(Closed) Jam Jar Favors- using baby food jars, is this tacky?

posted 11 years ago in Favors
  • poll: What should I do

    Buy the canning jars for $85.00, it is worth people not thinking you are cheap!

    Who cares what your guest think, just use baby jars- It's eco friendly and cost effective!

  • Post # 17
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    Wannabee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I am doing this exact same thing! I had my best friend who has a baby save all her baby food jars. My Grandma makes jam and cans with all of her friends all of the time. You can use parrafin wax to seal the jars and keep the jam fresh. You can also boil the jars to seal them and that would be easier!

    I am going to put a label on the side of the jar and cover the top with a piece of cloth(mine is gingham purple- one of our wedding colors is eggplant) and tie it with something. They are super cute and, yes, completely sanitary!! 🙂 Good luck!

     

    Post # 18
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    @FallBride100111: You can find used lids, and jars all over thrift stores. This weekend I saw a pack of 32 for 5.00. You may have to go buy new seals. IMO Baby food jars seem very small for the effort. You should check local stores too they are pretty economical now..

    Post # 19
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    i would not use baby food jars because i would not want to risk poisoning my family and friends.  the jams will not seal properly.  even with canning jars, you have to replace the lids every time for a proper seal. 

    because jam is usually a high acid and high sugar food, the risk is not as high as home canned green beans but there’s still a risk.

    i love baby food jars.  can you pust something else in the jars instead?  a special spice blend or fancy cocoa powder?

    Post # 20
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Repurposing things shows creativity.  Save the money and don’t stress about what people may or may not think.

    Post # 21
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    Sorry but… this grosses me out a bit.  $85 isn’t that bad in the long run, the lids will actually seal, and your friends and family won’t get botulism!

    Post # 22
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Obviously you would boil the jars, but if you can’t get new lids I would also boil those and let people know that it needs to be used by a certain date.

    Post # 23
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    i found the best price and selection of jars at walmart.  i don’t like to shop at walmart but sometimes it’s the only place with the selection of jars.  ace hardware also seems to carry a lot but their prices are slightly higher. 

    i think jars should go on clearance soon so be on the look out for sales. my target usually put a lot of the lids and other supplies on sale at the end of summer.

    the 4 ounce jars are the most difficult to work with.  they don’t hold enough jam to make it worth the effort and are a pain to get in and out of my water bath canner.

    Post # 24
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We’re doing jam jars too! I found a bunch of spanish brand 4 oz ones at goodwill for 75 dollars for 156 of them. Try walmart, they have the cheapest ones.

    Post # 25
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We are using baby food jars and filling them with sunflower seed. Also covering with fabric but I spray painted the lids white and it covers all the print on them. 🙂

    Post # 26
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I wouldn’t think it was a big deal for something like candies that didn’t have to be sealed, but with jam – I personally wouldn’t eat it if it wasn’t in a proper canning jar. I’d be too scared that it didn’t seal properly.

    Post # 27
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Also, I don’t think boiling them will seal them properly.

    Post # 28
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    id use the jars, people reuse jars ALL the time when they are canning things .. so i dont see what the difference is here my mom used to make jam every couple years and when the jar was emptied she wash it out boil it use it for jam again and reseal it either with the stuff mentioned aboved or she would boil it again like mentioned above and we’ve never had any food poisening so i think you’ll be just fine… you could also use them for something else if your worried at all about poisening people put a couple scoops of hot chocolate mix in a plastic bag inside the jar with some marshmellos or something or you could do coffe beans, chocolates, and type of candy. pour some candle wax in them and make candle favors 

    Post # 29
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    Worker bee

    ETA: Doh, I just realized this is an old thread. My bad. Hope this info was helpful to someone else. haha. Using the jars are fine, but please buy new lids! You can’t reseal any canning lids, and you’ll risk really hurting your family.

    4 oz Jelly Jar 12pk is 7.97 at my local walmart, and no shipping costs if you select pick up in store.  So that’s 63.76 for 8 cases.  http://www.walmart.com/ip/Kerr-Quilted-Crystal-4-oz-Jelly-Jars-12pk/16408606

    Post # 30
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    How are you going to properly seal them?

    I bought jam sized jars in person at Ace Hardware. Way better than having the shipped. They had to order me more palettes of them, but it took like 5 days at most and didn’t cost me anything extra.

    Post # 31
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    You can get jars from Michaels.

     

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