Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Jam Jars, and Lids.



Following-on from yesterday's posting, I found this a bit odd.

Like many, we tend to use old Bonne Maman jam jars for our own jams and jellies. The only problem is that the lids have built-in obsolescence; two years re-use is probably their maximum. I have plenty of glass jars, but a fastly reducing supply of usable lids.

Mr Amazon suggested these 12 lids (above) for $17.08 (€14.74 or £12.91). $1,40 each seems a lot of money just for a few simple lids; that's about the price of a jar of jam!

So, whilst shopping yesterday morning I bought a pack of 6 brand new Le Parfait jars, complete with lids, for €4.99 ($5.50 or £4.10).


Something, somewhere, don't seem right!

Also whilst chez Leclerc, I plumped for the Aberlour Single Malt Whisky for my winter tipple. I decided against the Jim Beam. I think I made a wise decision.




26 comments:

  1. Lids are silly money.
    I tasted Aberlour a couple of years ago. I only realised later that it was £200.00p for half a litre. I ought to have tasted it more slowly.

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    1. It was my Whisky of choice for Winter 2016. Totally delicious.

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  2. Yes I find those lids are expensive! We can buy "Quattro Stagioni" canning jars, in all sizes from big (1,5L) to very small (O,15L), at our supermarket and they cost next to nothing. The lids come in packets of three for 90c.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. I bought two large 1,5L Quattro Stagioni jars for my pickled Walnuts (see yesterday picture). It's the first year I've seen them on sale here.

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  3. I'm sure you made a wise decision on the whisky. Stick with what you know and enjoy!
    I don't buy jars, have a big box of peanut butter, jam, honey, pickle jars and now and again I have a big chuck out and half go to recycle. Problem is family know that I make jam and chutney and give their old jars as well.
    I am going to make some lemon curd today. Still got plenty of lemons.

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    1. I have plenty of jars, but the lids tend to start rusting after a few years. Perhaps I should revert to the old fashioned way of covering them.

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  4. Greaseproof paper lids in a bag with elastic bands and a piece to put on top of the jam were purchased by my mother from the local stationers at the same time as the doilies.

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    1. We always made our own paper lids, but I prefer the pukka metal ones. You can stack them!

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  5. Cro, the le Parfait lids themselves are available everywhere.... look for 6 covercules “le Parfait”.... about 2€. They are white with a very ‘60s “Home Made” design on top.... and “Fait Maison” around the rim.

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    1. That's what I was looking for yesterday, but couldn't find any. I'll try our local co-operative, they are more likely to have them. These (above) seemed like a good alternative.

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    2. At that price for 6, yes! I am in the middle of a “Cellier çort”.... jamjars of all shapes & sizes and contents of known and unknown origin. Also, the vast.... sorry, VAST... stock of empties is on the move.... “barely organised” chaos here!
      We have about two dozen Mason jars... my wife asked if her stateside colleagues could get her half a dozen packs of ten lids, 60 lids.... they got her an “outer”.... a box of 60 boxes of ten lids!! Errrr?
      Still, we’ve no problem with those then!!?

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  6. Ridiculous pricing. Same all across the board - except preserveshop.co.uk. You get the ginghams for £0.26/piece. Mind you before I passed on this happy news to you I checked their delivery charges. To Europe £29.95. So, say you ordered twenty lids that would make one lid £1.76 (incl. postage). Before you faint it's a flat charge; a clever marketing trick to make you order more than a few lids lids till delivery largely pays for itself. Still, you may like to have a look at the site.

    One moment I am green with envy of Haddock's produce, now we appear to be in the red and stirring phase,
    U

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    1. Yes, once it starts, everything comes in profusion. We will be jamming, freezing, and drying for several months.

      re the lids, I shall take LaPré's advice and look for the French Le Parfait ones. I'm sure I've seen them somewhere.

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    2. Or you could order the same diameter on-line from boboco.fr. Herself just did... 82mm diameter for the le Parfait jars are 2.90€ for 12.... took two days to arrive via la Poste!

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    3. Thanks. I've taken note of the site. If I can't get them at the agri co-operative I'll give it a go. The 82mm ones are what I need.

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  7. My husband is a marmalade lover and goes through it like a dose of salts !!! His favourite is Wilkin and sons Tiptree and I save all of the jars for my friend who makes marmalade in the winter when Seville oranges are around. I have accumulated hundreds of jars by the time winter comes around ! XXXX

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    1. I once pinched a couple of oranges from a tree in the main street in Marrakech, and made Marmalade when I got home. It was superb.

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  8. Sometimes the price of shipment is half the price of the item I buy. Another reason to buy local.

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    1. Amazon occasionally have crazy shipment costs, compared to what one is wanting to buy. I go without; or find elsewhere.

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  9. I live close to a company that stocks all sorts of packaging including jar lids, they are just pennies to buy - about a dozen different sizes too.

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    1. I'm sure they're easily available here too. I've been lazy and only looked in one store. I'll look around; we need a lot more.

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  10. Made two jars of cherry jam today, or syrup should I say as the damned stuff won't set.

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    1. You're lucky to have Cherries; most people (including us) haven't.

      Add Eau de Vie, and drink it!

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  11. Hello!

    My wife makes her own yogurt. She is very fussy about lids. I am the main beneficiary of this hobby so I also appreciate the good lids.

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    1. We used to make our own Yog, many years ago. No milking herds around here now!

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