Would you/do you stack jars ???

nosnowtnJune 11, 2009

I always thought this was a no-no, until I saw Alton

Brown stacking sealed jars of jelly in his cabinet on an episode of "Good Eats". Even though I believe he had rings on

his jars, the entire concept just boggled my mind.

Anyhow, the reason I'm asking is because my DH built me a beautiful step-back cupboard for my canned goods. Since it is 7 foot wide and just as tall, he made most of the shelves tall enough to fit quarts, with the exception of the first shelf on the upper tier which is 20". This is the shelf I most favor for jams/jellies/butters.

So, any feedback ??? I always remove rings and wash jars prior to storage, but would worry about seal failure were I to stack them. My cupboard fills up rapidly this time of year, but there are other options. What do you do?



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dgkritch(Z8 OR)

Yes, I stack, but I put a layer of carboard between them or put the top ones in a box to distribute the weight.
Even quarts are stacked occasionally, but not the norm.

I also box and store under beds, in cupboards, etc.
Wherever I can find room along about September!!!


    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 5:49PM
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ruthieg__tx(z8 TX)

I also do a layer of cardboard at my husbands insistence and it works nicely. He explained the distribution of weight thing to me...

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 6:23PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Same here - stack with layer of cardboard between - in cabinets.


    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 7:00PM
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I must hold my mouth right, because when my jars are sealed, they are so bent-in and the lids so tight with vacuum, I nearly need a jack hammer to lift them. Yes, I stack them, but usually a smaller jar, like a jelly jar on a quart jar. My DH built me a pantry for my canned goods too. He made most of the shelves just tall enough to accommodate a quart jar. But I also have canned goods in two other places, one of them an inglenook in my dining room where I keep mostly jellies and jams.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 7:27PM
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ruthieg__tx(z8 TX)
    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 8:32PM
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Thanks everyone! Heavy cardboard or Luan were the other options I was considering. Right now there is still a good bit of room in there, but a few months and a few hundred jars from now.....
The next project is a jelly cupboard/pie safe to store all the empties.


    Bookmark   June 12, 2009 at 7:30AM
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robin_d(8b Tacoma WA)

I see some pretty tasty-looking stuff on those shelves, Ruthie!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2009 at 10:39AM
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karen_b(6a s.c. PA)

Thanks for asking the question, I would have never known you could stack. Wait till my DH hears this, I can can more because now I'll have more room.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2009 at 11:14AM
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I've noticed these photos are only 2 jars high. Can you stack higher? I have some pints stacked with three jars, pints with four jars.

June Lynn

    Bookmark   August 16, 2009 at 7:45PM
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ksrogers(EasternMass Z6)

Careful, you have a lot of glass there and any unnecessary movement can cause a major issue with many jars falling and smashing. The shelves should be sturdy and never sag. In stores, most of the tall stacking can be done by adding a stiff sheet of cardboard or thin wood between each jar top and the base of the one above it.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2009 at 1:10AM
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busylizzy(z5 PA)

I stack jelly and pints, rings off. Woodmode didn't build the pull out pantry shelves to fit larger than jelly canning jars, grrrrrrr. Have to put pints/quarts in the back
Plus I have to put in the washing room cabinets.
I don't stack higher than 2, but never bothered with cardboard.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2009 at 7:51AM
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ksrogers(EasternMass Z6)

The cardboard between layers would reduce the issue of an avalanche, as if a top jar tips over, it won't bring the lower level down with it.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2009 at 2:18PM
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