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You already know the wonders of canning jars if you are a home canner or a moonshiner. These old-timey, reusable storage jars are very versatile and can provide us with a number of survival savvy attributes and uses. Here are my top 10 survival uses for the classic glass canning jar.

1. Re-pack dry foods
Keep bugs, rodents and dampness out of your dry food stores, pour your rice, grain, beans, etc. in canning jars and screw the cap on tight. Add oxygen absorber packs for best results.

2. Tinder box
Keep some tinder dry and away from nest making rodents, by keeping a jar full of shredded bark, dryer lint or some other top tinder, at your camp, cabin or bug out site.

3. Bank
For valuable coins, jewelry and other bank-worthy items, fill the jar and bury it in a place where you can easily find it again – but no one else will find it.

4. Ammo cache
Consider a few jars of your most used ammunition, buried at a bug out site or in the back yard. Like the bank, make sure you place it somewhere that you can find it again.

5. Home brew
While running your own moonshine is illegal, home brewing wine and beer are not against the law. Store your fine, hand crafted beverages in space saving canning jars.

6. Store wild game and veggies
Fish caught, game hunted and home grown tomatoes can be stored for years if properly canned in canning jars, and stored in a cool dark place.

7. First aid kit
Canning jars make a great, waterproof first aid supply container.

8. Build a wild pharmacy
Medicinal plants can be dried and stored for several seasons in canning jars. Incidentally, our word “drug” comes from the Dutch word “droog”, meaning dried medicinal plant.

9. Lantern
Put a small candle down in the jar to make a wind-proof lantern for home or camp.

10. Break the jar
Glass knives and arrowheads can be chipped from the pieces of a broken jar. Wear gloves and goggles while breaking the glass. Chip the pieces to shape with a nail imbedded in a stick.

Leave us a comment to tell us what you can accomplish with a canning jar and your imagination.

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