My Love Affair with the Mason Jar

Jan 17 2012
My Love Affair with the Mason Jar

My obsession with mason jars started several years ago. I buy them when I see them and I use them for everything. Here are 5 clever ways to use your mason jars!


 

Cheesecake in a jar. Need I say more. 
 
Just follow any No Bake Cheesecake recipe and pour into jars instead of a pie tin. 
 
Picture courtesy of I am Baker.

 
Rainbow cake in a jar. Perfect for ANY party.

Picture and recipe found here: 
http://blogs.babble.com/family-kitchen/2011/04/08/rainbow-cake-in-a-jar



Salad in a Jar. LOVE IT! Such an easy work week lunch. Pour your dressing in the bottom and layer away. When you're ready to eat, shake away! Don't forget to bring a fork!
 
Recipe Adapted by Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body
 
Salad:
Makes 2 salads in 32 oz jars
 
1 cup cubed chicken
2 big handfuls mixed greens
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1/4 red onion, diced
1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
4 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette
 
Balsamic Vinaigrette
Recipe from Creative Kitchen Adventures
 
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1-2 tbsp water (more or less depending on the consistency you want)
2 tbsp honey (can be replaced with agave or brown sugar)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
 
Place all ingredients into a small lidded jar.  Or blend all ingredients in a blender for 30 seconds.  Anything with a lid works well. Shake to mix thoroughly. Stores in fridge for 1-2 weeks.
 
Layer the ingredients in the jar as follows:
Balsamic Vinaigrette
onion
peppers
mushrooms
tomatoes
chicken
salad greens
 
The most important part of the layering is making sure the dressing and the salad greens(don’t touch. As long as they stay separate, these salads can be made up to 4 days in advance and will stay fresh in the fridge with a lid on. Easy to double this recipe and make lunch for all week.



The Mason Jar Soap Dispenser
 
Repurpose the classic Mason jar as a soap or lotion dispenser in your bathroom.
 
1. First, measure and mark the center of the jar's lid.
2. Using a 1/2" high-speed steel drill bit (about $10; local hardware store), drill a hole to fit the width of a soap dispenser pump. We used pumps from old lotion bottles.
3. Fill the jar with liquid soap, screw the lid back on, and insert the pump. You may need to trim the bottom of the pump to fit your jar.
 
Picture and Concept Courtesy of Countryliving.com



Blue Ball Antique Mason Jars with flowers ~ So pretty! 




The Mason Jar Cups
 
I painted chalkboard paint on the mason jar. (Which I buy at Home Depot). Fun party idea. Would be cute for a baby shower too.



Organizing with the Mason Jar
 
I use mason jars for pretty much everything. From the most used items on my desk to simple pull-out drawer organization.

 

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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thekraftroom said:
28 April, 2012 - 17:37
I love it. Great post.
JessieJane said:
30 April, 2012 - 18:37
Thank you! : )
laughingwavedesigns said:
8 March, 2012 - 08:56
cool!
Toynga said:
19 February, 2012 - 12:14
I love the Mason Jars, I use to make scented soy candles in mine, I may go back to doing so, they are getting very popular these days and for the sake of sustainability, they are perfect!
LittleBlackOlive said:
17 February, 2012 - 08:52
I love these ideas! Especially the salad one! Thanks for sharing.
konoponopdesigns said:
18 January, 2012 - 08:51
I love these jars too. I have been collecting the antique jars for the past 20 years. Another suggestion is put knives, forks, spoon in them for a buffet meal. The older jars come in a aqua color that is really nice, if you can find them. I have all my antique buttons in them. You can also fill a jar with all those old keys lying around your house......or miscellaneous pieces of hardware......and use the large jars for a door stop or a decorative piece.