The History of Weck Canning Jars from Kaufman Mercantile

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Weck jars are a popular canning in jar in Europe that are really catching on here in the States and Canada. They are unique in that they consist of a tempered glass jar, a rubber gasket, a separate glass lid and metal clamps to hold the gasket and lid in place. Where did these jars come from and how long have they been in production?

Our friends at Kaufmann Mercantile just published an interesting history of Weck canning jars on their blog. Turns out that although the name Weck is on the jar, the real Mr. Weck didn’t invent the jars (he purchased the patent from its deceased inventor) nor was he around to grow the company into what it is today. In fact, Johann Carl Weck was only with the Weck company a few short years before he left to live in the French Alps at the turn of the 20th century.

Weck jars have been a popular canning jar in much of Europe but are somewhat new to American canners. They are gaining popularity, though, due to their good looks and the fact that they are BPA-free (the gasket is made of rubber.) Weck jars are not approved by the USDA for canning but from what I can gather, this is not because they are inherently faulty but due to the fact that the USDA has not tested them yet.

Weck, a History from Kauffman Mercantile.
The anatomy of a Weck jar and how they work from Food in Jars.
• For an interesting discussion on whether Weck jars are safe, view this thread.

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