Unless you are reading this blog for the very first time, you know that I am a lover of jars. The photo above is of my canning cabinets. We have an ENORMOUS island/table in the kitchen and Husband build specially sized cabinets to hold my canning supplies. Yes, he does know the way to a girl's heart. My love of Weck jars is legendary, and good old fashioned mason jars get used for everything in our house. They hold leftovers in the fridge and lipstick in the bathroom. Salon.com posted about a couple of great mason jar accessories, but they only scratched the surface, I have much, much more to show you.
First, the products mentioned by salon.com,
These little products turn any wide mouth jar into a travel cup or lunch holder. Perfect for anyone who eats and drinks away from home. If like me, you are a fan of bubble water, you know that traditional water bottles warn you against putting anything carbonated into them. Not a problem with Cuppow. I suppose the bubbles do not last as long without an airtight container, but the water is going to be gone long before that becomes a real issue. With the BNTO you can carry chips and salsa, veggie and dip, salad and dressing...in one slim container. It is brilliant.
Jars are not only great for lunch,
the measurement markings on the side, and wide mouth make them perfect for using with an immersion blender. Once you have used the immersion blender to make perfect salad dressing, it needs to be stored and used in a convenient manner.
Introducing the ReCap. A liquid tight seal with a pour spout is the solution. I have two, they are dishwasher safe, and I can not imagine an easier way to keep homemade dressing at hand.
For general storage I use lids from Ball. These are not liquid tight and will not do well in a lunch box, but are perfect for the fridge or pantry. An open jar of jam is so much easier to work with using this lid than the two part lid and ring. One of my favorite teas is packaged with an industrial strength ziplock bag, SO difficult for me to open, so I store the bags in a jar using this lid.
And homemade granola is always at the ready. I do not know if the lids are officially safe for the microwave, but I can tell you that I have reheated chili, using a lid, with perfect results.
If you need a liquid tight seal for your lunch bag, you have to wait, but not long. I recently participated in a Kickstarter for Tulid. Easy to use liquid and airtight lids are on the way. And in great colors!
Lastly, a little thing that arrived yesterday to help keep the cold things cold and the hot things hot.
A jar cozy from YNOT. It is marketed as a bicycle accessory, and I have no idea how that works, but for the non-bicycle crowd it is a treat.
The loop feels like a big mug handle, something to slip four fingers into while wrapping your entire hand around the warm jar. Add a Cuppow and you have the perfect morning travel mug.
I also own a mason jar soap dispenser, but I find it does not work as well as I would like so it sitting in a drawer. And one day
I will make one of these and hang it over the entry stairs.
I used to wonder how people raised children without zippie bags. Now I wonder how a household can run without mason jars.