The First Agee Jars
The first Agee jars were made in the 1920s to 1940s. Produced by the Australian Glass Company (operating in Sydney, Australia and Penrose, Auckland), they were called “Queen” jars and featured a branded collar neck.
Around the neck was a wire band with two clamp-type handles on either side of the bottle. You would set a rubber ring (gasket) and a glass lid on top of the jar and use the handles to clamp the lid down during processing. After processing, you would release the clamps to check the seal.
Today these Queen jars are typically used for dry or refrigerated storage of food items.
The Lockdown Revival
During the unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic, a trend that has re-emerged is the appreciation of a slower-paced lifestyle.
Preserving food enables people to avoid going to the supermarket as often, minimises fruit and vegetable waste and makes the most of seasonal fruit and vegetable bounty. Storing fruit and vegetables has become a lockdown hobby for foodies and novices alike.
By preserving your own jams and foods you have the option of altering the taste to suit your tastes or diet. If you find store-bought jams too sweet, make your own the way you like it!