Selecting the right Ball® jar size for the job is an important part of the food canning process. Just like there are distinct knives for carving different foods, there are also varied canning jars from small mason jars to large mason jars, crafted to preserve different types of foods. So how do you know which of these sizes of mason jars are right for each recipe?
Ball® offers a variety of mason jar sizes designed specifically for the needs of home preservers found in our mason jar size chart to help you choose the best storage method possible. While certain jars, like those with straight or tapered sides, are ideal for freezing as well as for canning. Certain jars for canning, like those with shouldered sides, are ideal for shelf storage.
While jar shape can help you choose storage method, the jar mouth size can depend on a variety of factors. Regular Mouth Mason Jars work best with pourable foods such as jams, jellies, salsas, sauces, pie fillings, and vegetables. Wide Mouth Mason Jars allows for easier filling and works best with whole fruits and vegetables.
It’s best practice to refer to the canning recipe when it comes to selecting the perfect size jar for your application. Use the Mason Jar Size Chart below to help you select the mouth opening and jar shape that fit your needs. If you choose to process the recipe in a jar smaller than a quart but larger than a pint canning jar, follow the processing time given for quarts. If your jar selection is smaller than a pint, follow the processing time given for pints. Jams, jellies and other soft spreads canned in Quilted Crystal 4 oz, 8 oz, and 12 oz Jars use the same processing time as stated for an 8 oz jar.
In the world of home canning, selecting the right Ball® canning jar is crucial to effectively preserving your food's flavor. While the shape of the jar helps you decide on the storage method, the size of the jar's mouth depends on various factors. Always remember that Regular Mouth Mason Jars for canning are best for pourable foods like Ball® canning recipes for jams, jellies, salsas, sauces, pie fillings, and vegetables. Wide Mouth Mason Jars with their larger opening, make filling easier and are ideal for preserving whole fruits and vegetables. Selecting the right Ball® jar size for your canning days ensures that your preserved foods are correctly stored to retain their quality. So, take the time to make the perfect choice and enjoy the fruits of your labor throughout the year.