Mason jars are useful for so much more than canning. They make the perfect container for just about anything.
While mason jars are popular at this time of year as harvests get brought in from the field, it isn’t only jams, jellies, pickles and preserves that go into them. For those looking to reduce their plastic footprint, mason jars are a great resource for any pantry. You can store seeds, nuts, flour, sugar, spices, or anything that will fit into your jar inside of them. Mason jars come in fairly standard sizes; half-pint, pint, quart, as well as standard and wide-mouth jars—perfect for just about any kitchen staple.
Don’t limit yourself there though. Type in mason jar crafts on Pinterest and you will be overwhelmed by the variety of ideas; candle holders, bathroom accessories, vases, and other storage ideas. A Google search of mason jar recipes nets you over 1.7 million hits, ranging from a salad in a jar, to mini mason jar pies, to a handy container for veggies and dip. Keep them in the kitchen to keep out critters. Use them in the office to hold pens. In the bathroom, turn mason jars into soap dispensers. The ideas are endless. You can repurpose them into as many things as your creative mind can come up with.
At Load of Rubbish, we have come across plenty of mason jars; Crown, Ball, clear, blue, yellow, and more. In an age where plastic pollution threatens to overwhelm us, it seems a shame when people toss out these sturdy reusable containers. Here is a resource that has stood the test of time and can be transformed into anything! At least we save them from the landfill, when we give them to local donation centres.
What do you use mason jars for?