Not as Many Jars in My Kitchen!

Wooden spoon to the rescue!

It’s sad, but true, there are a few less jars in my kitchen these days.  Even worse, they were a couple of my large, half-gallon jars.  It’s such a tragedy, and my other jars are noticing their absence.  Let me share my sad tale with you, in the hope that you can avoid a similar fate for your jars.

I’ve been making a lot of nettle leaf and lemon balm tea lately.  Somehow the first time or two I made it, I didn’t have any issues pouring very hot water into my glass jars with the nettle leaf and lemon balm.  Maybe my water wasn’t completely boiling.  I didn’t notice since nothing traumatic followed.

Then it happened.  As I poured my boiling water in the half-gallon glass jar, I heard a fateful crack.  I stopped pouring the water to see what happened.  Sure enough, I looked at the bottom of my jar and saw a growing crack.  Poor jar!

Well, that made me shy away from making my tea in glass jars.  I didn’t want to lose any more!  I started making it in a large stainless-steel bowl instead.

But then I came across a great tip from Hannah over at Gapalicious about putting a long wooden spoon in your jar to keep the glass from breaking.  What an intriguing idea! I decided to give it a try, and sure enough, it worked.

Now I did mention earlier that I lost two half-gallon jars.  The first was before I knew about this handy tip.  The second, unfortunately, took place after I learned about it.

The second time worked without a problem as usual, at first.  Typically I let my herbs steep for an hour or so.  This also lets the water cool down quite a bit.  Then I’ll strain out  the herbs, pour it into another jar, and continue to let it cool for a bit.  It’s usually still pretty warm, but not too hot.

This time, though, I was about to leave for quite a while and didn’t want them steeping for hours.  So I strained it all after about forty-five minutes or so.  The jar was still pretty hot to the touch, but I went ahead and poured the strained tea into a new jar.  No cracking sounds so I thought I was okay.

When I came back a few hours later, I noticed there was a bit of tea on the counter next to the jar.  Uh oh!  Sure enough, the tea was still hot enough to crack this jar, albeit a bit more slowly.  Lesson learned: If the jar is really hot still, use a wooden spoon!

I hope my unfortunate experiences with breaking my jars will help prevent any damage to your jars when using boiling water.  Put those wooden spoons to work in the protection of your precious jars!

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  1. Hi Mindy! Just wanted to let you know that you need to use a metal spoon not a wooden one (forgot to mention that in my post – eep!). We generally use a ladle if spoons are too short. Metal conducts heat and so it absorbs it from the water helping you jars not break. Hope it helps! :)

    • Mindy says:

      Thanks for that clarification, Hannah! Fortunately, even though wood doesn’t conduct heat, it does seem to either absorb it or help in some way. It’s kept my jars from breaking so far!

  2. Meghan says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I’ve been making herbal infusions in my half-gallon jars and so far I haven’t had one break yet, but I always worry about it as I’m pouring the water in. I will definitely be implementing this new technique!

    • Mindy says:

      I’m glad you haven’t had any break yet! I didn’t for a while either. Hopefully this will keep your jars safe!

  3. Ugh! Sorry to hear about your jars. I chipped a Pyrex measuring glass recently by dropping a pot a little too hard on it. So bummed! I love my Pyrex!

    • Mindy says:

      What a bummer about your Pyrex measuring glass! I love those things and have them in several different sizes.

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