Ball is a brand of home canning supplies.
Home canning advice given by Ball is considered to be amongst the most reputable advice in the world from the private sector.
Ball puts out one of the best-known books in the field of home canning, its famous Ball Blue Book.
Where is Ball located?
The factories that produce Ball jars are largely in Indiana (where they have been since 1886.) At least some of its jars are made for it by companies such as the Ardagh Group.
The Ball company headquarters are currently in the Newell (formerly Jarden) Home Brands complex at 9999 East 121st Street, Fishers, Indiana.
The two operations are about 65 km (40 miles) apart, according to Google maps.
Ball Home Canning is different from the Ball Corporation
Ball canning jars and supplies are no longer actually made by the Ball Corporation. The Ball Corporation has licenced the use of the Ball name on canning supplies to a company called Healthmark LLC, located in Muncie, Indiana. Healthmark in turn is owned by Newell (formerly Jarden) corporation of Florida. “Healthmark LLC dba (doing business as) Jarden Home Brands.”  Hearthmark, LLC dba Jarden Home Brands. All Rights Reserved. Distributed by Hearthmark, LLC dba Jarden Home Brands, Daleville, IN 47334. Hearthmark, LLC is a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH) and Ball®, TMs Ball Corporation, used under license. ©2014 . Accessed 2014 at https://www.jarden.com/latest-news-media/press-releases/celebrate-year%E2%80%99s-hottest-food-trend-new-tools-resources-ball%C2%AE-brand.
For more information, see our page on Newell, the home canning giant.
About Ball jars
Ball Jars have had a wheat and fruit round circle on the back of them since the 1970s.  “I’ve always hated the round of wheat and fruit on the back of the Ball jars (in researching this post, I learned that it’s been there since 1970).” — McLachan, Marisa. There’s a New Brand of Mason Jars in Town. Blog post 6 May 2011. Accessed March 2015 at href=”https://foodinjars.com/tag/penley-mason-jars/.
In fact, one of the minor complaints about Ball jars over the years has been how “busy” the jars are on all sides.
Every side of the US quart and US pint jars is imprinted with something — leaving some people exasperated at times that there are few plain, flat surfaces to stick a label onto.
Many ball jars give measurements on the side — in metric.
Or, they are denominated in metric – notice the Ball jar on top below that gives its volume as 500 ml.
Most of the Ball jars though seem to not truly be metric sizes. They are a bit smaller than the sister-range of Bernardin jars. The Ball US quart jar is actually about 3 tablespoons smaller than the equivalent Bernardin litre jars, and the Ball US pint jar is about 1 ½ tablespoons smaller than the equivalent Bernardin ½ litre jar.
That can be an advantage though at times: 10 Ball US pint jars will fit into a Presto 16 or 23 quart canner at once; only 9 Bernardin ½ litre jars will, owing to the slightly larger size of each jar.
The history of Ball jars
Five brothers from Buffalo, New York, established the company that went on to become known as the Ball Corporation and to be most well known (to home canners, anyway) for its home canning products.
The five brothers were: Edmund Burke Ball (1855–1925), Frank Clayton Ball (1857–1943), George Alexander Ball (1862–1955), Lucius Lorenzo Ball (1850–1932), and William Charles Ball (1852–1921).
In 1880, Edmund and Frank started a small business making kerosene containers lined with tin. They soon switched the tin lining to glass, but when their supplier for the glass linings burnt down, they opened their own glass factory in 1882 to make the linings themselves. Since they had the glass factory anyway, they decided to make other glass products. In 1884, they discovered that the Mason jar patent had expired, which meant they could start making them, which they did.
By 1886, they pressed their other brothers into service to help with the growing business, and they moved the glass part of the operation to Muncie, Indiana, lured by the city fathers there offering an attractive package including a cash subsidy, free gas, railroad connections and a good deal on the land.
In the ensuing years, the Ball corporation began expansion and acquisition of smaller companies.
