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Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« on: November 24, 2010, 09:53:37 PM »
So, I'm at the local Wal-Mart the other day wearing the 2.5 year old out, and during our stroll, I come across Wal-Mart Brand Canning jars.  I was somewhat distracted (reference above 2.5 year old boy), so I didn't notice the price difference with Mason jars.  Has anyone ever used these?  If so, how are they?
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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2010, 07:07:42 AM »
My walmart only has Ball and Mason. I kind of fear anything with a walmart label. Could be made in China? ;D

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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2010, 07:31:59 AM »
My local Walmart carries Ball, Kerr, and Golden Harvest.

At least they did...they are about gone for the season.

I haven't seen a "Walmart" brand yet.

The Golden Harvest are less expensive. I've used them for several runs, they seem to work fine, but are slightly larger in size as evidenced by having to use one less jar per full capacity in my pressure canner.


I'd be interested in hearing about these (Walmart Brand) as well...and where they are manufactured.
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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2010, 08:16:14 AM »
I haven't seen them, but did some Googling and there are several reports of a Walmart brand (Mainstay?) of jar.  Several say that they are actually more expensive than Ball and that they are made in China.

There were also some reports of a Better Homes & Gardens canning jar that's also made in China.

Also, I read somewhere in the past that Ball, Kerr and Golden Harvest are all made by the same company.  Not the same jars, but all made by Alltrista.  Here's some details
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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2010, 09:16:12 AM »
My Kroger keeps a full canning section stocked year round.

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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2010, 12:07:24 PM »
My Kroger keeps a full canning section stocked year round.


Same here, as does Ingle's. But the jars run around $9.00-$10.00 per dozen.  Too rich for my wallet.

But the Ball standard lids are $1.50/pack (at Krogers & Ingles), so I pick up a couple every time we purchase some groceries there...
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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2010, 01:22:38 PM »
I saw those and opened a box to check them out. I wasn't impressed; they didn't have the same markings on them and looked like they were thinned (think mayo jar). They also had "Better Homes and Gardens" jars and accessories. They Mainstay (WalMart) jars were only marginally les than the Ball jars at regular price, but the Ball jars were on sale, maybe they will be getting rid of that brand at the stores.
The Better Homes and Garden jars looked like any other jar, but a bit more expensive.

I will stick with Ball or Kerr and buy at Hardware stores if I need to. The size for all jars is supposed to be universal and the lids should fit all brands.
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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2010, 03:51:25 PM »
My apologies to the OP. This is somewhat off topic, but since prices were mentioned I thought I'd pipe in...

I just posted a thread in the The Money Board/Great Deal Forum about how to get some relatively inexpensive Ball Brand Mason Jars at ACE. You won't be able to stock up unless you have family members willing to take the trip down to the local hardware store at different intervals, but it's something.

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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2010, 07:37:49 PM »
I work at WalMart, and the onyl jars I think you'd be talking about are the Better Homes ones that are normally in the Housewares section. Ball, and Kerr will also be there, but they also get an aisle in Grocery a few times a year (peak canning seasons). I've never used them, but I have stocked them and written claims for them after unloading them from our GM truck. Just from these experiences, the only info I can give you is that they SEEM the same as all the brands we use and have been using for years. I could always pick up a box some time and try them and let every body know how they are.
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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2010, 09:36:36 AM »
I have several cases of the Golden Harvest jars, pint and quart size. I can't see any difference in their quality. They typically seem to be a few bucks cheaper than Ball or Kerr, so when I have needed jars and couldn't wait for sales, I have bought them.

They seem to be just fine, imo.

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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2010, 08:33:21 PM »
I'm pretty sure that Ball, Kerr, and Golden Harvest are all made by the same company.  They are now all under the Jarden Home products umbrella (the same company that makes Foodsaver vacuum sealers).  Never heard of a wall mart brand.  Glass is not all the same, and can be contaminated with some nasty stuff.  I would try to avoid anything that touches my food that is Made in China, but I'm a little retentive about food.

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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2010, 07:26:58 AM »
I have several cases of the Golden Harvest jars, pint and quart size. I can't see any difference in their quality. They typically seem to be a few bucks cheaper than Ball or Kerr, so when I have needed jars and couldn't wait for sales, I have bought them.

They seem to be just fine, imo.


I've not had any issues with the quality of the Golden Harvest jars.  :)

They seem to take a seal fine.

It's kinda strange, but maybe it's just their exterior dimensions, I can only fit 6 quarts in each layer of my canner versus seven quarts of Ball or Kerr in each layer.

I've read of others having the same issues...but believe me...it's not a problem as they are less expensive compared to Ball & Kerr around here as well.
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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2010, 01:30:15 PM »
Do they say "mason" on them? If they do, then they must be OK, I would think. I haven't see them, but one of the Wal-mart stores near me always has Kerr, and if not, then Tractor Supply has Ball. I'll keep an eye out. I use mason jars for deydrated food, not just canning. If the price is right I would consider  using them for that.

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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2010, 04:03:46 PM »
I had never heard of Golden Harvest.  But I opened some beans that we canned this Summer and one of the jars was a Golden Harvest jar.  Nothing wrong that I could see.  They do seem to be a different shape.
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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2010, 06:55:51 AM »
I have some jars that had pasta sauce in them that I have continued to use for dried foods that have "mason" on them. However, they seem to be of thinner glass than my canning jars, are slightly smaller and I would be a bit reluctant to use them for canning. Has anyone re-used those jars for actual canning with good success?

