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Kilner & Mason Jars
Thu 22-Sep-11
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Well said Maura

Sat 22-Oct-11
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The name Kilner has become associated with all types of preserving jars in the UK much as all vacuum cleaners are called Hoovers. Kilner made their first rubber sealed preserving jar in Yorkshire in 1919 and that type of 4 part (jar,glass lid,rubber seal and metal or plastic screw ring) or 3 part (jar, metal/rubber sealing disc and metal screw ring) were made in 4 different types over the years up to about the year 2000 when production ceased. The current owners of the trade mark bought out a new range of 3 part jars in about 2009 and are still available. The clip top jars were I belive first produced by Le Parfait in France and were called "French Kilners" and are now made by many companies including a range by Kilner. Since Kilner stopped production of the jars there has been a problem sourcing the necessary spare parts. A website http://www.preservingjarparts.co.uk has been set up and can supply new seals for all the Kilner jars ever made and because Kilner was extensively copied these seals fit many other makes of jars. Have a look at the site there is a lot of interesting information and history of preserving jars and the owner is always pleased to answer questions over the phone.

Sat 22-Oct-11
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I can get packs of the metal seals for Kilner here and also packs of the rubber seals for Le Parfait. I buy more when they are low in price and now have loads. I mostly use these for fruit and chutney and reuse jam jars, or pickle etc with new lids I buy from Lakeland. I have never had a problem with mould. The main reason I make my own is to avoid the chemicals.

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Sun 23-Oct-11
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ive got an eclectic mix of Kilners , mainly sourced from car boots and charity shops , best buy 3 huge clip tops that cost a £1 from the local library mcmillan stall, ive also a big box of the metal lid ones that i havent had to use yet , i tend to use my red and orange tops first plus recycled jam jars, mold has only ever been a problem once in a batch of marrow and ginger preserve never did figure out what went wrong there ?

Wed 25-Jul-12
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Can I ressurect this thread please?

I haven't got round to sorting out my glass kilner jars yet but I would quite like to buy some small size Le Parfait jars for our own supply of jams and jellys. How does the sealing process work with this type of jars. Do you just steralise the jar in the oven and then pour the hot/warm jam into them and close the top - is that it?

I wasn't sure if this type of jar had to be water bathed or not.

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I use these jars and have never water-bathed them for jams etc, but if I were preserving meats in them I would definitely water-bath.

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Wed 25-Jul-12
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Original Redhead said:

I use these jars and have never water-bathed them for jams etc, but if I were preserving meats in them I would definitely water-bath.

 

Thanks for reply - think I'll have a look for some on the internet and buy half a dozen for ourselves. I give away most of the jam I make so use a combination of used jars and ones I buy but would like a few nice ones for the table.

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