Day 7: BPA-Free Canning with Weck Jars

Day 7: Weck Jars

I have canned all my life, but I first learned about Weck jars about 18 years ago. They were the sexy European jars with cool shapes and these interesting clips. But back then, they were unattainable for me due to their high cost and the fact that you had to order them from Germany or England. A few years back, I saved up my pennies and bought a few. They rocked! I still use them and love them.

How to Can with Weck JarsToday, Weck jars are still expensive (although less than before) and they are a lot easier to find because more people are doing home canning. They are looking for unusual alternatives to the typical mason canning jars and Weck fits the bill.

Peaceful Valley/GrowOrganic.com

Luckily for us, Peaceful Valley/GrowOrganic.com has offered to give one of YOU a case of SIX beautiful Weck canning jars to try for yourself! Now, I have to tell you that Peaceful Valley is one of my favorite go-to resources for not only canning supplies and homesteading equipment but all things garden and farm related. I buy from them all the time.

I mean…  All. The. Time.

So, of course they needed to be included as a resource in my 31 Days of Living Homegrown and they graciously offered to share some Weck jars with one of you! I have more information on Peaceful Valley/GrowOrganic.com and the Giveaway below.

Weck Jars & Safety:

When I became a Certified Master Food Preserver (many years ago), I was sad to learn that the USDA does not officially endorse the use of Weck jars. However, this is NOT because the jars are unsafe. It is simply because they have not yet been tested by the USDA. But I can assure you that they are safe. They are the gold standard of canning practices in Europe & Canada.

What Does It Mean To Be BPA-Free?

BPA free canning jar - WeckAside from being sleek and cool, Weck jars are BPA free. But what does that mean?

Well, BPA stands for Bisphenol-A which is a synthetic estrogen used to make plastic hard and create a coating that keeps metal from rusting. It is currently in most of the standard canning lids except Weck (because they are glass) and Tattler Lids (which are made from a different kind of plastic). The bottom line is that you really don’t want your food to be in contact with BPA because it leaches into the food. And with Weck, it is a non-issue.

I wrote an extensive post on BPA in Canning Lids over on our TV show website. You can get more detailed information there.

How to Can with Weck Jars

Canning with Weck JarsAs you can see, Weck jars do not have the standard 2-part lid we are used to here in America. Instead, they have a glass lid, rubber gasket and two metal clips. The glass parts are used repeatedly, but the gaskets are replaced with each canning session.

Originally, this post was going to be on how to use a Weck jar for canning. But then I discovered that my favorite fellow canner, Marisa McClellan already wrote an excellent post with step-by-step instructions. So when you are ready to use a Weck, you can see all the steps at: Canning 101 – How to Can Using Weck jars. It is well done.

Other Uses:

Just like all canning jars, Weck jars can be used for other things besides canning! I keep a jar on my desk clipped and filled with paperclips. Okay…weird, I know! HA! But I l just love looking at this sleek jar every day.

I would love to hear some ways you all use canning jars (any brand) in non-canning ways. (See ways to win below)

The Giveaway!

Mini Weck Tulip Canning jar

Six Mini Jelly Weck Jars – Tulip Shape

The contest is now closed. Thank you for all of your comments! The winner will be announced shortly.

Even though it is not canning season, you do NOT want to miss an opportunity to get free jars! They will become your favorite for many, many years.

Our friends at Peaceful Valley/GrowOrganic.com are giving away the Weck jars for this post. Now, you may be surprised to learn that they carry canning supplies, but that is what I love about Peaceful Vally. They actually carry everything that a homesteader would want and they have informative how-to videos. Be sure to check them out.

The jars you can win are the Mini Jelly Tulip style. You get a case of SIX beautiful jars!

You get up to THREE CHANCES to win!

Subscribers are already automatically entered.

 

Increase your odds by doing all three of the following! 

  1. COMMENT: Leave a comment below telling us one “non-canning” way that you use canning jars or why you “need” these jars. You may do this once. (Example: “I use canning jars a vases” or “I need these sexy jars to make myself sexy.”)
  2. SUBSCRIBE: If you are not all ready a subscriber, sign up for my newsletter for a second way to enter. NO need to comment that you subscribed. I automatically get a notification if you. If you are already a subscriber to my weekly and/or monthly newsletter, you are already automatically entered once. No need to sign up again!
  3. SHARE ON FACEBOOK: Share this post on Facebook and come back and comment below that you did. (You may do this ONE TIME ONLY.)

DETAILS: You must live in the lower 48 states to win. (Sorry) The giveaway ends at midnight on Sunday, January 13th, 2013. Then I will randomly pick a winner and notify them via email. (So be sure your email address is correct when you comment or subscribe.). Once I have the winner confirmed, I will post here and on Facebook and Peaceful Valley will ship out the jars.

Good Luck!

This post is part of the 31 Days of Living Homegrown. Sign up for my newsletter (weekly or monthly) so you don’t miss any of the inspiration and resources I will be sharing for living local, fresh and homegrown!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for this post. All the opinions given here are my own. I just wanted to feature one of my favorite companies. The prize of free jars only goes to a lucky reader and I receive no compensation whatsoever in this contest.

 

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About the Author

Theresa Loe is the Co-Executive TV Producer and the On-Air Canning/Homesteading Expert for the national PBS gardening TV series, Growing A Greener World. She is a lifetime canner and a graduate of the Master Food Preserver Program. She studied both sustainable horticulture and professional culinary arts and she is a wrangler of chickens and two teenage children. (Not necessarily in that order.)

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