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Vintage Jadite Coffee Canisters or Jars

Updated on March 28, 2015

McKee Jadite Coffee Canister

McKee Jadite Coffee Canister
McKee Jadite Coffee Canister | Source

Store Your Coffee in a Jadite Coffee Jar

Jadite is a generic term that refers to jade green opaque glass dishes that were produced by various companies, including but not limited to the Anchor Hocking Glass Company, from the 1940s to the 1960s.Jadite glassware was produced very inexpensively and in mass quantities. Because It was very durable, it was practical for use in restaurants and other institutions. It was definitely not considered fine china. It was also produced in a lighter version for use at home and often given away as part of a promotion.

I was thrilled to discover recently that there were JADITE COFFEE JARS OR CANISTERS produced for storing coffee. These pieces are handsome, very desirable and command top dollar. If you love Jadite and you can afford it, you should definitely consider adding one or more of these attractive coffee canisters to your collection.

If you love Jadite, you will want some of these in your collection...

Jadite Coffee Mugs
Jadite Coffee Mugs | Source

Is It Safe To Use Jadite?

And can I put my vintage Jadite pieces in the dishwasher and microwave?

Jadite is a type of glass that has been colored using uranium compounds. It has been tested and proven to have a slight radioactivity although I read that the amount is "not much more than one would encounter from every day background radiation" so whether you choose to store food in your Jadite dishes is a personal choice.

A Few Clarifications, a page on the Fire-King website, is an excellent resource that seeks to clear up some of the mysteries around Anchor-Hocking. They say that putting Fire-King pieces in the microwave is safe and that they have been doing so for years. They also state that old pieces of Jadite are NOT dishwasher safe. Pieces washed in the dishwasher will, over time, lose their original lustre and become hazy.

© 2011 Treasures By Brenda

Do you like these vintage Jadite coffee jars? - What do you store YOUR coffee in?

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    • CottageHomestead profile image


      6 years ago

      Yes, I love these!!!

    • TheWritingnag profile image

      Writing Nag 

      7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Love these Jadite coffee jars! I've seen Jadite occasionally but never the coffee jar. I store my coffee in a plain black jar, I think I'm going to look for Jadite on my next antique market trip!

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful items

    • TreasuresBrenda profile imageAUTHOR

      Treasures By Brenda 

      7 years ago from Canada

      @Dianne Loomos: Yes, a large assortment of dishes were made in Jadite by a number of manufacturers.

    • TreasuresBrenda profile imageAUTHOR

      Treasures By Brenda 

      7 years ago from Canada

      @SusanDeppner: I agree Susan that these coffee jars are beautiful and not boring at all.

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      Susan Deppner 

      7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I've seen Jadite mugs on eBay but never looked for a Jadite coffee jar or canister. They're beautiful and I'd love to have them in my kitchen. The green is such a beautiful color! Our coffee is just stored in its original can. Bor-ing!

    • Dianne Loomos profile image

      Dianne Loomos 

      7 years ago

      Love the Jadite coffee jars. Did they make dishes too? I have an old saucer about that color.

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      tandemonimom lm 

      7 years ago

      That Jadite is beautiful! I thought it was painted glass at first glance.


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