In 1976, Ball got its own first test kitchen: “We’re certainly canning experts — the first official Fresh Preserving Test Kitchen was started in 1976….” Harrold, Judy. Forward. Ball Blue Book, 37th edition, 2014.
In 1993, the Ball Corporation sold off the Ball Home Canning line; the corporation itself now (2016) makes other things such as recyclable metal containers and aerospace products. The Ball logo can often be seen on your favorite can of beer, but is no longer related to the Ball jars bearing the same logo being produced today.
For the history of the Ball Home Canning line since 1993, see the page on Newell.
Ball Heritage / Vintage Jars
Ball has released special heritage / vintage jars in blue, green and purple. The embossing on some of the jars says “1913 to 1915, 100 years”, which naturally people think is a mistake.
Ball, however, explained on their Facebook page:
We understand why it might be confusing but those dates are correct. The jars celebrate the 100th anniversary of the period of incredible innovation that took place at Ball between the years 1913 and 1915.” Ball Facebook page entry. 30 September 2015. Screen capture on file.
The same green and purple jars were also made for Newell’s Bernardin line.
The blue jars were issued in pints only; the green and purple were issued in pints and quarts.
The lids on the heritage jars are the standard, two-piece mason jar lids used on modern Ball jars.
The jars were manufactured by the Ardagh Group for Newell Home Brands at the former Anchor Glass Container Corporation plant located in Winchester, IN.  David Whitten . Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company. Accessed July 2016.
The jar’s new light blue color, was devised through a collaboration with Ardagh’s supplier Ferro Glass Systems, a world leading color technology specialist. They had to reproduce a ‘retro’ version of how the jars would have looked 100 years ago, when glass containers did not have the ‘clear’ appearance of today’s products.”  Ardagh Group Press Release. The Perfect Mason. 3 June 2013.
On Amazon, you can see the variety of these jars, and also the household items now being made from them such as soap dispensers and spoon rests: Ball heritage jars
Ball around the world
In 2015, Ball accelerated its push into overseas English-speaking countries. It was already in Australia, and expanded into South Africa and the United Kingdom. It opened in the UK in June 2015.  Jarden Corporation Press Release. Preserving the British Summertime. Accessed February 2016 at https://www.jarden.com/latest-news-media/press-releases/preserving-british-summertime.
Ball South Africa (Site abandoned as of Dec. 2017. We reported this to Ball several times in 2018 but as of 2019 the orphaned domain was still in a vacuum.)
Update: As of March 2022, we have discovered that Ball has also now given up on its UK and Australian web sites. This is unfortunate, as those websites had metric conversions for many of their recipes, so those resources have been lost. To our knowledge, it only has a US website left.
Canada: Ball’s wares are sold through Bernardin, often rebranded or repackaged with the Bernardin name.
From 2016 to 2017 approximately, Ball had separate Facebook pages for Australia, South Africa and the UK, but by 2018 had abandoned them and redirected users back to their main Ball USA Facebook page.
Contact Ball Canning
Contact Ball for canning questions as well as sales information for the following products: Ball, Kerr, and Golden Harvest (In the US. For Golden Harvest in Canada, contact Bernardin.)
Ball is very responsive on their Facebook account.
Phone: 1-800-240-3340, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. EST to 4:30 p.m. EST (current as of May 2018)
Ball and Bernardin products
To date (2016), the mothership company “Newell” has chosen to continue marketing its home canning supplies through Ball’s sister company in Canada, Bernardin.
Many “Ball” products are sold in Canada branded as Bernardin. For many of the products, the packaging is exactly the same right down to the design and colour branding with the exception of (a) metric equivalents; (b) French / English packaging, and (c) the Ball name replaced with Bernardin name on the packaging. The items are all made in the same Newell-owned factories in the states.
One notable difference between the two lines is that most Bernardin-branded jars have three flat sides to them, making labelling easier.
