Friday, June 17, 2011

Have a Ball

i love mason jars. they are perhaps one of the most versatile and useful things in the kitchen. i found a box full of ball jars in the basement of my grandfathers house last year. i dusted them off, ran them through the dishwasher and haven't looked back since.

i use them to store rice, couscous, pasta, quinoa, and other grains. they look all nice and neat and organized on the kitchen counter. and, because they are glass, i can see what the contents are.

i also use them to make homemade salad dressings. empty jam jars work well too (just throw them in the dishwasher to get them super clean). everything goes into the jar and the lid gets screwed on. a couple of good shakes and the dressing is all mixed.

if you peak into my fridge, you can even find some mason jars storing things like simple syrup, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and even nuts.

i have even seen them filled with sand and candles, using them as homemade candle jars.

of course, you could also use them for their intended purpose, canning food. there's a great idea if you are super talented and have lots of time (and food) on your hands.

i'm sure there are other uses out there i haven't even thought of yet too. do you use jars? if so, what for? do share!


  1. My aunt has mason jars on her wedding tables and they were the giveaway. She filled them with M&Ms...BUT I ordered a Long Island Iced Tea that was way too strong for my liking, so the M&Ms were poured out and the mason jar became a shot glass. I'm really classy like that...

  2. I am having them as the vases for my wedding centerpieces. After the wedding I am going to use them for grain storage. I love getting two uses from one item!


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