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October 3, 2013 Canning, Canning 101, News, Product, What's New

How to Measure Jars and Lids for the Perfect Match

We often hear from folks who have some bottles and jars, but need some new lids in order to re-use or re-purpose them. “How do I know what size lid will fit” is the question we get asked. Sometimes, it’s the opposite…a customer inherits a large number of lids, but doesn’t have the jars to go with them. So, whether you’re looking to cover some jars, or looking for jars to cover, we can help!

Measurements are almost always in millimeters (mm). Don’t have a metric ruler? You can use a standard ruler or tape measure and convert to metrics.

If you don’t have a tool designed for this purpose, you can place some masking tape or some card stock to serve as a straight edge to take out the guess work.

Here are some pictorial guidelines on the proper way to measure jar finishes.

CT Jar Measurement Support CT Lid Measurement Support Lug Jar Measurement Support Lug Lid Measurement Support

Once you know which size and whether or not it’s a lug or CT, you can move forward and choose the best lid for your process. Browse our selection of lids here.

CAUTION…while we like to encourage responsible re-use of jars, we cannot recommend that you use jars of an unknown standard in your canning process.  Many jars are not designed to withstand the pressure canner process and you may end up with product loss or suffer personal injury. Some may not even be able to withstand water bath.  Please remember to keep the limits of your jars and/or lids in mind as you use them and re-use them.

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  1. Leanna Posted October 3, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for that info. I have glass gallon jugs I use for storage and new lids would be nice since some are showing rust.

  2. lisa Posted October 12, 2013 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    My mother has several very large jars similar to the cracker jars…most of those lids have become very rusty or the paper liners have gotten yucky. This would be a great way to replace them with some fresh lids…and would allow her to store some of her dry mixes and keep them fresh!

  3. Paul Posted August 23, 2015 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    I Am interested in new lids for Teddy’s Peanut Butter Jars, as they make very nice jars for honey. The measurement should be straightforward enough, but not sure about the threads. Anyone got any ideas about this?? Thanks in advance!!

    • Jared Posted September 5, 2017 at 8:15 am | Permalink

      Hello. I realize your post was a few years ago. I am wondering if you were able to find good lids for Teddie’s peanut butter jars. I use them for honey as well and would like to order some. Thanks!
      -Jared

  4. Elisabeth Posted April 10, 2016 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Hello, we have an old pickle jar and we need a lid for it. It measures 122 mm. Could you direct me to where I can buy lids for the pickle jar. Thank you

    • Lisa Reinhart
      Fillmore Container Posted April 11, 2016 at 10:00 am | Permalink

      Hello Elisabeth, I’m sorry, but the largest lid we currently carry is a 110mm lid. It sounds like you’d have a 120mm lid. Determine whether it’s a lug jar or a CT jar and then try searching for a 120mm lug or 120mm CT lid.

  5. Brian Lacy Posted September 21, 2016 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Do you know / have you tried to see if a jar that’s an 89×400 would accept a standard 86mm x 4050 wide plastic mason lid for a non food use – i.e. – only has to go on/stay on/ unthread … no need ofr water tight seal?

    Will be useful in the field using plastic 16 oz jar with screened lid to do powdered “sugar roll” of 1 cup live bees — how one tests for how high the mite count is in any given bee hive.

    Many thanks!

    • Lisa Reinhart
      Fillmore Container Posted October 8, 2016 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

      I’m sorry, Brian, but I dont’ think it would work.

  6. Sheryll Wilson Posted October 3, 2016 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Looking for a 122 mm gallon jar lid

    • Lisa Reinhart
      Fillmore Container Posted October 8, 2016 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

      I’m sorry Sheryll, the largest lid we carry is the 110mm.

  7. Barrie Posted May 6, 2017 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    I have several 34 ounce Fido jars that with metal bales that I want to convert to silver screw tops.

    I think they are 3.5 inches at the widest part, but I’m not exactly certain (88.9 mm?). It looks like they would be CT not lug. I’ve attached a link to photos of these jars.

    Do you carry a lid that would work?

    http://www.goodmans.net/i/6299/bormioli-rocco-149220m04321991-fido-square-jar-33-75-oz.htm?sc=GOOGLEBASE&k=BF-149220&utm_source=GOOGLEBASE&utm_medium=datafeed&utm_campaign=BF-149220&gclid=COvN5dGD3NMCFdlLDQod-kYDhQ

    Thanks in advance!!