Shopping for Ball Products
- On the Ball webstore, at freshpreserving.com
- Ball Products on Amazon
- At Fillmore Container online
These small Ball jars can be great for canning single-serve portions of things for friends and family living on their own.
|↑1||Hearthmark, LLC dba Jarden Home Brands. All Rights Reserved. Distributed by Hearthmark, LLC dba Jarden Home Brands, Daleville, IN 47334. Hearthmark, LLC is a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH) and Ball®, TMs Ball Corporation, used under license. ©2014 . Accessed 2014 at https://www.jarden.com/latest-news-media/press-releases/celebrate-year%E2%80%99s-hottest-food-trend-new-tools-resources-ball%C2%AE-brand.|
|↑2||“I’ve always hated the round of wheat and fruit on the back of the Ball jars (in researching this post, I learned that it’s been there since 1970).” — McLachan, Marisa. There’s a New Brand of Mason Jars in Town. Blog post 6 May 2011. Accessed March 2015 at href=”https://foodinjars.com/tag/penley-mason-jars/.|
|↑3||Harrold, Judy. Forward. Ball Blue Book, 37th edition, 2014.|
|↑4||Ball Facebook page entry. 30 September 2015. Screen capture on file.|
|↑5||David Whitten . Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company. Accessed July 2016.|
|↑6||Ardagh Group Press Release. The Perfect Mason. 3 June 2013.|
|↑7||Jarden Corporation Press Release. Preserving the British Summertime. Accessed February 2016 at https://www.jarden.com/latest-news-media/press-releases/preserving-british-summertime.|
Beth M Morse
Last fall I purchased a Ball® Secure-Grip Jar Lifter from a local store to replace the jar lifter my mother purchased in the 60’s; by the time I bought it canning season was almost over so only used it 3 or 4 times. This year I used it twice and the rubber that grips the jars fell apart. As it has been almost a year since the purchased, I cannot take it back to the store. I had to buy a new one to be able to continue canning.
The Ball® Secure-Grip Jar Lifter is not worth the money I paid for it. Even though I have had it so long, there was only two weeks of use out of it before is fell apart. Is there any recourse for me?
I am having an awful experience with the new lids. I am losing at least 30% with losing seal. What am I misssing.
Ccan I buy the older version.
I have canned with Ball jars for many, many years. I now want to start freezing some of my produce. I want to freeze Apple Pie Filling with the recipe from my Ball Blue Book. Can I freeze in any ball jar? If not, how do I identify freezer jars.
Yes you can freeze in Ball Mason jars. See here for headspace guidelines to prevent jars breaking from expansion of frozen food in them: https://www.healthycanning.com/the-role-of-headspace-in-home-canning/#Headspace_for_freezing_in_mason_jars
I aint got no email but I want to get some of yaws jars to save up food for me and my neighbors out here in tha country but we caint find no ball jars in our parts in East Texas so can yaw give us a phone number on yern computer site and I’ll check back in in a few days I had to use a neighbor to get his kid to help me write this to yaw, I aint gonna sell what I can I’m gonna give it to my neighbors cause I know food is a gittin scarce thank ya if yaw can help me out I have to put a email so my letter will git through but it ain’t a real one cause I aint got one
I am looking for the Ball electric canning pot. No one has it except ebay for $350.00 and up. Do you know where I can get one ???
please help me find a source for the 24 ounce pint and a half jars
I love them for my green beans and they are coming in fast and heavy. i love these jars and would love to know where i can order them, please and thank you!
What happened to the “Ball” container of Fiesta Salsa mix 6.7 oz size I love using it to make salsa?
