antique jars


My new "favorite thing" in the kitchen.  Antique jelly jars with tin lids.  David’s aunt Alice Ann gave me a whole box of them.  She inherited them from her mother, and had them lying around in her basement for years and years.  They were old fashioned jelly jars, the kind her mother used to seal with paraffin when she made homemade jams.  She said she was quite happy to be rid of them: I think she’s just being generous.  Of course I was being greedy, if you’ve been around here long enough you know my obsessions with glass jars.

They are on my counter now, repurposed as salt containers.  Quite handy for the different salts we use frequently.  From left to right, fleur de sel from Brittany, kosher salt, Australian red salt, Mexican sea salt from the sea of Cortez (found for 5 pesos a bag at a market in Todos Santos.)  I still have a whole box load, my mind is racing, so many possibilities, so many things I could do with these little darlings.  Stay tuned for more!

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17 Responses to “antique jars

  • William said:
    July 31st, 2008 at 9:11am

    Love these jars… a word of warning though, salt is very destructive to metals, particularly older alloys. If you lacquer the inside of the lids they won’t rust (plastic-wrap just wouldn’t look right…)

  • alex said:
    July 31st, 2008 at 9:27am

    William is right. The salt will turn the lid into a nice grey goo of goos…. or give your salt that tinny flavor that we all love when we were kids….ummmmm! Yuck! LOL!
    On the bright side, those would make lovely tea cups for your mint tea, no?

  • Carolina Santos said:
    July 31st, 2008 at 10:01am

    Dear, I love it your blog, beauty pictures, and interesting posts, congratulations. Kissess.

  • Pim said:
    July 31st, 2008 at 11:14am

    hmm….what about if I put a layer of wax inside the tin lids? I don’t have lacquer handy but I have plenty of candles.
    Thanks for pointing this out. Meanwhile I think I’m just going to do a layer of plastric wrap between the lids and the salt, just for now.

  • Rebecca said:
    July 31st, 2008 at 12:02pm

    What pretty little jars! I love little housewares that so many other people don’t care for, and give away. My favorite are my great-aunt’s mother in law’s deco gazelle high ball glasses. I love them.

  • sam said:
    July 31st, 2008 at 6:09pm

    everyone is beating me to my jar obsession post. I have been collecting jar pictures for months. I just haven’t gotten round to being ready to post it yet. If I leave it long enough, everyone might forget that others posted about it before me. Did you see the Gourmet Jar stuff this month? Lovely stuff!

  • E for KC said:
    July 31st, 2008 at 6:51pm

    What a fabulous idea! Not only are they useful but they are also so pretty. What a great reminder of home and family.

  • Dr. Biggles said:
    August 1st, 2008 at 12:58pm

    Old people are so cool, I hope to get there some day.
    I used to wonder, “How the !@#$% could you keep something like that around for 60 years !?!” Now that I’ve been in my home now for 8.5 years? It’s easy, real easy. Just leave it there, can’t get any simpler than that.
    xo, Biggles

  • faustianbargain said:
    August 2nd, 2008 at 11:48am

    it’s driving me crazy when i see that the second one is taller than the rest. and the first one’s glass grooves from the bottom is shorter than the last two. and that they are touching each other. and oh god!! the differing levels of salt! my quirks re symmetry is my own curse(its hardwired, i think)…not a criticism of your photograph.
    other than that..the jars are pretty..the colours too.. esp the one with the pink salt. are the lids tight?

  • silvia elena said:
    August 2nd, 2008 at 4:03pm

    hola pim,hoy vi un reportaje acerca de los blob en el cable a traves del national geografhic channel….y saliste tu tu amigo david y otros …muy interesante tu blog no cosino tan bien como tu …pero he leido tu blog y esta super interesante de hecho q voy a aprender algo mas aqui …la cosina peruana es muy rica y variada …ojala pronto pongas un plato peruano en tu blog….muchos exitos pim .

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    August 3rd, 2008 at 11:34am

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  • MNZ said:
    August 3rd, 2008 at 4:23pm

    I LOVED IT!!
    (food can be really interesting)

  • Lu said:
    August 4th, 2008 at 3:47am

    I love these! I want these! Great use for your salt varieties. 🙂

  • Katie said:
    August 7th, 2008 at 5:42am

    What a find. I love to resuse old items and find new lives for them. The above posters are correct about salt and metal. I learned that the hard way when I kept salt in a metal container for a short time.

  • Parisbreakfast said:
    August 25th, 2008 at 2:57am

    Love love love the jam jars!
    Anything jammy, but I’ve yet to make some…
    I just paint them..particularly mini jam jars!
    Merci 🙂

  • exploration xrf said:
    December 9th, 2008 at 10:06pm

    Lovely jars.You used only salt in all jars.But we can use to store different varieties like pickle,jam etc….

  • Billie said:
    November 20th, 2010 at 8:44pm

    I love your jars! Antique jars are especially pretty!

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