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Recognize this jar?


Uncle B is a charter member of the Doctor Haterz Club. He goes to a qualified medical herbalist, who manages to keep his blood pressure and other complaints well under control. Has done for years.

Actually, he’s been to several. It’s a thing here. Alternate therapies in general; I think it’s partly a side effect of the uselessness of the NHS (but I won’t go into ‘whiny immigrant’ mode).

No comment on some of the alternative therapies, but the medical herbalist thing is a proper specialty with, like, real qualifications in actual medical schools and advanced degrees and shit.

I’ve been messing about with herbal remedies lately. Not the prepared things. I’ve been buying herbs and making teas. Like, I have insomnia. I went to a herb supplier, ordered 250 grams of everything that’s supposed to make you sleepy, and I make a big ass jar of tea with it every night. Like, five or six infusions.

Hells yes, it’s working. I’ve been sleeping like a baby. A drunken baby with serious neurological deficiencies who pulled an all-nighter studying for a baby exam. Seriously, I have to cut back on this shit.

So Uncle B made me confess what I was doing to the herbalist today (in case I was poisoning myself. You can buy some pretty heavy herbs by mail order). Not only did she approve my ingredients, my quantities and my methods (I did look it up on the internet first — honest), but she made some further suggestions and offered to add my requests to her next order. I don’t suppose her suppliers are necessarily any purer, but they are sure as shit cheaper.

Anyway, I’ve been making herbal teas in this jar since forever. It’s nice and heavy, it has a handle (!), it’s just perfect. I’d like another. I’m quite sure I bought this whateveritwas entirely for the jar in a supermarket in New England. I believe it was something in the ethnic Italian (or perhaps Spanish or Portuguese) section. And it was something like olives or pimientos or something.

Anybody recognize?

Oh, and happy Equinox. Technically, it’s Wednesday, but the 21st is the thing. Autumn is upon us!


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: September 21, 2015, 10:50 pm

Pair of bloody hippies! ;}

Comment from LesterIII
Time: September 21, 2015, 11:04 pm

Have no idea what your original is/was, but you can get the equivalent of a lifetime supply via The’Zon:


I drink my nettle tea outta a big ass mug after steeping in a mason jar, but may order some of these. Thanks for inspiring me to look.

I can share a cold/flu concoction that is tasty AND effective as hell. It should be extraordinarily easy for you to make with your super-duper blendo-stick-thingy.

Comment from Nina
Time: September 22, 2015, 12:54 am

Herbal remedies are so vile I can’t get them past my nose.

And I don’t get how seeing an herbalist is any different than seeing a doc, given that they’re both health professionals!

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: September 22, 2015, 1:13 am

That handled jar would be great for moonshine.

I’ve found that regular moonshine jars (Mason jars) tend to slip from my zonked-out little fingers after a few really big gulps of “Ol’ Hunert an’ Ten Proof” corn squeezin’s. Who’d have thunk it?

Comment from mojo
Time: September 22, 2015, 1:52 am

Olives would be my bet. Italian. Look like it’s intended as a beer mug when empty, you’re supposed to buy like six of them.

I wonder if it worked?

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: September 22, 2015, 2:20 am


Husband is addicted to Blackburn’s Blackberry Jelly. We have four unopened jars in the pantry, and three or four clean jars in the cabinet—you are right about the size. It’s perfect for hot tea. Wal-Mart stocks Blackburns, and the company has a website, but I’ll send it in a second link so I don’t end up in the spam filter.

I can send you some empties if you’d like.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: September 22, 2015, 2:24 am

Blackburn’s website:

Comment from Harry
Time: September 22, 2015, 3:10 am

@Deborah HH
Wal-Mart eh? A small supermarket near where I used to live carried Blackburn’s, and I can witness the HIGH quality of their preserves. I will definitely check out Wal-Mart on my next commando raid. Thanks!

Comment from Timbo
Time: September 22, 2015, 7:50 am

Used to get jam in those in Costa Rica.

Comment from Carl
Time: September 22, 2015, 9:50 am

You can get them in the UK. They are called (appropriately)Tennessee Handled jars. They are on Amazon for £6 or so for a set of 4 (including delivery). There are several suppliers listed on Amazon. The cheapest (£6.30)is Revelation Catering in Bristol but I would avoid them because their website appears to be suspended.

Comment from Bikeboy
Time: September 22, 2015, 10:52 pm

I don’t spoze you’d share your sleeping concoction… ? You know, to save faithful Weaselnoids from having to do all that internet research and such. And be sure to tell us how much to imbibe, based on Kg or whatever…

Comment from JC
Time: September 23, 2015, 4:00 am

Jam jar for generic apricot stuff. Use it a lot in the kitchen.

Comment from Doubting Rich
Time: September 23, 2015, 12:26 pm

Autumn Equinox is today, the 23rd September. Bizarrely enough my pilot students need to know this for their exams.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: September 30, 2015, 9:34 pm

My jar like that has Blackburn red plum jelly in it.

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