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.
Disclosure: Fillmore Container sent me two sets of the JarBOX for review and photography purposes. My opinions remain my own. 

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682 thoughts on "Giveaway: The JarBOX (sponsored by Fillmore Container)"

  • Wow, this is an embarrassing entry but they are all over the place these days. The filled ones live on shelves in my bedroom closet, and the empties that I don’t use for leftovers sit in shallow boxes underneath.

    The empties that get used for day to day storage used to live on my kitchen windowsill, but now that I can have the window open, they clutter up my counter… I would love to have one of those JarBOXes to turn my old tupperware cabinet into working jar storage.

  • Be still my wizened and blackened heart. My jars are everywhere. This could possibly be the answer to my disarray of glass treasures, filled and empty. Small NYC apartments are a challenge. I shall dream tonight of winning these and then road test them. They certainly look like the answer for the quarts. Broke three last month. Sigh.

  • Stored jars? Wow! I never realized they were supposed to be stored. I thought they were supposed to be hanging out on my back porch nagging to get refilled. ;>

    One of my biggest challenges is remembering to ‘shop’ my shelves in the workroom. After all the work put into filling the jars, it is such a disapointment to find so many still full in the spring because I forget to bring them into the kitchen in a regular fashion.

  • This is one of the most clever things I’ve ever seen; it’s amazing that people have been canning for years and no one has ever thought of a good way to tidy the jars. I’ve always kept mine in the original boxes, but they get damaged (or worse yet moldy if you have a yucky basement), or (horrors) if you’re husband throws them away. Some of mine are living on top of the spare freezer in our basement, a cluttered mess. And like you, I “ran” to the store last year (which is MILES away from us) to buy another box of quart jars, only to discover on another shelf in the basement, a full box of empty quart jars. I’d love to win this, but even if I don’t, whoever does will surely enjoy the gift.

  • A few in the pantry in the kitchen, the rest on shelves in the garage. What a great idea this is. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • I have a big plastic bin that I put my empties in. The pile grows and grows through the winter. In the summer I get nervous I won’t have enough to can and then I buy more; vicious cycle.

  • Random piles in a few cupboards in the basement – some in bags, some in old cardboard boxes. This product looks fantastic.

  • My jars are all stored in boxes. It just dawned on me that I should store them upside down!! It would mean that there would be less dead spiders and rolly polly’s in the jars! The JarBox would keep them from banging and clanging around too!

  • I re-use the boxes the jars come in until they are too worn to hold anything. I have jars in the basement-on shelves and in boxes, jars in the kitchen, jars everywhere…just ask my hubby…hahaa

  • I use Christmas ornament storage bins for my empty jars. They work really well for the half pint jars and ok for pint jars.

  • I desperately need these! Currently, I store my jars upside down on a shelf — single layer. It wastes a huge amount of my kitchen cabinet space!

  • I have empties in the cabinets and in boxes and full ones in a bookshelf and on top of cabinets. I would love to use these to free up some cabinet space without worrying about dust!

  • Looks like it could be a decent product, it may help solve some of my issues with my jar storage problems. I use whatever, boxes, paper bags etc. to store the jars. I have limited space so they go wherever I can put them.

  • At this point, I keep them on a shelf or in my cabinets. Sometimes I have to search all over for them!

  • Currently I am storing my jars in garbage bags placed in lidded boxes that once held printer paper. I keep them in the bags so they don’t get too dusty or dirty, and in the old xerox boxes so I can stack them. But this newfangled thing looks pretty cool!

  • I don’t really have a storage system for my jars, they just all get dumped into cardboard boxes where I have kept the original flat I bought them in. My husband will probably buy me a ton of these because he hates the mess that my jars make.

  • I am moving this weekend and I am flummoxed by how to store my jars in the new home. This box would really help!

  • Let me just say that it’s brilliant that you turn the jars upside down for storing so they don’t collect dust! I hate dust on kitchen stuff. And it’s really smart to store them under your bed.

  • My jars live under the bed and are currently dominating a large ammount of cupboard space too. I always worry about a jar under the bed breaking and making a huge mess under there.

  • This is amazing! My jars are everywhere!! I’m embarassed to say that, but really, they are! Mostly in the cold room, but some on the stairs, some on the counters, some full, some empty……

  • My empty jars are out in the garage in their original boxes, stacked rather precariously. My jars of canned goods are in an old hutch in the dining room. I love opening the old doors and peeking in. It makes me feel connected to all who canned food before us.

