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Food preservation before the nineteenth century was a constant problem. Early methods of preserving food included drying, burial in sand, pickling or dry packing. Most of the food that was stored became foul or unpalatable before the end of the winter.
Nicolas Appert of France was the first to experiment with canning food in glass. Louis Pasteur's experiments led to the discovery that heat could be used to kill microbes.
The idea of putting food into glass and heating it after the jar was sealed revolutionized the eating habits of Europe and America. Families could now safely preserve more varieties of fruit and vegetables and enjoy them year round.
Glass fruit jars were made by Dr. Dyott around 1830 and used cork closures. Airtight closures were necessary to keep food from spoiling.
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The next development in fruit jar enclosures came in 1858 when John Landis Mason, a tinsmith, patented a low cost screw-top jar. John Mason's lids were made of zinc which was not a desirable material to be in contact with food. A glass lid was that was placed inside was designed.
The name "Mason" became the generic term for glass jars used in home canning. Having the Mason jar filled with attractive food, lined up on shelves, livening up dull winter menus, led to the popularity of the Mason jar.
Even with modern conveniences, home canning is still popular and fruit jars handed down through generations are still in use
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The collecting of Mason jars, which is relatively recent, appeals to all who want a décor that can hold interesting objects like marbles, yarn balls, candy, toys ect. to display along a shelf or to add a touch of country charm and nostalgia.
Highly collectible fruit jars are those with interesting names on the front such as "Gem," "The Kalamazoo," "The Queen," "The King," "Lustre," "Presto," "Lighting," "Globe," "Fruitkeeper," and of course "Mason" and "Ball."
Glass fruit jars were made in varying colors like; aqua, clear, black, milk glass, amber, emerald green and cobalt blue. The most common are the jars with the green-blue color. The small pint sized mason jar that has a light teal green color with older styled script has more value and is sought out by collectors.
Colored jars can command high prices and will continue to increase in value as collecting becomes more popular.
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