    • Lisa Reinhart
      Fillmore Container Posted May 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

      Unfortunately, I don’t believe these are made with the conversion in mind. From the image, I can’t see that there is a thread that a CT Lid would be able to screw on to.

      • Barrie Posted May 8, 2017 at 11:38 am | Permalink

        Hi Lisa. There is a thread. I’m assuming the 89 mm lid would work?

        • Lisa Reinhart
          Fillmore Container Posted May 11, 2017 at 10:43 am | Permalink

          Hi Barrie, You could try it…but the cost of sending a single lid may be a little cost prohibitive. I’d test it for you if I had one of those jars in possession, but unfortunately, I don’t. If you’re within driving distance of our facility, you’d be welcome to bring the jar and test the lids here in our show room.

  8. DBCooper Posted May 17, 2017 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the info, great work … I am milking two cows now and we use both lug and CT 1 gal. jars. Now I know what they are called and how to properly measure them! I have not fully researched your site … do you sell lids?? Many thanks, DB

    • Lisa Reinhart
      Fillmore Container Posted May 20, 2017 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

      HI DB, You bet! We sell them by the piece or by the case. By the piece ends up getting kind of pricey for shipping, so it’s nice if you can plan to make the most of your order – like placing a joint order with a neighbor.

  9. Josh Posted June 15, 2017 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Looking for a 40mm lug cap. Any ideas on were to find this unique size?

    • Lisa Reinhart
      Fillmore Container Posted June 16, 2017 at 7:47 am | Permalink

      Hi Josh, It sounds like this might be a custom size. Most juice bottle lids are 38mm (like Snapple) them jump to 43mm (like Nantucket nectars). I’ve forwarded you inquiry to our general manager who should be in touch with details. Thank you!

  10. Sandy Posted July 5, 2017 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    I am using Bormioli gallon glass jars with hermetically sealed tops for storing water. I would like to replace the tops with screw tops. The jar mouth is ~3 3/4″-wide.

    • Lisa Reinhart
      Fillmore Container Posted July 5, 2017 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

      Hi Sandy, I haven’t seen those particular jars with threads on them to support a screw top. Does the finish of your jar have a thread (CT) or several threads (lugs) that would support either of those styles? The images of the jar finishes in above post should give you an idea of what to look for.

  11. Pat Millard Posted July 17, 2017 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    Hi Lisa,
    Do you know how or where I can get 38mm juice bottle caps like are used for Snapple drinks?
    Pat

    • Lisa Reinhart
      Fillmore Container Posted July 17, 2017 at 10:09 am | Permalink

      We carry the 38mm lug in gold, black, white. Since Snapple’s packaging is so customized, I’d recommend testing them first to ensure that it’s the lid that you need. If you’re local, you’re welcome to swing by with a bottle and try a sample lid on.

  12. Desiree Seaberry Posted July 22, 2017 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Which lid size will I need if I purchase 4oz jars and 8oz jars

    • Lisa Reinhart
      Fillmore Container Posted July 25, 2017 at 7:52 am | Permalink

      Hello Desiree, It depends on which 4oz jars and 8oz jars you’re looking at – we have several styles in those sizes. The best way to be sure that you’re getting the proper lid with your jars is to bring up the jar details. When you do that, the lids that are designed to fit that jar will flow along the right side of your screen as accessories for that jar.
      If you’re unsure, feel free to give our customer service team a call – 1-866-345-5527.

  13. donna call-thomas Posted July 25, 2017 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Doyouu sell a 5 1/2 inch barrel screw on lid; which also has a metal handle on it.and how much please

    • Lisa Reinhart
      Fillmore Container Posted July 25, 2017 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

      I’m sorry, Donna, but we do not carry lids that wide. Are you looking to replace an antique lid?

  14. Mike Posted August 28, 2017 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    I have a old butter churn but the jar was damaged when I moved this is from my grandmother so I have been looking for a jar with 5″screw on lid 9″ deep any help would be great

    • Lisa Reinhart
      Fillmore Container Posted August 28, 2017 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

      Hello Mike,
      We have some cracker jars that may end up being close – with a finish of 123mm.However, I don’t believe that the jar is tall enough to accommodate your lid attachment. If you can our customer service, they could measure the height of then entire jar. If you’re local and can stop by, that would be the easiest. If not, try taking as accurate a measurement as you can, using this post as a guide. These cracker jars take a 123mm CT lid.