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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #15 on: November 28, 2010, 07:06:33 AM »
LvsChant ;

I personally haven't used jars like you mentioned, but I'm pretty sure I recall reading Jackie Clay mention she has.

Do you remember the name brand of the sauce with Mason on the jars?
Will they accept standard canning rings & lids?

It might be something to consider.
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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #16 on: November 28, 2010, 08:43:47 AM »
I have some jars that had pasta sauce in them that I have continued to use for dried foods that have "mason" on them. However, they seem to be of thinner glass than my canning jars, are slightly smaller and I would be a bit reluctant to use them for canning. Has anyone re-used those jars for actual canning with good success?

I have a few of them.  I haven't used them for canning yet because I have a surplus of Kerr/Ball jars at the moment.  The ones I have were from Classico, I think, and are not a full quart I don't think.  I trust the glass in them but the odd size (and the previously mentioned surplus) has kept me from canning in them so far.

Since canning lids work fine I've been using them for dry storage, including vacuum for specialty coffee.  I also use them with a screened canning ring top for sprouting.   I have a batch of lentil sprouts ready for dinner tonight in one of those jars right now...
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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #17 on: November 28, 2010, 10:04:42 AM »
Hey, Jackie Clay is the canning queen... if she says they work fine, I'll definitely try it in the future. I think Classico sounds right, as far as brand name is concerned. They do take a standard small mouth canning lid on top with no problem, too.

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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #18 on: November 28, 2010, 02:23:53 PM »
Thank you fratermus & LvsChant.

Yeah, Jackie Clay is my "Go-To" source. Remarkable Lady!  :)

That's what I like about her works...real world experiences with alternative answers.

I'll keep an eye out for some of the Classico brand and give it a try.
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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2010, 11:58:36 PM »
I have Ball and Kerr that I bought decades ago, but for the past 20 or so years, I have mainly added Golden Harvest to my stockpile and they last and function just fine compared to Ball and Kerr.  The glass thickness of ALL brands have been getting thinner over the years - it isn't too hard to tell my oldest jars from the newest jars.  I have one very old Kerr pint jar, an old squarish one, and that thing is TWICE as thick as any of my other jars - name brand or not.
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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #20 on: December 01, 2010, 12:06:02 AM »
I still use jars my great grand parents used alongside my new ones.
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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #21 on: December 01, 2010, 09:32:50 PM »
Our Wal-Mart here in Rogers, Ar. have Ball kerr, golden Harvest and the new ones which are called Main Stays. I think these are te ones you are talking about. They are packed in a enclosed box wilth the lids and rings seperate on a cardboadr insert. They are made in China just like about 99.9 of te rest of Wal_Mart's items. I have two cases and they appear to be good jars and the price is right. I have taken some pictures but have been unable to put them on the page help some one . The price was $6 yankee dollars + change Jim

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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #22 on: December 01, 2010, 10:31:20 PM »
I have taken some pictures but have been unable to put them on the page help some one .  Jim

Hi Jim;

Here's a LINK to the thread about posting photos.
It's under "Tech Support and Forum Bugs" and entitled "How To Post A Photo To The Forum" by Sister Wolf.

I personally use photobucket and copy the <img>, but there are lots of options available, and many folks more knowledgeable than I at posting photos & vids.


I guess the Mainstay jars are slowly filtering around.
They aren't in my AO yet, but I suppose it's a matter on time.
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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #23 on: December 04, 2010, 04:22:34 PM »
I went to the Wal-mart in Terrell which is more of a rural area to get my vaccum sealer and right beside that was a stack of Mainstay canning jars. In a real box! A case of quart jars with lids and rings was 7.88. The famous brand ones were almost 11. I bought 2 cases and will let you guys know how they work. I would hate it but it would be cool if they exploded in my canner.  :wtf:

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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #24 on: December 05, 2010, 08:07:30 PM »
I was discussing this thread with my wife, and her uncle cans everything under the sun.  He said the Wally World jars being discussed only last a year or 2 before they started cracking while sterilizing.  I know I am fairly new here, but that is what I have heard.

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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #25 on: December 05, 2010, 08:10:27 PM »
Thanks for the info Tubby. It may be because they're some what thinner than the older jars, or just (as I suspect) an inferior glass product. I try to use the ones my family has used forever, they can take a beating. And any time I see any for sale, I nab them up.
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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #26 on: December 06, 2010, 02:52:15 AM »
Thanks for sharing the info Tubby.

I'm not surprised, really.

I'll stick with Ball, Kerr, and Golden Harvest as these seem to be working fine for me.

The stated minuscule price savings doesn't sound like much of a bargain if this is the case. 
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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #27 on: December 06, 2010, 12:10:36 PM »
My wonderful MIL and my FIL go to a lot of auctions.  They know of my prepping beliefs.  they scored  a pickup bed full of Ball jars for 5 bucks.  Got to love it when folks look out for you!

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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #28 on: December 06, 2010, 12:21:55 PM »
Wow, nice!


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Re: Wal-Mart Canning Jars
« Reply #29 on: December 06, 2010, 06:28:47 PM »
Talk about a score.
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