How to Use Fido Canning Jars

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Fido canning jars are made in Italy. They are lidded and have a metal clamp that holds down the jar's glass lid. Originally designed for canning, and still used widely in Europe for that purpose, they have a removable rubber gasket that forms an airtight seal when the lid is clamped down. Made of Italian glass, Fido jars are easy to see through and do not absorb odors from their contents. They are an attractive way to showcase many food items. They're also made in a variety of sizes for an assortment of foods.

  • Open the Fido canning jar by pulling upward on the handle of the metal clamp. This will pop the lid up from the rubber gasket. Pull the wire handle and the lid to the side to open the mouth of the jar.

  • Wash the jar in hot soapy water before you use it to store food. Dry it carefully.

  • Check the gasket on your Fido canning jar. If it is brittle or discolored, and you intend to use the jar to display food, replace the gasket with a new one.

  • Place beans, rice, pasta, flour or any other attractive food item in the Fido canning jar, and close the lid tightly by pulling down on the metal clamp. Display the jar in your kitchen.

  • Use your Fido canning jar to store baked goods, such as cookies. The attractive jar is designed to be airtight, so it will keep its contents fresh.

  • Use a small Fido canning jar on your coffee table to hold candy. Leave the lid unclamped to invite people to eat the treats inside.

  • Fill your Fido canning jar with jelly or jam when you want to dress up your table for a special meal.

  • Make soup for a sick neighbor and bring it to her in a pretty Fido canning jar.

  • Fill your Fido canning jar with buttons in your sewing room.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not use your Fido jars for canning. The United States Department of Agriculture does not endorse the use of Fido jars or any other jars that have glass lids and metal clamps for canning. This is because the rubber gaskets sometimes fail to seal properly, which results in food spoilage and food borne illness. Botulism is deadly.

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