How to Freeze Liquid in Quart Jars {TIPS}

Chickadilla Soup

Did you know you can freeze liquid in quart jars? I prefer to freeze in the wide mouth mason jars which makes it easier to pour out if the liquid is semi-frozen. It’s also easier to empty and fill, my friend :)

Here are some advantages for freezing in mason wide mouth quart jars.

  • Food can be transferred to the glass jars while warm {food must be completely cool for freezer bags}
  • You can write the contents on the lid with a sharpie
  • Glass jars are dishwasher safe, can be sterilized and reused
  • The lids and rings can be washed and use again, but not suitable for canning
  • They make a nice presentation when gifting for dinner, etc. {a ribbon can be tied around the ring or a square of fabric can cover the lid with the ring covering the fabric}
  • Glass jars are relatively inexpensive at thrift stores, garage sales or Goodwill

Here are some disadvantages:

  • They are breakable and not as mobile when rearranging frozen foods
  • They need to freeze upright and need a planned space
  • They can not be self-vacuum sealed like freezer bags
After having a few jars crack and recommendations from readers, I suggest filling your glass jar with liquid, such as soup, broth, stock, enchilada sauce, marinara, stew about 2/3 full for for freezer expansion. Place a piece of foil, wrap or wax paper on top to prevent freezer burn.  Fill your jar completely with good homemade stuff and write the contents on the lid with a sharpie marker. Goo Gone will remove the pen for the next round. Refrigerate if slightly warm. Freeze solid on a stable shelf or chest freezer recording the contents on your freezer inventory. Thaw contents overnight and empty jar into a saucepan, crock pot or microwave safe dish. You can have a homemade soup in no time without opening a can full of sodium or preservatives. Enjoy your homemade goodness on cold night and you’ll be thankful you did your freezer homework.
What homemade liquid will you fill your quart jars with?

 

10 thoughts on “How to Freeze Liquid in Quart Jars {TIPS}

  1. Jenn

    Why does your food have to be completely cooled for freezer bags? I put mine in there warm all the time.

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    1. admin

      Warm food produces more condensation which results in more liquid in the food, not so good with breads. It just makes the product more watery or soggy. And I’m assuming the plastic is not BPA free which could be harmful to the body. I just like to be on the safer side.

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  2. Sandy

    Trying to avoid the use of plastic, I have tried twice to use glass jars in my freezer to collect dripping and broth. I’ve read on other posts to keep adding leftover liquids to jars until you have the amount you need, but the mason jars have cracked for me. In the most recent one, I had about two inches of chicken drippings that had been frozen for about one month. Last night I pour the remaining liquid (at room temperature) remaining from steaming mixed vegetables on top. I checked it this morning and for the second time the glass shattered. I’m two for two now and don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Does anyone have an answer?

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    1. admin

      Sandy, I’ve been having this problem too since the change in weather. Maybe that’s it; I’m asking around, I’ll let you know if I find out.

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  3. Deborah

    I just bought a dozen mason jars for freezing broth and am really scared to hear that you ladies are having problems with cracking!

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    1. admin

      Hi Deborah, Thanks for sharing your research, I’ve had my last few crack as well and I think they may have been newer jars. I’m so glad you did the research because I had some older jars given to me from twenty or maybe thirty years ago and I was using them as well and I wonder if those weren’t the ones that didn’t crack.

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  4. Deborah

    Actually, I have done more research since then, and the quart widemouth jars have NEVER been labeled freezer safe and have ALWAYS had shoulders. So your cracking has nothing to do with the newness of your jars. The brand name is the same make and quality as it always has been.

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  5. Jeff

    While wide-mouth pint jars are by far the most versatile jars in my mason jar stable, but

    I’ve tried to freeze in quart mason jars (Kerr and Ball) a few times, against the instructions, because I either ran out of pints or felt like breaking the rules The jars cracked more often than not, so I gave up on it.

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  6. Dawn

    I found a Ball Hearthmark Quart Wide Mouth Can or Freeze Jar (Set of 12) for $28.90 @ Walmart online (delivered thru Wayfair). I am about to order them to freeze vegetable soup for the winter. It states that they are safe for freezing and canning.

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