Do you know any place to get wholesale canning jars and lids? I would love to find plain lids.
I love the Ball brand jars, but I abhor those goofy lids with the cartoon fruit baskets on the top.
Thanks for your question. I agree with you . . . having a brand name or a cartoon-type image could distract from the perfection of homemade canned foods. I've been hunting for a canning jar source that sold plain lids for a while.
I found Gold Harvest mason jars available, in your choice of plain, bronze or tin lids, at Rural Root. I suggest you also ask at your local kitchen store or hardware store.
If you're here in New York City, The Brooklyn Kitchen should be able to help you. They have a canning section and if they don't have plain jars in stock, they should be able to order them for you.
You can also use the retailer locator on Ball's homecanning.com site. I suggest locating a retailer in your area and then calling them to see if they carry the lids you seek.
Finally, if you can't find plain lids, you could cover up the lid with labels you make on your printer at home. Stick the label right over the offending art.
I wonder if any of our readers might have a template to print these labels?
Happy canning and preserving, Margaret. When you get everything into the jars, let us know and we can do a follow up post about your canning project.