I have to come clean about something.
I, Christina, am obsessed with mason jars.
It’s not a new concept to store food in these cylindrical, glass beauties. In fact, if my mommom saw this she’d slap me over the head because she (as with most older, wiser people) has used mason jars in her kitchen for a century, and has also been jarring gravy for the same amount of time, in a massive collection of her own masons.
But it must have hit me when I started working, cooking, and storing food for myself just how great these are, and how the uses for them are practically innumerable. No longer do I have to worry about whether or not my soup, smoothie, coffee, dressing, sauce or any other liquid I might carry somewhere has spilled all over the inside of my bag. No longer am I thinking about the BPA seeping into my food when I microwave it later. No longer am I thinking about how quickly I have to eat what’s in there before it goes bad.
Well that last one is a little presumptuous – food can still go bad. But when its sealed that tight IN GLASS?? It definitely lasts longer than any other kind of container you might be using.
Either way, the pack I bought at Target for $8.00 (!) have more than paid for themselves in the probably-a-year I’ve had them. Here are some of my favorite uses for maybe mankind’s greatest invention:
- Overnight oats: the easiest = rolled oats, almond milk, blueberries, cinnamon, peanut butter… awesome and perfect breakfast! (pictured)
- Storing my cold brew coffee (pictured)
- Storing my favorite homemade soups for easy grabbing when making lunch (work well freezing too!)
- Mason Jar salads (pictured) also for easy grabbing when making lunch
- Smoothies – I’ll make a few early in the week, label the ingredients, and take them with me for breakfasts, lunches etc. The fruit and contents doesn’t go bad or taste any different!
- Baking soda air freshners – DYI, all natural, no chemicals in the air and REALLY, HONESTLY work!
- Vase for short, bundles of flowers I get at a farmer’s market
- Storing and keeping fresh various grains – quinoa, farro, rice stay fresh for months in seal tight mason jars
- Chia detox water: chia seeds purified water, fruits like frozen blueberries and strawberries, and lemons!
- Chia pudding
The list could go on and on. What are your favorite uses for mason jars??
Thanks for reading!