So, if you don’t already know it, I’m in love with Mason jars. Well, Mason jars and pallets, but that’s another blog post. I know we’ve already covered Mason jars once on Thrifty Thursday, (that blog post is here), but ol’ Mason and I have recently rekindled our relationship so I thought I’d share.
Several months ago, I decided to stop using plastic (even BPA free) and start using my extra glass jars for storage purposes. Surprisingly, these containers have met almost every need I have (with the exception of packing my daughter’s PB&J for lunch). So, let’s do it–the top ten uses of glass jars in the kitchen.
1. Tea–anyone who loves tea and is from the South knows that you haven’t had iced tea until you have it out of a Mason jar. Hot day, condensation dripping down the side, slice of lemon on top. The way we drink it at Growing Grace Farm is green tea, slice of ginger, a drop of honey, and lots of ice. (16 oz size)
2. Drinks on the go–no sense in making one glass of tea. I boil a whole pot of water, make plenty of my favorite blend of the moment, and pour in Mason jars. Put the top on, store on the 3rd shelf of the fridge, and I’m ready to grab and go as needed. Also works well for lemonade and “summer water.” “Summer water”–water with slices of lemon, lime, orange, and cucumber. (16 oz size)
3. Salad dressings–I love trying new blends of oils, vinegars, spices and herbs. Mason jars are a nice way of storing my experiments. (4 or 8 oz size)
4. Leftovers–you got it–if you use plastic, you can use glass. There are almost as many options in Mason jars as you can find in plastic containers. Great bonuses about glass–you can see everything inside, glass doesn’t hold odors, and you can heat/microwave right in the container. (various sizes)
5. “On the side” dishes–when my daughter was a baby, we called her “Queen o’ Condiments.” Given her sensory issues, she’s got a thing about food items touching. The 4 oz jars are the perfect size for condiments or dips on the side. (4 oz size)
6. Baked goods in a jar–we’ve all seen ’em: cookie or brownie recipes with the dry goods layered in the 12 oz jars. It’s a great way to keep a spare jar of cookies on hand, and there are no unhealthy preservatives! (16 oz size)
5. Dry good storage–I got rid of all bags, Ziplocs and plastic containers and put all my dried goods in labeled quart jars. Not only are they easy to find, but I love seeing the textures too. (Quart size)
6. Water bottles–my sister and her friend took a grommet set and put metal grommet in the flat metal lids; the hole is the perfect size for a straw. Love it! (16 oz size)
7. Shakers–Take the flat top of the metal lid and poke holes in top with an ice pick and hammer. Perfect to create some rustic shakers for salt and pepper, cinnamon, spices, etc.
8. Pinch bowls–The 4oz size work nicely for holding those small amounts of baking items like baking soda or salt as well as herbs while your cooking. Forget investing in those fancy 4 for $16 pinch bowls–4 0z canning jars are perfect.
9. Baking–baking? yes, baking! Did you know you can bake in jar. Whenever I need single servings, I use a Mason jar and my toaster over. Perfect!
10. Window gardens–a great project for kids or just to add some flair to your kitchen windowsill.