I’ve been keeping an eye out for canning jars for 2 years now, ever since I started dehydrating. They are nearly full price second hand here, so it’s actually been a better option for me to go buy a case of new ones now and then and at least get a free set of bands and lids with them.

On Tuesday though I saw a craigslist ad offering mason jars for 25 cents each. I fell all over myself trying to follow up as quickly as possible, and by the time I went to meet them for my pickup they’d found 122 jars total for me, several cases of which were saved food jars.

canning jars craigslist find

So now I’m busy washing the reused food jars and putting my dehydrated food in them. This allows me to reclaim all the mason jars I’d been keeping them in so I’ll have lots and lots of mason jars come canning time!  The only unfortunate thing about this is I’d only gotten one case and a couple sets of lids that were regular mouths before switching everything to wide mouth, so I’ll just have to remember to start grabbing sets of lids for these.