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The Many Uses of the Ball Jar – Thermos Jug

There are so many ways to use a Ball jar
– as a vase, a place to put your loose change at the end of the day, a
candle holder and many more. Sometimes, however, an alternative use was
determined by the company and was very specific.

the pictured thermos is a Ball Perfect Mason amber half gallon jar. The
jar was made in 1957 at Ball’s Hillsboro plant for one purpose – to be
put inside a thermos bottle, specifically the Standard Jug. These amber
jars were never sold as canning jars to the home canner.

The big question has always been “Why were they made in amber?” Amber
protects the contents from sunlight; however, a jar inside a thermos is
completely shielded from sunlight. The only explanation is that the
amber tank at Hillsboro was available at a time when none of the flint
tanks were. Since these amber jars were made especially for use in the
thermos and are rare, they are highly sought by collectors.

Stay tuned to learn more about other uses of a Ball jar…

Do you use Ball jars for unusual purposes? Tell us about it!