Dating mason jars
For centuries, rural farmers and the poor struggled to find ways to preserve food for the winter.Soldiers, too, were often left on the battlefields without proper nourishment due to the lack of food-storage solutions.
Jar at the right shows how the band can be removed when the food has thoroughly cooled and the vacuum will hold the lid tightly in place. To open, insert a knife to break vacuum, and lid lifts off easily.
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Preserving jars from around the world include: Kilner, (England); Weck, (Germany); Fowler's Vacola, (Australia; difference between Fowler & Mason jar); Quattro Stagioni (Italy).
Mason jars are primarily used for home canning but there are endless other uses for them.