Why Mason Jars are Awesome!!!

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Very Brief History:

Invented and patented in 1858 by John Landis Mason, these jars are still largely used for their original purpose: canning and preserving food. While canning and preserving fads have come in waves over the last century, mason jars are now used for more than their original use. Look up mason jars on Pinterest and you’ll find a multitude of non-food related activities to use Mason Jars on. In this post, I would like to share with you why I think Mason Jars are awesome and what I use them for.

Awesome-ness Reasons:

*Long lasting and reusable, unless broken.

*Versatile. It will hold almost everything you need it to: canned produce, homemade preserves, unused coffee grounds, brewed coffee, other drinks, can go in the fridge and freezer as well as the pantry.

*Pretty uniform when it comes to lids. No hunting around for the correct one.

*They come in a variety of sizes and colors.

What I use Mason Jars for:

*Storing leftovers, mainly soup and coffee.

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(Photo taken inside the fridge.)

*Portioning out foodstuffs to be frozen, like chicken broth or cheese.

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Photos of my messy freezer. Both of these have cheese in them.

*On the go drinks. There are new lids and straws for this.

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*Mason Jar gifts for Christmas.

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Christmas 2015 gift.

*Dry tea canisters. I received a lot of lose tea, and wanted to combine the same tea types into a single container.

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Purple anniversary Ball wide mouth edition jars.

I did find some different styles at my local Dollar Tree:

A hinged one

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And BABY mason jars!!! OMG these are so cute!

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With these two new style finds, it’s time to start thinking about this year’s Christmas gifts!

Links for more information:

Mason Jar Wikipedia

The Mason Jar, Reborn

Ball: History & Timeline

© Cori Large 7 June 2016

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32 Responses to Why Mason Jars are Awesome!!!

  1. candy says:

    I love and use mason jars for everything and I mean everything.

  2. Angela says:

    Loved that post.

  3. I absolutely LOVE mason jars! I used them in my wedding as flower holders. It was beautiful.

    Love,

    Ivelisse | CarnationDreams.com

  4. They truely are multi-purposeful. I bought mine at the Dollar Tree and used them as decor for our wedding. I have since used them for many things. They are great to travel with!

  5. I love Mason Jars. They literally have so many uses. I need to actually pick up some more.

  6. I love mason jars! I can’t bring myself to throw one out… there are so many things you can do with them.

  7. Leslie S. says:

    I’m obsessed with mason jars. I think i’ll use a lot of them for storage and decoration in my new kitchen. I already use a lot of them around my desk area for thumb tacks and things like that. I even have a jar full of dried and pressed 4 leaf clovers i’ve found. Mason jars truly are awesome!

  8. carol says:

    I love my mason jars and use them for storing homemade bone broth, nut milk, and kvass. So many good ways to use them!

  9. Emily says:

    Mason jars are AWESOME! And they look so cute 🙂

  10. Mimi Rose says:

    I LOVE mason jars!! So versatile as you say, I’ve used them for a variety of ways as well, both for storage and decorative related things

  11. Liz Mays says:

    I like those tiny mason jars for dessert cups. I do love them with the straws for summertime too.

  12. Amber Starr says:

    I use mason jars for everything! They’re great because you can easily see what’s inside for pantry use and they don’t absorb stains/smells from foods.

  13. Donnica says:

    I love mason jars. They’re so multi purpose. You can basically find them in every room in my house. I love those little ones you found – so cute!

  14. I love mason jars! I use them all the time to store overnight oats, mason jar salads and leftover smoothies!

    • caendicott says:

      I haven’t tried the overnight oats yet. I need to! I have very little time in the morning to make AND eat breakfast.

  15. Courtney says:

    I LOVE mason jars and I use them for absolutely everything from glasses to vases to storage

  16. candy says:

    I use mason jars for everything and they come in all sizes which makes it even better.

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