After having a discussion last week on MPC (www.my-pipes.com) about jarring tobacco, I put a little more thought into my position on the matter. Now most people jar tobacco for the long haul. If you have a blend that you like in bulk, you buy a boatload of it and transfer it all into mason jars and stash it for Armageddon. Well of course, this is the obvious instance where you would jar up tobacco, but I do a little more.
I tend to buy a lot of tobacco in bulk form, and also a lot of samples of bulk tobacco in that ever present desire to find good cellaring tobacco. So, I usually wind up having a drawer full of 1-2 oz. baggies that if left alone, will turn dry like Sahara sand. So, in those instances, I jar it up. This can be a bit of a pain, jarring every single sample I get, but in the end I find it to be a good precaution. At the present moment, the majority of my “cellared” tobacco is actually samples that I have acquired. That is not to say that I don’t anticipate buying quantity to cellar, because if Uncle Sam is good to me, I’m spoiling myself on tobacco (cross your fingers).
My practice is, anytime I buy a sample I look at my open “sample” jars. If I feel there are too many and I wont get to my new sample soon enough, it gets jarred up. So, I have a drawer full of little jars full of samples. I also do the same with anything tinned that gets opened.
1/2 pint Platinum Collection Ball jars work perfect, they are short, wide mouthed and resemble a round 50 g. tin that has had too many cheeseburgers. I would recommend that if you have never seen these, look for them and try them out. My local Wal-Mart had them in the canning section, however; if you can find them locally, or god forbid you don’t have a Wally World close by, you can also find them here : Kitchen Krafts.
Because I have a tendency to get sidetracked with new blends, or a sample that came in that I really like, an open tin can dry up without me even realizing it. So, if I open a tin, and its not on the fast track to getting finished, it gets jarred as well. So I’m curious, am I crazy, or does anyone else out there do this as well ?