  • That’s pretty cool! My jars? They’re EVERYWHERE!! In boxes, on shelves, stuffed into cupboards, in the garage…everywhere…something like this would be pretty awesome!! 🙂

  • What a great idea! Like most I have jars stored “everywhere”. It might be frightening to try to figure out how many of these I actually might need to corral all my jars, but one would be a good start.

  • Oh man, do I need this! We’re getting ready for a fairly long-distance move and my heart was breaking in advance thinking of either giving all my jars away or unpacking broken ones at our destination. They’re currently stored in my basement on some shelving awaiting summer harvests (I know, I know…not MY summer harvest’s given the move).

  • I love this idea, I hope we see more sizes available in the future, right now I have them shoved and stacked any way I can in my linen closet!

  • I store them in a big cardboard box in the garage… in earthquake prone San Francisco. I NEED these!!

  • Like everthing else in my life, it all started out organized and has resolved into chaos. The second law of thermodynamics in action. Unused jars were kept in their original storage baxes. Now years later there are not enough boxes. What goes on here? I think I’ll blame the ’80s when our home was populated with 4 children of widely spread ages. I have not caught up since then. Filled jars are now kept in some order together on shelves at the bottom of the basement steps. This all reminds me of Grandma Anna who was a neat German woman who sewed curtains with tiny flowers for her canning shelves. I loved pulling the curtain aside and staring at the beautifully arranged and gleaming colorful jars of peaches, tomatoes and jams.

  • Oh if you could only see how I store them….stacked all over the place! It’s beginning to look like a bomb shelter and I’ll be prepped with lots of jam! I would love a better way to store these then stacked will nilly in the cardboard boxes and on top of each other. I’m in earthquake country and need a better solution!

  • Right now, they are in a jumble in several cabinets, the pantry and a repurposed dresser for the really short jars.

  • While I love these…I think my husband would love them more! We currently have glass jars just about everywhere right now. What a brilliant idea!!

  • I store in old Ball boxes that my Grandma had and cardboard boxes in general. I have an issue with out of sight out of mind though…

  • Mine are in my former linen closet. I put thick hairbands on them to keep them from clinking together and maybe cracking. A Jarbox would be great!

  • Currently, my jars are a mess in the garage in boxes- lids strewn about. Canned goods however seem to earn more organization on shelves inside carefully arranged and labelled. The jarbox would def. help keep dust out of unused jars as well!

  • This is brilliant! I actually just organized some of my empty jars this morning as they were a jumbled mess, but they are just wasting space sitting on shelves in the pantry.

  • My wife is the canner and I find jars stored all over the place. This would be a nice way to organize at least some of them and try a product before buying a large quantity of them. Thanks for the chance.

  • I try to save the boxes that the jars were purchased in, and the dividers. But even with liberal doses of duct tape it’s not a great solution.

  • They are taking up valuable shelf space in my kitchen…this would be great to move them to the garage!

  • Wow! Amazing. I need to check this out. I have a few hundred jars. I couldn’t buy all at once to meet the need of my jars but a little a time would be do-able.

  • I store my jars in a cupboard that’s fast becoming too full. It works pretty well except when the cat jumps on the counter and starts working on her gravity experiments!

  • I have my jars stacked up in the closet. But I also have empty jars around the kitchen that I use for everyday items, such as storing grains. Love love love my glass jars.

  • I currently have a laundry room/pantry in my basement with shelves that my Dad built years ago for storing canned goods, jars and supplies. I store the empty jars in their boxes right now, but do have the jostling issue. I would love to try out the jarBox!

  • I would love a jarBox!! I currently don’t have a sustainable plan to keep all my canning jars. A few jars are kept in vairious cupboards all over my apartment!!

  • Greetings, I am leary about storing them in a box and forget individually, as I am a clutz (since I can remember). I’ve just introducted juicing in my life and have purchased some jars from Walmart for my smoothies that I will place in both the fridge and freezer. This will help in not having a mess on my hands. Great invention!!! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • I am currently storing my jars in the boxes they came in – and some in a drawer. These would be great! Also, I never thought of storing jars under the bed, great idea!

  • I have a cabinet above my fridge that can only be reached with a stepladder. When I’ve collected a few cleaned jars on the counter, I move them to the cabinet. I use a piece of sturdy cardboard on top, so that I can double-stack them. The smaller 8 oz ones I just leave out to use for taking snacks to work.

  • Currently my canning jars are in giant tupperware containers with cardboard box pieces between them. Each of these containers has about 10 free jars sitting on top collecting dust because I don’t have enough! My basement is crying out for these!

