Weck Jars

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Weck Jars

Postby minnie » Sat Aug 29, 2009 1:02 pm

Everyone remember when Ali was talking about Weck Jars and some of us pondered the cost because they weren't in Australia?

Well to those who were interested in Weck Jars, Redback Trading have them arriving soon.

Weck Jars are manufactured in Germany for more than one hundred years, these Weck jars are just what you need for your most special preserves.
They come in boxes of six jars complete with glass lids, seals and clamps.
Redback will have a range of shapes and sizes available including a tall jar specifically made for asparagus.

http://www.redbacktrading.com.au/ a photo showing on homepage or to see more about them http://www.weckcanning.com

BTW it needs to be said that I don't have any connection to Redback Trading, but have found them to have great products at a good price and they are easy and helpful to deal with. My first dealing was from buying from them on Ebay.
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Re: Weck Jars

Postby ellengray » Sun Oct 04, 2009 1:25 pm

How do you use them? As in, can you hot water bath them? And why are they so special (i.e., what is their attraction)? They are different, but I was just wondering why you'd want them over, say, one of those lovely ball jars all pressed out with flowers etc. ;)

I have to say that redback is really evolving to fill Australia's preserving needs! I have got all my ball jars from him.

Sorry, I am dragging out old topics as I go through the sub forums. ;)

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Re: Weck Jars

Postby minnie » Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:58 am

Hi Sara,

Ali started us looking at Weck Jars a while back with this thread viewtopic.php?f=6&t=537 about how lid lining is made...

Anyway that's when some of us, me included got interested in the weck but we concluded they would cost too much to buy overseas. Not sure if Ali spoke to Ian at Redback Trading but it's great that he's got some on order. I'll be ordering a few that's for sure.

They can be used exactly the same as the FV or Mason but have a glass lid. I just thought they look lovely and for some special things could be good to have a few. It would be costly to totally change all jars, and I like the mix for different things but to pull out a lovely jar full of something preserved, for the table with guests, would be lovely... I'm not giving them away though. ;)

I got my first order from Redback via Ebay some time back now, and have been really happy with them, and they sure are evolving into a really good preserving resource. I was thinking about you saying things were on the website but not in stock, I have to say I've never had that happen. There's been things listed and saying out of stock but on the way and I wait but I've never had the experience of ordering and waiting while they got something in that I'd paid for.
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Re: Weck Jars

Postby ellengray » Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:39 am

Ah, those beautiful jars that never ever get returned .....

I've had things being ordered and paid for and not turn up happen twice with Ian. It has been very frustrating, and once he took 2 months to be able to supply the items I had paid for. I like what he offers, but I always now email first to make sure he has it in stock!

I'll have a look at that thread about the weck jars, thanks.

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Re: Weck Jars

Postby ellengray » Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:44 am

Oh lord, I just had a look at Ian's site and he has added so much since I was last there. The pickling salt, the jelly bag stand ...

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Re: Weck Jars

Postby minnie » Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:32 pm

Hi Sara,

That's really frustrating, I think he must have changed things as now, if it's not in stock it's not able to be ordered. I know I wanted a vinegar crock and wanted to order so I 'had it' but couldn't so I emailed and let him know I wanted it and the regulator for the presto (which is great) and he let me know when they were in.

Now I better have a look, maybe there's more that I haven't seen. ;)
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Re: Weck Jars

Postby ellengray » Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:50 pm

I have a presto canner but can't use it as the moment on my heap of uselessness that is my electric hob. When I get my new gas hob though ... I've had it for about 2 years and never used as a pressure canner! I'd love to be able to can meat.

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Re: Weck Jars

Postby minnie » Mon Oct 05, 2009 3:59 pm

I'd like more hours in the day and my kitchen going full steam... meat preserved is on my list and has been for it seems like ages.

It's been good to do all the soups as well, like pumpkin and pea & ham and mushroom as well.

The presto regulator was great, none of that watching to turn heat up and down manually.
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Re: Weck Jars

Postby ellengray » Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:07 am

Once I have the new gas hob I will need to look more carefully at the regulator, I think.

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Re: Weck Jars

Postby minnie » Fri Oct 30, 2009 12:20 pm

Ian from Redback emailed this morning he has some of the Weck Jars in... and more will come.

Thought some of you may want to know.
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Re: Weck Jars

Postby ellengray » Sat Oct 31, 2009 4:55 am

*Jumps up and down and claps hands* LOL I have been waiting for these. I have put in an order for 1 of each of 3 different sizes and some extra rubber rings, plus a few other goodies from Ian I've been waiting for this order to buy. So X fingers he doesn't say to me, sorry, we don't have these!

I run a preserving thread on another forum but I am going to wait a few days for him to confirm my order before I tell them the jars are in. ;) (Naughty Sara)

I am guessing you have your order in Vicki - what did you get?

I bought a big bread crock which arrived yesterday to make my Officer's Jam (all seasonal fruits soaked in rum and sugar for 6 months). I figure if Wellington could win Waterloo with his officers' bellies filled with their 'special' jam it is good enough for me. ;) Now all I need are the seasonal fruits to start rolling in .....

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Re: Weck Jars

Postby minnie » Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:41 am

Hi Sara,

No I didn't order any this time. :( We work for ourselves and as with all small business have times with 'cash flow' or should I say 'no cash flow'. This is just going into our bad time of year and already sweating on unpaid invoices.... not one of the joys of working for oneself to say the least.

So next order I'm getting some, I was looking at the 500ml Tulip, I'm trying to get a bit more consistent with lid/ring sizing and the other that I like was the Deco but it takes a medium ring and the others were big... other than the tall one.

I was sooo looking forward to getting these but... as they say, all things come to those that wait. ;)

So I'm waiting... if a little impatiently. :oops:

Looking forward to how you find them.
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Re: Weck Jars

Postby ellengray » Sat Oct 31, 2009 12:20 pm

Understand re the small business! I run one as well and those no cash flow times are tough. fortunately, I live in expectation of some cash low soon. LOL (overall it has been a bad year.) I ordered 3 sizes that all took the larger ring - I didn't want, like you, to have different sized rings to fuss about with.

Ian has just emailed to confirm the order. Yay!

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Re: Weck Jars

Postby minnie » Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:27 am

It doesn't take long to figure out that not too many lid sizes is soooo much easier. ;)

The good side of working your own business though out weighs the bad, that's for sure. I would hate to have to go back to working for someone else again. :roll:
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Re: Weck Jars

Postby ellengray » Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:36 pm

The weck jars arrived today - they are gorgeous!! Much nicer in the glass, so to speak. The clips are much easier to take on and off than I'd thought, too, and the rubber rings are easy to fit. Can't wait to try them out. :)

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Re: Weck Jars

Postby minnie » Mon Nov 09, 2009 3:14 pm

Hi Sara,

I'm green with envy :mrgreen:

Looking forward to your report on how they go...
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