Kathy Van Buren
I am not sure who I can get to listen to my complaint about the way the jars have been packaged for the past several years. I have been canning for over 40 years; using both water bath and pressure cooker methods. The jars used to be packages in a box with a lid, with the jar rings and lids wrapped separately. Now the jar lids and rings area actually placed on each jar, with the jars plastic wrapped into cardboard trays. Since there is not lid on the tray of jars, when they are stacked for shipping and store display the weight of the jars causes the lids to seal onto the jars. When the jars are unwrapped for use and the lids are removed you feel & hear a lease of suction from the lid being pressed onto the jar’s rim. On inspection of the lids you can clearly see that the rubber seal has been compromised and risks a proper seal. Canning instructions warns the home-canner not to reuse lids at the risk of jars not sealing properly or losing their seal prematurely. Basically, is not possible if we use the lids that come with the jars? I have emailed the company a number of times over the years, since the packaging change, with no reasonable response to why a simple packaging change could not be made. I don’t understand why they factory could not flip the lids upside down for packaging, so that the rubber seals will not be pressed against the jar’s rim & quality compromised? I am forced to buy extra lids to replace the original lids, so that I don’t risk all my hard work and the expense of my food product. I throw away unused lids that have had the rubber seal damaged. It just seems so wasteful to me and such an easy fix. thank you!
I agree with these complaints of KATHY VAN BUREN. I also have issues with lids attached to jars being compromised. It does cause sealing issues. I don’t need rings and jars. I just need lids. I also have not been able at all this year to find lids for any jars. I have also had some lids buckle under pressure canning. This should not be happening. Is it not possible to get a quality product anymore. This is getting ridiculous. People need to be able to can their food. Please get reliable lids to western North Carolina.
Did you ever get a response to this?
Hi I was wondering how many times can you can in a jar. I was told ten years is the life of a jar, other say no
As long as a Mason jar has no cracks, or nicks in the rim, and the proper size lids and rings for it are still available, the jar is good to go.
I bought 2 cases of 1/2 pint Ball jars from TSC. Both cases were sealed in original manufacturing plastic. 3 hard out of one case had broken glass in them. One was a very large piece. The jars themselves were not broken, so they had the lids and seals put on like that. Kind of a safety issue.
Hi Monica, contact Ball directly. Contact info above.
I have found a shard around 2 inches long inside the amber canning glass that my husband bought in rural king. Who should I write to so the proper person or quality control could know what’s happening. I got a picture of the shard glass inside the jar.
Connie, you need to contact Ball directly. Info above.
I’m really angry at Ball right now. I have been canning for over 30 years so I do know what I’m doing. I bought some of you pint and a half jars and seven of them broke in the canner. the bottom broke right out of them wasting time money and effort. Did you recall any of these? I also use jars that I have use for years and they DID NOT BREAK.
Hi Deb, you will want to contact Ball directly. Contact info is above.
Do I need need to take the rings off of the lids?
Do you mean, after the jars are processed? See here: https://www.healthycanning.com/store-your-home-canned-food-without-the-canning-rings/
I would like to know if I can safely preserve homemade meatballs with my spaghetti sauce. I have canned the spaghetti sauce by itself but never with the meat. I have always used the water bath canning method. Thank you.
(1) There are tested recipes for both separately, but not together. So you would can separately and combine upon use. As appealing as the idea of “meal all in one jar” can seem on paper, over time, you actually kinda come to appreciate the flexibility of having both things separate. Gives you just a little more choice in life. I keep a whole shelf of jars of meatballs of various kinds. Sometimes I serve them in a tomato sauce, other times in a creamy mushroom sauce, other times I put toothpicks in them and serve them up as a snack in another kind of sauce. Love the flexibility.
(2) While you may can some spaghetti sauces in a waterbath, anything with meat in it always, always, always requires pressure canning.
I recently read an article in a locl newspapaer about canning. In describing home canning the artic
le said that by “pushing the button in the center of a lid down ” on a jar of canned food one can determine if the jar has sealed.
Is this corect?
I’ve been canning for many years and always thought that when the lid automatically “popped” and depressed that meant that the jar had sealed. Have I been worng all these years
Hi Billie, I haven’t seen the article in question, but it sounds like one-piece lids, which aren’t approved for home canning. They have buttons in their centres. See here: https://www.healthycanning.com/one-piece-lids-for-home-canning/