Pickle & Preserve

Put a Filter on It: Mason Jars

June 27, 2014

Once upon a time, mason jars were used solely for canning and preserving. Now, they've broken out of the world of processing and putting up, swept through hipster coffee shops worldwide, and have officially become a staple of kitchen cabinets everywhere. Mason jars come in all shapes, colors, and sizes, and you can even can turn them into makeshift lunch boxes or soap dispensers

Alaina Sullivan (a.k.a. alasully) uses her mason jar to store homemade almond butter made with coconut oil, honey, and sea salt -- what do you use yours for? We want to see how you put your jars to use.

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Kimberly K. July 2, 2014
I simply place the herbs in the jar with the lid on- that's it! Hope this helps!

Susan W. July 1, 2014
Kimberly, what method do you use? A little water in the jar? Do you leave the lid off?
Kimberly K. July 1, 2014
I use quart sized mason jars to store fresh herbs in- keeps them fresh for a month (or longer)!
Luvtocook June 30, 2014
I use pint mason jars as drinking glasses.
Susan W. June 29, 2014
I love making "salad in a jar" in pint jars for just me or QT jars for more people. A great way to transport salad to work, picnics or potlucks. The salad stays beautifully crisp. The dressing is at the bottom of the jar, soa little gentle shake dresses the salad.
Shamima June 28, 2014
I decorated the jar and made it look like a mushroom hut and placed it in my garden.Stick half of a circle of any round object on the lid to look like the mushroom top and decorate
Melody J. June 28, 2014
Paint the mason jar and put a candle in it.
HalfPint June 27, 2014
I find mason jars, both big and small, make the best and cheapest gift containers.
Pat E. June 27, 2014
I plan to make cashew butter and use it in place of the almond butter ...as well as other variations...in the delicious granola bars Merrill posted. Can anyone think of any reason this wouldn't work? Do you think cashew butter would be more loose than almond butter and therefore too gooey?
Pat E. June 27, 2014
Sorry...posted in the wrong thread.
karen W. June 27, 2014
I use jars to store frozen vegetables that I have dehydrated. three large bags of frozen corn fit into one Quart size mason jar.
Marlene T. June 27, 2014
I used to can all kinds of fruit and juice when my children were small. Now that there is just two of us, I use my old jars to store rice, beans, bread crumbs, etc. All the things that bugs can get into. Keeps things much longer in my pantry!