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The Mason Jar Project

United by Mason jars! This is the place to share your very favorite Mason jar memories and stories (and read memories and stories from others)! Share your story in the comments. Enjoy!

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  1. Every summer throughout my childhood, I enjoyed a week or two on my grandparents’ farm in rural North Dakota. I remember vividly the warm, dry afternoons, and heading out to my grandma’s garden behind their house. We would pick cucumbers and giant sprigs of dill. In particular, I gravitated toward the little cucumbers; I liked making “mini” pickles. We would head back into their farmhouse, with bounty in hand, and lay everything out on the counter. Then, my grandma would get out her trusty Ball jars, and go through the process of sterilizing them. We made my grandma’s patented seasoning/vinegar mix, which she knew by heart. I was particularly fascinated by how the jar lid “automatically” sealed from the heat and pressure of the canning process. And then, the waiting began. Grandma told me that the pickles would be ready in a few weeks, but we always made one jar with thinly sliced cucumbers so I could enjoy them during my stay, but even those needed at least a day. I literally sat with the jars on my lap, watching and waiting. I think that the saying “like watching paint dry” could be interchanged with “like watching cucumbers pickle.” Looking back, I’m pretty sure that the biggest lesson I gleaned from it all was patience. Both patience from having to wait for my finished product, and the patience my grandmother modeled for me in slowing down her process and letting her young granddaughter make her own pickles, which, now that I have three young children of my own, I realize is truly admirable. At 35, I’m fortunate to still regularly have the opportunity to spend time with my grandma, but it’s been decades since we’ve made pickles. Come to think of it, I may just have to bring some cucumbers and Mason jars the next time I visit her.

  2. I was raised in the mountains of Montana. I had a dear elder neighbor who I would visit, walking the dirt road up to their home on the peak of the hill on their property to visit. She taught me to pickle. Not only to pickle cucumbers, but also carrots, watermelon rinds, etc. I remember the wide range of colors in the pickling jars. It was an early memory of learning not everyone does things the same way.

  3. Back in the early 70’s, there was an abandoned farm out behind our neighborhood, complete with a house in serious disrepair & decorated with graffiti. Spooky doesn’t begin to describe it, but that didn’t stop us from exploring it top to bottom. Once we found the door leading to the dirt floor basement, we couldn’t believe our eyes!!! Shelves & shelves full of canned goods still in those tall blue Mason jars with the metal lids!!! What was any self respecting 8 year old to but go get a bat! We smashed those suckers like baseballs! Green beans, peaches & Lord knows what else shattering like blue candy & sticky mess….the dirt floor was covered…..
    I look back on it now & think, “WHAT HAVE I DONE?!” It seemed like there were hundreds of them.
    Anyways, I treasure the few old blue Mason jars with the porcelain lined tops (that I had to buy!) that I have left…

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