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Old 08-06-2012, 14:10   #1
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Glass jars - please advise...

Does anyone have any strong opinions about having glass jars on board? Home canning with the infamous Ball jars makes a lot of $ sense, but having glass shards lying around after a GForce 9 blow through doesn't sound too appealing.

Please advise...
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Old 08-06-2012, 14:36   #2
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..........but having glass shards lying around after a GForce 9 blow through doesn't sound too appealing......
It's not just a G-9, people drop things all of the time.
We dont keep any glass on board that we don't have to.
Wine bottles......well, we have to.
The Admiral bought some rum recently that came in Plastic bottles.
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Old 08-06-2012, 14:37   #3
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Re: Glass jars - please advise...

Wrapping each jar in a few layers of newspaper is effective for shock protection and not too cumbersome. It would also catch the shards, in case of a jar breaking. Of course, you want to keep that paper dry...

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We have had Ball jars on board for a few years without incident. We bought a bag of cheap gym socks to put each jar in a sock.
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Re: Glass jars - please advise...

Many things I prefer storing in glass instead of plastic. Plus if you plan on canning you can't do that in plastic anyway.

Have broken one glass jar (empty) not long ago that exploded on impact and sent glass everywhere. Cleanup was a bit tedious but haven't found any remaining shards lurking around to puncture my toes.

If you will be offshore definitely make sure they are stored in a locker or secured spot manner that wouldn't turn them into head smashers in case of a knockdown or worse, but you know, the same would apply to cans, plastic containers or any other heavy items. I used to wrap glass in spare towels but socks is a good idea.
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Re: Glass jars - please advise...

If you come up with a system to protect your canned goods, dividers/cushioning. Those Ball jars are pretty sturdy. Off shore or during a crossing I would leave them proteccted. Bring them out only at anchor. As noted, many have wine bottles etc. Glass all over with the boat heeled would not be fun. We always carried a small shop vacuum for things like this etc.
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Old 08-06-2012, 15:14   #7
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GO to your local liquor store. Most bottles are shipped in plastic mesh tubes/bags which they will throw out and if you ask nicely, a lot of times they will give them to you. Pack them tightly and secure well and chances are you will be ok. Most of theimported stuff has traveled by boat in these tubes to get to the store anyway.
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We have had Ball jars on board for a few years without incident. We bought a bag of cheap gym socks to put each jar in a sock.

We have all sorts of glass container aboard using the sock method.........only I wore ours out before they got jar duty
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Re: Glass jars - please advise...

We store a lot of jars on board, as well as wine glasses - I use bubble wrap for the wine glasses and to provide padding between jars. All jars are stored in tubs inside lockers, so if there is a breakage the cleanup wont be so bad. We haven't broken a jar yet and the only time we seem to break glasses is when we do the washing up!
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Old 08-06-2012, 19:10   #10
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Start saving your empty peanut jars now. They will become invaluable. No glass to clean up when you drop them or as they fall out of the locker in high seas.
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We have had Ball jars on board for a few years without incident. We bought a bag of cheap gym socks to put each jar in a sock.
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I have read that this is the way to do it though I have not tried it myself yet.
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Re: Glass jars - please advise...

Have never broken anything glass onboard. Did drop a Corelle plate once on our previous boat and it exploded into a million tiny shards. But glass jars of veggies, mayo, jellies, etc. have never been a problem -- and we have been through a Cat 1 hurricane at sea. All our lockers are lined with a fuzzy polyester fabric that helps prevent things sliding so much. I imagine that rolling glass jars inside a non-lined wooden locker would break unless protected somehow. Glass bottles of wine are wrapped in rubbery mesh and placed on their sides down in the floor lockers. All other glass containers are stored in the lined cabinet lockers. No worries.

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An alternative is to cut some strips of bubble wrap about 4" wide and weave them around the jars in your locker. It does the same job as the socks and if you have any talent at dumpster diving it will come free.
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Re: Glass jars - please advise...

The corallary to this is that the spare lids you carry for canning should be well protected from rust. I can re-use rings several times but the rubber-rimmed inner lids must be new each time.
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Old 13-06-2012, 12:57   #15
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greatest invention since canning was created:

TATTLER Reusable Canning Lids
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