Choosing the Right Jars

Ball® Glass Mason Jars are ideal for fresh preserving recipes such as salsas, syrups, sauces, fruits and vegetables. Our famous glass jars and closures go beyond fresh preserving to help you with serving, crafting and gift-giving.

But how do you know which jar is right for each recipe? You can use our Jar Selector Guide to find the jar that fits your needs.

Jar Size

Choose from over six jar sizes designed to meet the needs of all home preservers. Some have shoulders ideal for shelf storage, while straight-sided jars work best for freezing. Many recipes will recommend a jar size ideal for preserving, but when in doubt, check out the selection chart below.

Mouth Size

Our Regular Mouth and Wide Mouth Jars are designed to meet the needs of many recipes and foods.

  • Regular Mouth works best with pourable foods such as jams, jellies, salsas, sauces, pie fillings and vegetables.
  • Wide Mouth works best with whole fruits and vegetables, allowing for easy filling.

Regular Mouth

Jelly Jars (4 oz) Jams, jellies, mustards, ketchups, dipping sauces, flavored vinegars and small portion sizes Is Freezer Safe
Jelly Jars (8 oz) Jams, jellies, conserves and preserves Is Freezer Safe
Jelly Jars (12 oz) Jams, jellies and marmalades Is Freezer Safe
Half Pint (8 oz) Fruit syrups, chutneys and pizza sauce Is Freezer Safe
Pint (16 oz) Salsas, sauces, relishes and pie fillings  
Quart (32 oz) Sliced fruits and vegetables, pickles, tomato-based juices and sauces  

Wide Mouth

Pint (16 oz ) Salsas, sauces, relishes and fruit butters Is Freezer Safe
Quart (32 oz) Pickles, tomatoes and whole or halved fruits and vegetables  
Half Gallon (64 oz) Apple and grape juices  

NOTE: When filling freezer safe jars, leave 1/2 inch headspace to allow for food expansion during freezing.

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