I'm from the South and in my family we spend countless days each summer "putting-up" vegetables, making preserves, and pickling everything we can possibly think of. So needless to say, I have a lot of empty Mason jars lying around my condo in Atlanta, GA. One late summer day, when the tomatoes are incredibly ripe and juicy, I made a gazpacho to take on a picnic to the park with a whole mess of my food loving friends. But my problem was how to transport and serve it.
I needed something that could hold it and be sealed, and preferably something that didn't need bowls and spoons. So I looked around and found my stash of Mason jars just begging to be used. So I packed it up and headed to the park, where all my friends loved being able to "drink" their gazpacho straight from the Mason jar.
I love to serve this with pickled shrimp and a crisp white wine. —UrbanCleaver