  • The word would be haphazardly… in the boxes they came in, or in an old cooler with the lid off, on the porch in “office paper” boxes, under the dog grooming table, on a shelf next to the washing machine. I need these containers!

  • we have a big basement with plenty of shelves, but things still get bumped and it’s a pain to carry everything up and down a few at a time, i would likely use this for taking batches from the kitchen to the basement!

  • I keep my jars on shelves in the mudroon on high shelves. I keep them in the boxes they come in and cut the plastic 3/4s of the way around so it still drapes over them as a dust barrier. But all the jars I have picked up here and there at random are just sitting upside down on the shelving. My filled ones are in the kitchen mostly. If I actually manage to make something especially appetizing it sits on the little shelf that runs along the top of my kitchen 🙂

  • I store my empty jars on rolling metal shelves(bought at an auction). I store the filled jars on wooden shelves, husband built. We are fortunate to have a basement. Please enter me in the jarBox draw.

  • i store them back in thier original boxes, and we’ve got an entire cabinet devoted to filled and empty jars. it’s basically the jam cabinet.

  • We store our jars in the original boxes with the cardboard dividers. The boxes are labeled and dated like the jar lids and stored in the basement on shelves made from 2×4’s and plywood…

  • They are shoved in boxes, in bookcases, on top of cabinets (if they’re of the lovely sort) & stacked in closets. Basically, any free space available.

  • In boxes on gorilla racks in the garage…a whole 6×6 foot gorilla rack…but with no lids the mice get in. These look perfect!

  • Mine are stored in their original boxes on a super-sturdy set of shelves in the garage. These would be great to keep them from knocking against each other!

  • I store my jar wherever I can: shelves, boxes, cupboards, … No earthquakes around here so no problem with breaking jars!

  • Wow. I have been kicking myself for throwing out their original boxes, and have jars wedged into nooks and crannies. I have one shelf in the kitchen that I use for jars “in rotation” for dry goods and leftovers. Overflow is relegated to the garage, some loose in random cardboard boxes stacked on shelves, and others more securely stored in yet other random, but more appropriately-sized, cardboard boxes. I can’t tell how many jars I have of what sizes because there is NO system. I love the idea of this product, and the idea of storing them under my bed!

  • Seems as if there is a jar or two in just about every room in the house! The last jar of pickled watermelon is hiding in my nightstand 😉

  • Great looking product!

    A friend made wooden boxes which hold 12 pint jars each. We use 8 or so of those for storing (and stacking) quite a few jars. Some are stored loose in my grandmother’s pie cabinet. Quarts are stored here and there. We did save the boxes from the new jars and use and reuse them until they are in pretty sad shape!

  • Some of our empty jars are stored in a cupboard (in the cardboard box trays they came in). Others are with our mugs in a kitchen cabinet ..we do tend to drink out of our wide mouth pint jars. And there’s an overflow of emptied jars on the counter…

  • I use the boxes the jars come in; they sit on a shelf in the garage when not in use.

  • What a nifty idea! I’m constantly transporting jars for canning classes and the original boxes wear out quickly with all that moving around. These would be fab!

  • I have always kept them in the half boxes they come in. But this simple idea would make moving a WHOLE lot easier!

  • I keep my empty jars in my garage in the cupboards that I store my canned food in. They always take up the same amount of space either full or empty. I also keep several empties rotating through my kitchen for quick-grab food storage.

  • So much better than a banana box! I am constantly transporting empty/full jars back and forth from the Oregon coast to my sister’s place in Coeur’d Alene Idaho. Cool idea and beats smelling pickle juice for 10 hours 🙂

  • I store them in the divided box they came in, precariously stacked on an unstable kid’s table in the garage. I have been waiting for something like this to come along!

  • I am the one who has to stack the boxes of empty jars in the barn, complete with old newspapers so they don’t clang together and break.

  • Milk crates are my go to, but then I have a large garage area devoted to jar storage. The problem, of course, is that I absolutely have to wash them very well after all the dust, woodchips, hay ect accumulates in them all winter and spring.

  • I wish I had a designated storage place, or method, or thought, or idea on the best way to store jars. Sadly they are in boxes and bags in just about every closet in the house.

  • Love the little jars for jelly, much nicer to put labels on the smooth ones then the fancy ones! I keep as many as I can in the boxes!

  • These holders look great. Currently I save the boxes my jars come in, or I use moving boxes and squish paper towels in between the jars, but it’s an imperfect method, for sure.

  • I have jars everywhere! Some in the original boxes, some on the pantry shelves and some tucked under the sink. These would be a great start to getting organized.