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08 June 2009 @ 02:45 pm
Mason jars  
Where does one get mason jars?

I went by Albertson's last week and they had little pint sized mason jars (definitely figuratively speaking, not even pint sized literally) but nothing larger. I went by Target last night and they had the same tiny mason jars. They did have a larger "cracker jar" which could do in a pinch, but it cost $5 and the mouth was extra wide, which would make the process of filtering out the grounds a little tough.

If i wanted to do the moderately convenient route i'd like to get two mason jars, a sieve, and a funnel. However if the jars cost $5 each, and the sieve and funnel cost $5 each (i couldn't find either of those at Target, but i didn't see much kitchen stuff for under $3, and most of it was closer to $5) then it would be about $20, which is already more than half what it would cost to get an actual Toddy system.

If i could find just the jars for cheap then i could keep on using the cheesecloth (at least until it runs out) and try to pour very carefully.

Or i could just stick with making 1.25 cups of concentrate at a time (about enough for two drinks) on a semi-daily basis, and deal with the continual mess. Or i could just give up on the whole idea and stick with hot filter brewing :)
 
 
 
Squidceph on June 8th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
Spaghetti sauce jars might suit your needs (IIRC the Classico jars are quite good quality--they might even be actual Mason jars.) Just eat pasta for dinner for a week and you're set. :)
Coraacoraa on June 8th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
Ooh, that's also a good idea.
cwendy41cwendy41 on June 8th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
We got some spaghetti sauce jars at one point and one of them says "MASON" on it. I think it might be a Paul Newman brand of sauce.

I did a quick Froogle search and it seems to say that Ace Hardware and Walmart might have them.
DonAithnendonaithnen on June 9th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
Huh, i checked google and saw that Walmart had them, but i didn't think to check Froogle. And i never would have expected a hardware store to show up in the results :)
cwendy41cwendy41 on June 11th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
I stand corrected about the jar that is labeled "MASON". It is a Harry and David's sauce. As far as I can remember, they have a store in Pasadena and they have a store in South Coast Plaza.
DonAithnendonaithnen on June 9th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
Oohhh! If i can't find cheaper jars by themselves at the hardware store that's a great option!

I think i even have some pasta lying around already that i could use the sauce on :)
Coraacoraa on June 8th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
I got my first few from a hardware store. (The rest I got from triath. I can bring you some when I'm down for AX, if you like, though that won't solve the problem now.)
DonAithnendonaithnen on June 9th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
Heh, i never thought of looking for what seems to me to be kitchen stuff in a hardware store :)

And i appreciate the offer, but i was kinda hoping to have the issue solved in less than a month :)
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on June 8th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Any leftover jar with a useable lid will suit your purposes, as long as it'll hold 2 cups. Jelly, spaghetti sauce, whatever.
DonAithnendonaithnen on June 9th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
Yeah, i've been using an old salad dressing jar (which holds about 2 cups, that's definitely not large enough.)

I just figured that buying empty jars would _have_ to be cheaper then buying jars with stuff already in them.

Of course it ended up being about the same to get slightly smaller glass bottles filled with Sobe as to buy the slightly larger empty plastic containers at Albertsons. Glass vs plastic, and the bottles even have cute little designs on them, not to mention the "free" Sobe :)
pamela.mosiejczuk.netpamela.mosiejczuk.net on June 8th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
Farm/tractor supply stores (or even some feed stores) are generally good sources for quart and jars. Thrift stores and antique malls often have lidless jars, too old for safe canning but still useful.

For the record, I cold-brew in an ice bin and pour through a mesh strainer into a dedicated juice pitcher for the fridge. Using a coarse grind helps.
DonAithnendonaithnen on June 9th, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
The recipe i saw said a "medium grind" was good. I have no idea what my current grind is, i'll have to ask the next time i get more coffee.

What's an ice bin?
pamela.mosiejczuk.netpamela.mosiejczuk.net on June 9th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
Squarish steel or plastic basin, often with a tight-fitting lid, for keeping ice. Like the hotel ice buckets, only not flimsy.

Oooh, you know what would work if you haven't picked something yet? An iced tea dispenser from your local dollar store. Then you have a spigot, it won't discolor like other plastics would, you can use it for other stuff, not breakable and ... $1. :)
Kimchalgaryn on June 8th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
We actually have three mason jars (they seem to be ~pint sized) that have been sitting in our cabinet for years on the off chance that we found a use for them. You are welcome to them.
DonAithnendonaithnen on June 9th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
How many cups are in a pint? I'm not sure if that would be quite large enough for what i was thinking... but i can take a look at them when i'm over there i suppose, thanks :)
Kimchalgaryn on June 9th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
1 pint = 2 cups. It looks like these hold a bit less than two cups, so you would only be able to make one batch in a jar. With three jars you could make two batches at a time and sieve into the third empty jar.
Ambermaggiedacatt on June 8th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
Smart & Final.
Cj: haporfinn on June 8th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
If you want a mason jar or two, you can just stop by here after work. I'm always happy to get rid of stuff!
Cj: Jeremy sketchporfinn on June 8th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
*rummage* *rummage* *rummage* Ah...there's a funnel too.
DonAithnendonaithnen on June 9th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
That works great, except that A: i don't actually know where you live, and B: i'm going straight from work to Wumpskate tonight :)

(And probably straight from work to home to do RPG tomorrow =)
Cj: haporfinn on June 9th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
I'm about three miles from Laserland...but! It seems I am unexpectedly leaving for Irvine. But...for future reference (I should be around tomorrow) 5416 Myrtle Ave. Long Beach CA.