I made several flavors during the summer. So much so that I filled all my jelly jars. Everybody I know has been getting jam as birthday presents, thank-you gifts, house warming gifts, you name it. I’ll probably get some of the jars back, but I can’t count on it.
With no jars, but recipies I still wanted to make, I froze some fruit with intention to make the jam after I collect more jars.
Since I regularly shop all the area’s thrift stores I’ve learned that Goodwill has the best prices, 20¢ each for all mason jars. I can usually pick up at least one or two each time I visit. Slowly I’ve been building my jar inventory.
Knowing I will eventually be able to purchase all the jars I need at 20¢, I’ll only buy them elsewhere if they meet or beat that price. I do make exceptions though. Jelly jars come in a variety of sizes & shapes. My favorite 2 styles, 4 oz. wide mouthed and 2 oz. regular jars, seldom turn up so when I do see them I’m willing to pay a bit more.I like the 4 oz. because they are easier to load into the canning kettle and the 2 oz. size because my gift packs can feature a wider variety of flavors when I use them.
I carry a sales flyer from a retail store with me as a way to determine what a good price is. Monday I found 4 wide mouth 4 oz. jars at St. Vincent de Paul. I pulled out my ad and calculator and found they retail for 66¢ each. SVdP was asking 69¢. By pointing this out to the store manager I got them reduced to 39¢. Like I said it never hurts to ask. I’m well on my way to having the jars I need to make cranberry/strawberry jam.