The picnic season is here, and it's time to bring out the magic Mason jar. Mason jar is a glass jar with a threaded iron lid, which has appeared in many old American movies and popular Instagram posts. Mason jar seems to be omnipotent whether used for salads, cakes, yogurt, or as a water cup.
Mason jar was born to improve the method of storing food. It was invented by John Landis Mason, a blacksmith from Philadelphia, USA. Mason applied for a patent for his design in 1858, so the jar was named "Mason jar" after him.
Before the refrigerator was born and popularized, the birth of the Mason jar became dawn for American housewives, which perfectly solved the problem of preservation of pickled food. Mason jar is made of manganese bleached glass. People no longer have to guess what the food is. You can directly see what is inside and what has changed through the beautiful glass.
Mason Jar Size Guide
Whether you call them Mason jar, canning jar, or "Ball jar," they come in many different sizes and shapes. Before figuring out which types of Mason jars are suitable for your project, you need to learn how to check their sizes and shapes.
Frank and Edmund Ball founded Ball Brothers and improved the glass-blowing machine, and they realized the mass production of Mason jars. So "Ball jar" has also become synonymous with Mason jar. Its unique blue model is also called "Ball Blue." Kerr is another one of the most common Mason jar brands, and its product models are complete. In addition, there are brands such as WECK, LE PARFAIT, and Golden Harvest that produce Mason Jars. There is no doubt that different Mason jar manufacturers' size standards and designs have subtle differences and characteristics.
Mason Jar Sizing
Mason Jars are categorized in 2 key ways:
- Capacity: measured in ounces.
- Mouth diameter: regular (2.5" diameter) or wide (3" diameter).
Mason jars within each category also come in a variety of shapes and colors. Some have brand names and images on them, while others feature plain smooth sides.
Mason Jar Size Chart
If you are confused about Mason jar sizes, you are not alone. Meet a line-up of some of the most common jar sizes. The following dimensions are for reference only. The size standards of each manufacturer and each design are different.
Regular-Mouth Mason Jars
|32 oz.||1L||Quart Gallon||Sliced fruits and veggies, pickles, tomato-based juices, and sauces||NO|
|28 oz.||875 ml||Pint + Three Quart|| Sliced fruits and veggies, pickles, tomato-based juices, and sauces||NO|
|16 oz.||500 ml||Pint||Salsas, sauces, relishes, and pie fillings||NO|
|12 oz.||375 ml||Three Quarters Pint ||Jams, jellies, conserves, and marmalades, fruit syrups, chutneys, ||YES|
|8 oz.||250 ml||Half Pint||Jams, jellies, conserves, and preserves||YES|
|4 oz.||125 ml||Quart Pint||Mini storage: Jams, jellies, mustards, ketchups, dipping sauces, flavored vinegars||YES|
Wide-Mouth Mason Jars
|128 oz.||3L||One Gallon|| Sure seal bail storage jar||NO|
|64 oz.||2L||Half Gallon||Apple and grape juices||NO|
|32 oz.||1L||Quart Gallon||Pickles, tomatoes, and whole or halved fruits and vegetables||NO|
|24 oz.||750 ml||Pint + Half||Asparagus, pickles, sauces, soups, and stews||YES|
|16 oz.||500 ml||Pint||Salsas, sauces, relishes, and fruit butters||YES|
Tips For Buying Mason Jars
- If you are buying a new mason jar and are unsure which size to buy, we highly recommend the wide-mouth mason jar. They usually have a larger volume and a better choice of accessories and covers.
- There is no correct answer to the best Mason jar size. It all depends on the type of foods you are planning to can. It seems that many recipes call for quart and pint-sized jars.
- Keep in mind that the canning jar lids are only meant for one-time use. It is because they may not provide a proper seal the second time around. You can buy a pack of covers at a reasonable price.
Precautions for the use of Mason Jars
- Do not directly fire or use a gas stove to heat Mason jars.
- The heat-resistant temperature is -18 degrees Celsius to 220 degrees Celsius, and the maximum instantaneous heat-resistant temperature difference is 80 degrees.
- After taking out the glass jar from the refrigerator, let it stand to room temperature before adding hot food or liquid. The whole jar also must be completely cooled before being placed in the refrigerator.
- You should avoid the glass damage caused by the sudden temperature difference.