I have been searching for something to help me safely store my glass mason jars and keep them from shattering during an earthquake, as well as a way to “store” them when clean and empty. You may already know since I have mentioned in the past that I live in a very small home in dusty Southern Utah. I have my food storage under beds and in closets. I cannot store any food storage in my garage since the temperatures get way above 100 degrees in the Summer. My rolling shelves inside my house protect my #10 cans, and I can roll the shelves from the grand kid’s guest room to another room when they come to visit.
Yes, I live on an earthquake fault line, so I went online to see what I could get to protect the mason jars. After using my water bath canner, pressure canning or dry sealing my dry food with a FoodSaver I wanted something to store my filled glass mason jars.
JarBox to store mason jars:
I discovered the JarBox designed by Jeri McFarlane from Riverton, Wyoming. She is a woman just like me who wanted to keep her mason canning jars clean and free from dust. I sent her an email to ask about them and she sent a JarBOX for me to review. I have since purchased several to store my pint and quart jars inside. Now I have a safe clean way to store my empty jars in the garage. They are dishwasher safe, although I think it would be easier to just hand wash or hose them down.
The JarBox for mason jars:
Here is a little information about the JarBox. The JarBox is made with rigid plastic and they are available in versions to store quart and pint size containers. They have a “top” and “bottom” which are the same design. When you put two together it’s called a “tote,” so, two “totes” put together make a JarBOX. The JarBOX works with both wide and regular mouth jars. They are extremely sturdy. They “snap” together and you can stack them. This sure beats the old dusty cardboard jar boxes that get more flimsy year after year. I remember a jar leaking in one of those old cardboard boxes, what a mess!
These keep my jars dust and pest free, and if a jar happens to leak it will just fill the reservoir it’s stored in. Just think how nice it will be to transport your jars if you want to go can your harvest with a friend or family member at their home. These would carry the jars BOTH ways! I love these!
You can go to www.jarbox.com to read more about this awesome invention. They stack, they nest and they are mobile. They prevent breakage. They are designed to be heirlooms! These aren’t just for canning jars, I plan on storing my breakable peanut butter jars, glass jam jars, my favorite salsa in a glass jar, etc. The list goes on and on. I love to organize everything, and these could be used for more things than just my mason jars.
I just talked to Jeri via email and she is working on different sizes as we speak.
P.S. I just saw them at Walmart for $12.96! The price of mason jars has escalated in the last few years. Yikes! The jars cost more than the JarBOX! I have got to have a way to protect my jars NOW!