> I've tried searching the web, this group, and various home canning
> websites for info or advice about shipping FILLED jars of home canned
> goods. But the only things I find are jars for sale, and the shipping
> and handling costs of that.
> I'm planning to mail some half-pints of zucchini relish to relatives.
> I know to write "FRAGILE - GLASS" on the outside and use enough
> padding to keep the jars safe. Probably leaving the rings on will keep
> the lids from coming off. But does it cause problems if the jars are
> laid on their side during transit? I doubt that writing "THIS SIDE UP"
> will guarantee that really stay that way during shipping.
> Have you ever shipped juicy items like this? Got any tips to share?
Several people on this group ship jars of jellies, jams, and relishes
all over the US. Most of us wrap the individual jars in bubble wrap,
including the top and bottom, fill in all the open spaces with either
more bubble wrap of styrofoam (or better yet, the corn starch
ones)peanuts. Wrap well, be sure the box is taped up with shipping tape,
some label the box Fragile, some don't. I subscribe to the theory that
if the box says "Fragile" the shipping apes at the shipping place will
test the boxes to destruction if possible. I have sent and received
boxes of full jars via the USPS and UPS without a problem to my
knowledge. Never had a jar come open, going or coming but always leave
the rings on just in case. YMMV