My wife purchased several quart size jars with the clear glass lids that are held closed with a galvanized wire bale. We thought these old jars would make attractive gifts. Can these antique jars be safely used to can food?
The bale type canning jars are no longer recommended for canning foods by the USDA. The bale type closures cannot easily be tested for adequate vacuum as the two-piece metal lids can.
Source: Douglas Holt, Ph.D., Chair
of Food Science Program & State Extension Specialist for
Food Safety, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009