Canning jars aren’t just for canning anymore.
The company that makes Ball canning jars saw jar sales increase 31 percent in 2102, a phenomenon it attributes to uses such as home decor and crafting.
So creative types might be interested in a vintage-inspired jar introduced recently by the manufacturer of Ball jars, Jarden Home Brands.
The Ball Heritage Collection Jar commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Perfect Mason Jar, which offered a jar, lid and band in a single unit for a perfect fit. The commemorative pint jar is made of blue glass and is embossed with a vintage Ball logo and anniversary dates.
It’s available from www.FreshPreservingStore.com or retailers that sell canning supplies. The suggested retail price is $9.99 for a package of six jars.
ON THE SHELF
Sometimes, impatience is a virtue.
Certain vegetables are at their tastiest when they’re very young. Those are the plants Mark Diacono and Lia Leendertz focus on in The Speedy Vegetable Garden (Timber Press, $18.95 in paperback).
The book covers plants requiring a range of effort, from seeds that need only be soaked before they’re enjoyed to veggies with a fairly fast turnaround from planting to harvest. Also included are sprouts, micro greens, edible flowers and salad greens.
Diacono and Leendertz, who are journalists as well as gardeners, include instructions for growing and harvesting the vegetables and recipes for enjoying what you’ve grown.