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Old 11/16/10, 08:15 PM
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can you can stock in 1/2 gal jars?

i know food is a no-no but what about turkey stock? I wouldnt think there would be density issues but I bow down to the greatness.
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Old 11/16/10, 10:21 PM
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Sorry but the only thing that is approved for canning in 1/2 gallon jars is high acid juices. There are no tested or recommended processing times for anything else.

Of course it is your option but the processing time required would just be a guess.


What can I process in half-gallon canning jars?

At least one canning jar manufacturer is selling half-gallon canning jars. That manufacturer has a printed note on the top that says half-gallon jars are only used for some highly acidic foods in a boiling water canner, with instructions to call a toll-free number for the instructions. When we last called, the only choices are grape juice and apple juice, as we also recommend.

The only processes that USDA, the National Center for Home Food Preservation and the University of Georgia have to recommend for half-gallon jars are for very acidic fruit juices (and juice only): Apple Juice ( and Grape Juice ( This process time is not to be used for tomato juice, for example.

There are no other research-tested processes for half-gallon jars. Boiling water processes for other foods for jars larger than those published with recipes (usually pints and/or quarts) cannot be extended by any formula to a larger jar.

We are aware that there are historical recommendations for canning foods in half-gallon jars. However, these are not currently accepted or endorsed by the USDA, Cooperative Extension System or U.S. manufacturers of home canning jars.
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Old 11/16/10, 10:50 PM
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Those 1/2 gal jars are nice to store sauerkraut in (in the fridge). It keeps for a long time without processing. DH has noticed that I'm using "his" garage "beer fridge" more and more!
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Old 11/17/10, 11:03 AM
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Good for pickles in the fridge also. And making cider vinegar. I've even started wine in them when I didn't have a gallon jar or carboy free.
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Old 11/17/10, 12:08 PM
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I've been collecting old half gallons just because I think they're pretty. I like using them for storing dehydrated stuff, herbs, buttons, extra clothespins, etc. My old 941 AA could hold half gallon jars, but my new Presto can't. I doubt there are many canners out there that are tall enough to give you the inch or two of boiling water on top of them.
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Old 11/17/10, 04:44 PM
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I use them for dry good storage only. I wouldn't trust them to anything that needed caned. We don't drink juice so I never considered using them for that. Even though it's ok for grape and apple I don't think I would.

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Old 11/17/10, 07:36 PM
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well this may sound wierd but i bought a few for a 1$ each and i canned WATER i read alot of the plastic leaching into water bottles in my long term storage so i have save to drink water ready for emergeny situations
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