Looking for new ways to use Mason jars? Here's seven creative options to try today.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably know that I grew up on a farm in South Dakota. Being a farm girl, my fall months were spent helping my mom and grandma can fruit and vegetables from our gardens to eat during the winter months. For decades, glass canning jars had just one use, and that was to store food for the future. Lately though, I have started to use Mason jars for a variety of other uses. Keeping just a few of these around your home means you can have them handy for a number of everyday uses.
1.) Drinking Glasses
One of the cutest ways I’ve seen glass jars used is as drinking glasses. Yes, you can go buy a set of drinking glasses, but using jars offers a cute, country look to your beverages. Whether you keep them in your cabinet and use them on a daily basis, or you have a bunch of them that you prefill with adult cocktails for a party, the jars are a cute and handy way to serve drinks.
A bonus about using the jars for party drinks is that you can premix the drinks, pour them in the jars, screw on the lids, and toss them in to a cooler or tub of ice. It cuts down on the amount of hands-on work that needs to be done during the festivities, which means you can have more time with your guests.
Another way you can use Mason jars for drinks is for your morning smoothies. My husband and I go through phases where we drink smoothies as a meal replacement in the morning. I had been using travel cups to drink these on the road, but that caused issues a few mornings where my hands were full. I realized that I needed a better option to seal up my smoothie so I could throw it in my purse and drink it when I got to the office. Know what works great for that? Mason jars.
I used the pint size jars to store my peanut butter and banana protein shakes or my green drinks until I got to my desk. Then I’d pop off the sealed lid and toss in a straw to enjoy my smoothie. It was a quick and easy way to make sure that my smoothie got in my mouth instead of the bottom of my purse or the front of my shirt.
See Also: How to Make the Perfect Smoothie
Now that you have the drinks covered, it’s time to look at some food storage options that you can use the jars for. One of my favorites is to use the jars for lunch salads. At the beginning of each week, it’s super easy to layer the salad ingredients in to several jars and have them ready to grab on your way out the door.
When you assemble the salad ingredients, it’s important to put the dressing on the bottom of the jar, then put in more sturdy ingredients that won’t wilt. Good examples are carrots, celery, tomatoes, or meat. Continue to layer ingredients, with your leafy greens being the last ones added to the jar so they don’t touch the dressing and get soggy. When you’re ready to eat the salad, tip the jar over and let it sit on the counter for a few minutes. The dressing will work its way down to coat all the ingredients so then a quick shake will help evenly disperse it and mix your ingredients. You can eat it straight from the jar or pour it in to a large bowl.