The recent revival of the art of canning has also brought about a new appreciation for the humble glass canning jar. Here are five classics:
The Kilner Preserve Jar is the British version of the Ball Mason jar, dating to the 1840s. Available as a set of four in two sizes: $19.95 for the 16.9-ounce jar and $24.95 for the 33-ounce jar from Williams-Sonoma. Comes with metal screw band and metal vacuum seal disk.
Above: The Bormioli Rocco Quattro Stagioni Jars from Italy come with the signature gold lid; $8.95 to $10.95 for a set of four, depending on size, from Sur La Table.
Above: Weck Mini Mold Jars, a German staple since 1900 when Johann Weck pioneered the science of water-bath canning; $34.95 for a set of 12 from Williams-Sonoma Agrarian (includes rubber ring and metal clips).
Above: A French classic: Le Parfait Canning Jars, which come with a rubber ring and a wire-hinged locking lid for sealing: $7.95 to $17.95 from Sur La Table. Also available in a terrine size: Le Parfait Terrine Canning Jars: $6.95 to $11.95.
Above: An American classic, Ball Mason canning Jars. Ball offers the largest line of different sizes. Shown here (L) the Ball 32-Ounce Wide Mouth Mason Jar is $12.99 for a 12-pack and (R) the Ball 8-Ounce Regular Mouth Mason Jar is $9.49 for a 12-pack from Ace Hardware. Both come with bands and dome lids.
For more canning equipment, see "10 Easy Pieces: Canning Essentials."