Mason jars were first invented over a century ago as a means of preserving food for soldiers during wartime. Because mason jars were able to create and maintain an airtight seal, they prevented food from going bad. Today, however, they are use quite differently.
With the advent of machine canning and refrigeration, it is no longer essential to can your own produce. However, mason jars have been picked up by the young hipster movement as a rustic memorabilia of days past. Here are some ways you can repurpose mason jars:
Mason Jar Mugs
I came across this cute mason jar in Singapore that has a handle on its side, turning it into some a kind of beer mug. Given its large capacity to hold liquids, mason jar mugs means that I can make larger servings of delightful, homemade smoothies. Some mason jar mugs come with a cap that has a strawhole in the middle, making them spill-resistant.
Here is a quick recipe for a smoothie:
- 2 large carrots, chopped
- 2 cups packed adult spinach
- 6 ounces blueberries
- 1/2 pineapple, chopped
- 2 bananas, chopped
- 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 6 tablespoons flax seed
- 6 cups OJ (for blending)
Blend them all up and freeze them in individual mason jars and they’ll make a quick and nutritious breakfast!
Homemade Mason Jar Salads
A healthy salad has to be prepared fresh, and nobody ever wants to have a tin can salad. It can also be a hassle to chop and shred your veggies for every single meal. You can prepare a week’s worth of salad all at once to save effort, and separate them into individual mason jars so that they will not be cross contaminated when you are taking out a serving. The airtight mason jars will keep your vegetables fresh, and you can even pack them along in your bag to work or school!
Canning in mason jars has to be done carefully and properly according to this mason jar canning guide to prevent spoilage..
Mason jars have become a popular decorative item in recent years, especially in weddings with a rustic, back-to-basics theme. They can be used as flower jars or candle holders. Some couples even serve drinks in them to guests.
Putting cheap Christmas fairy lights into a mason jar turns it into an attractive light feature that adds to the magical Christmas spirit!
While its canning properties may have taken a backseat, the multipurpose mason jar definitely deserves a home in every kitchen.