The Many Uses of the Ball Jar Thermos Jug

The Many Uses of the Ball Jar Thermos Jug

Posted by: Karen Vincent on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

There are so many ways to use a Ball jar as a vase, a place to put your loose change at the end of the day, a candle holder and many more. Sometimes, however, an alternative use was determined by the company and was very specific.

Inside the pictured thermos is a Ball Perfect Mason amber half gallon jar. The jar was made in 1957 at Ball's Hillsboro plant for one purpose to be put inside a thermos bottle, specifically the Standard Jug. These amber jars were never sold as canning jars to the home canner.

The big question has always been "Why were they made in amber?" Amber protects the contents from sunlight; however, a jar inside a thermos is completely shielded from sunlight. The only explanation is that the amber tank at Hillsboro was available at a time when none of the flint tanks were. Since these amber jars were made especially for use in the thermos and are rare, they are highly sought by collectors.

Stay tuned to learn more about other uses of a Ball jar...

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