Home canning has been a big part of my life. My Mom canned as did most of the ladies I knew growing up. I have been home canning myself for over 35 years. All of our family and friends know that I'm an avid home canner so boxes of canning jars tend to show up on my door step. We arrived home from a weekend in the Niagara area to find one of our friends had dropped off four boxes of canning jars!
As I went through the box, my excitement grew. The jars were mainly Crown and Gem, a few Corona and Jewel , all Canadian made. There were a couple of Ball jars (American made). There were zinc and metal bands, glass lids and glass inserts. The Gem jars made these boxes of jars a particularly amazing find! I will explain more about these jars in tomorrow's post.
Bernardin is still in operation in Canada and are well known for their home canning and preserving publications.
A vast number of my canning jars in regular use were made in Canada although that has been slowly changing as I acquire newer Bernardin jars manufactured in the USA. At one time there were several smaller glass factories scattered throughout Canada, some of which manufactured mason jars for home canning. The Gem jars in this lot of jars are unique to Canada, made in Canada and still widely used in Canada. Stay tuned...