How to Ship Ball Jars

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Shipping glass requires care and precaution so the package arrives undamaged. Ball canning jars do have the advantage of being sturdy, which will help minimize breakage during shipping. Take the time to find a sturdy box and use plenty of insulating packing materials to ensure your package arrives in one piece.

Things You'll Need

  • Sturdy cardboard box
  • Newspaper, newsprint or bubble wrap
  • Packaging tape
  • Permanent marker
  • Purchase or find a heavy-duty cardboard box, preferably with reinforced corners and sides. The box should be deep enough to pack insulating material on the bottom and on top of the jars. If you are re-using a box, remove or cover any labels from previous shipments.

  • Line the bottom of the box with a thick layer of balled or crumpled newsprint. The idea is to prevent the Ball jars from resting directly onto the cardboard box. A 2-inch layer of newspaper should be adequate.

  • Tape the lids of the Ball jars shut with packing tape. If you are shipping liquid inside the jar, place the jar in Ziploc bag and seal it to prevent spilling in case the jar breaks or leaks. If the jar is being shipped empty, stuff newspaper inside the jar to provide added stability and protection.

  • Wrap the jars individually with at least one layer of newspaper or bubble wrap and place in the box. Don't pack the jars too tightly; you don't want the jars rubbing against each other during shipping.

  • Fill in the gaps between jars with newsprint or bubble wrap. Fill the box to the top with packing material. Try to have at least 2 inches of packingl on top of the jars.

  • Close the box, pick it up and give it a slight shake. The box should feel solid and not have any jars shifting inside.

  • Seal the box with packaging tape. Do not use masking or Scotch tape, since these can easily fail during shipping.

  • Mark the box "Fragile" on all sides with a black or red permanent marker.

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