Sturdy old mason jars see new heyday

The tempered-glass mason jars once associated with grandmother's preserves have experienced a renaissance as everyone from home canning enthusiasts to restaurants to craft hobbyists have embraced the jar's reusability and vintage aesthetic. The sturdy jars, which date from 1858, can be seen in hip restaurants that use them to serve cocktails and in college classrooms where students learn about sustainability. Sales of home canning jars are up 31%, according to Jarden Home Brands.

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Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (N.Y.) (tiered subscription model)

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