If you have a Food Saver, I hope you have the jar lid attachment. There’s one for the wide mouth lid and a separate one for the regular mouth lid. If you like to buy in bulk, or buy when things are on sale, these Food Saver attachments are so useful.
In 2008, when I first ordered quite a few half gallon jars, I also vacuum sealed a bunch of shredded wheat. Here’s a blog post about it. Because I was going to do this blog post, I opened one of the jars this morning, had some shredded wheat for breakfast, and resealed the jar. I’m going to see how long they stay fresh. The shredded wheat is now going on 5 years old and still tastes fresh as when I bought it.
I store so much in these jars — rice, cereal, cake mixes . . most anything dry that I buy on sale gets vacuum sealed in these big jars. There are only a couple of things that can safely be canned in jars this size — apple juice or grape juice. I’m simply recommending them for storing dry ingredients.
When I bought the ones I have, the only place I could find them was Ace Hardware and Do It Best online. They would send them to the local stores and I didn’t have to pay shipping. That’s when we lived in MO and the Ace Hardware store has since closed and the Do It Best store has been sold and is no longer Do It Best.
But . . while walking through Wal-Mart the other night, I saw the half gallon jars there on the shelf. Wal-Mart also has them online but they were less in our store.
If you’re in the market for half gallon jars, you might want to check the canning aisle at Wal-Mart.