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Mason Jars and Tobacco!

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  1. bogie

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    I just ordered 8oz of Firedance flake in the bulk. I am going tomorrow to get a case of mason jars for the bulk tobacco I plan on purchasing.

    My question is this...is there anything I need to do to the jars before placing the baccy in there for storage? Boil them or a good rinse with soap and water?

    Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

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    I would put them in the dishwasher and make sure they are completely dry before putting tobacco in them. You can hand wash, but I think the dishwasher does a better job personally.

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    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Well I just found the other threads! Sorry about this post folks if its in the way please go ahead and delete this! Should known the info was already out there lol.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    .is there anything I need to do to the jars before placing the baccy in there for storage?

    I've been packing 8 oz. Ball screw-top canning jars with tobacco for decades. The new jars are clean and ready to fill as-is. Fill 'em up with tobacco, leave a half inch or so of air at the top of the jar, screw the lid on tightly and you're good to go.

    I use the dishwasher (sanitation/hottest cycle) to wash and dry the empty jars I previously used for tobacco and I use new lids (lids are cheap and available where you buy the jars).

    I keep the case the jars came in to repack the tobacco filled jars and stack the full cases in my "cellar" -- on shelves in a walk-in closet that's dark, cool and dry.

    I use a "Sharpie" pen to "label" the lid with the contents and the date, and a permanent black marker on the case to let me know what's in that case at a glance.

    Good luck and please let us know how you make out.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    I store my tobacco in mason jars as well. I guess it's the poor boy's tobacco humidor. I thinks it's about the cheapest way to store your tobacco, especially if you keep multiple blends on hand. Love Em!

    Posted 5 years ago #
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    I store all my tobacco in mason jars after sending them through the dishwasher except for 5 jars on my fireplace that has my most smoked tobacco its in pop top air tight jars. They just look better out in the living room. But the other tobacco in the cold storage room is all mason.

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    They just look better out in the living room.

    LOL, Ball/Mason jars do look ugly on display. Some folks use pretty labels, but to me, on display, it's still like putting lipstick on a pig.

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    Roth, I totally endorse putting lipstick on pigs. After all, they are such ugly creatures.

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    And yes, I also put labels on the side of my jars.

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    I'm with Roth, I just use the new jars as-is with no washing. I do, however let them air out a bit before packing to remove that stale "Jar Factory" air inside them!
    It's also a good idea to check the lids a week or two after you pack the baccy, as many times I find that my tightly screwed lids are not tight after that time. After the second tightening, they're usually fine.

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    It's also a good idea to check the lids a week or two after you pack the baccy, as many times I find that my tightly screwed lids are not tight after that time. After the second tightening, they're usually fine.

    Good point, Bullbriar!

    What happens is the tobacco begins aging right away, and the microbes contributing to this process are sucking air from the jar, which is why you'll often hear the lids ping or pop on jars recently filled with tobacco. This sucking pulls the lid more tightly on the jar, but can cause the ring to loosen in the process, so it's good to check 'em for tightness after a week or two.

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    I put all my bulk tobacco's in mason jars as well. I'll also use them when it takes me a long time to finish a tin so the tobacco in the tins doesn't dry out on me. I have never had any issues with tobaccos drying out on me when in the mason jars, but I have not had anything stored for more than 2 years, so I am probably not the best person to respond

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    mason jars of as clean as they will ever be when you buy them. if your tobacco is drying out in mason jars you are doing something wrong.

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    Ball jars need no washing from a factory sealed case.

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    Have all of my tobacco in Mason/ Ball jars keep them in the flat they came with, easy to stack several flats at a time. I don't bother washing them prior to filling with tobacco. Store anywhere. And yes they can ping, just retighten the lid.

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    Ball jars are typically clean from the factory, my grandmother would boil them before use though. But I always just give a quick rinse with hot water, no soap then dry and there ready.

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    One reason I think she boiled them was to create that vacuum seal after filling.

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    Grammy wasn't storing tobacco in those jars, she was using the jars to preserve and store food stuffs.

    Big difference for tobacco.

    Doing all those "granny" things for tobacco storage won't hurt anything, but IMO, it's 'way to anal and completely unnecessary.

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    Crap. Ok, here's a question. How much is too much space at the top of a jar? Sometimes the tobacco just didnt quite fill out the jar.

    Oh and how about storing flake? do you cube it first so it condenses?

    Just curious.

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    How much is too much space at the top of a jar?

    If you're simply storing the tobacco for later and not aging it, how much air space in the jar is unimportant.

    If you're filling a jar with tobacco with the intention of aging the blend for a considerable amount of time, I keep the "air space" to about 1/2 inch from the top.

    how about storing flake? do you cube it first so it condenses?

    I always jar the flakes whole. For certain flakes that won't fit into the jar whole, such as Marlin Flake and other flakes that are too long, I'll cut the flakes into strips to fit the jar -- think whole flake size, like Dunhill Flake.

    I place the lidless jar on its side on a towel, then stack the flakes, one at a time, in the jar until I can't slide another flake in. Some puffers store those flake filled jars sideways, the thought being that the flakes will slide and "bend" stored straight up -- but I don't do that. My flakes jarred this way are fine. When you do open the jar to smoke up the contents, as you take flakes out, the remaining flakes may "bend" some, but so what.

    Posted 5 years ago #
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    Thanks Roth. I have Condensing and Re-jarring to do. >Grumble

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    I am sure Roth is correct about the jars being clean when purchased. I keep getting visions of opening my treasures 2 years from the cellar date and finding the tobacco ruined from mold and whatnot. I think will continue in my paranoid ways and sterilize the jars.

    Posted 5 years ago #

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