by Lauren at Modern Self-Reliance
When I first started to learn to can I always wondered about why there were two different types of canning jars. There regular mouthed jars like these that have "shoulders" and a smaller diameter opening. There are also wide-mouth jars like these that have no shoulders and a larger opening. Some sites will say regular is better for pour-able contents like tomato sauce but wide-mouth is better for chunky items like potatoes. I disagree. I see two main differences between the types of jars and this is why I prefer wide-mouth canning jars for everything.
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#1 Wide Mouth Jars Stack
Simply essential in a small pantry. The wide-mouth jars stack safely on top of each other. The regular cans have the same size top and bottom so they don't nicely nest on top of one another. To me, this saves space and pushes me away from regular mouth jars.
#2 Wide Mouth Are Easier to Clean
I know it seems obvious, but wide-mouths jars have a wider opening. However this means I can fit my hand inside the pint jar to clean it. I can't fit my hand inside a regular pint. Of course, I have small hands so a demonstration wouldn't convince you. However my boyfriend Tim has large man hands, so here is a strange picture of two pint jars on his hands. Clearly his hand fits in the wide-mouth jar and does not fit in the regular jar. Meaning, he can clean the wide-mouth jar much easier.
There you have it! These are my two reasons for preferring the wide-mouth canning jars over the regular mouth jars. I will continue to use my regular mouth jars as I don't want to waste them but as they break I will replace with only wide-mouth jars. As their lids are equally easy to find, I will can much happier with my wide-mouth jars.
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