Mason jars (also known as fruit jars or glass canning jars) are glass jars with metal lids that you probably remember seeing in your grandmother’s cabinet. Mason jars come in many shapes and sizes and although they are traditionally used for canning, these jars fulfill hundreds of different uses in your home. Here are some examples of how you can use Mason jars in your home.
Store flour or sugar in a big Mason jar – they’re air tight so Mason jars are the perfect storage container for dry goods.
Use Mason jars as pots for plants. Plant small house plants in these canning jars, or better yet plant some herb seeds in the jars and make an herb garden in your kitchen. They’re more interesting than the usual terracotta pot.
Use empty jars as juice glasses.
Glass jars make a great pencil holder for your desk.
Store rice, lentils or dried beans in Mason jars. Then keep the jars on your counter – they will be both decorative and functional!
Mason jars are a great container for glue since they are air tight.
Start plant cuttings in jars filled with water.
Move away from plastic and use Mason jars to replace your Tupperware containers. They’re a great container for your lunch, and if you remove the metal lid are entirely microwaveable as well. Mason jars are especially helpful for bringing soup to lunch – they create an airtight seal so you won’t have any leaks!
Store buttons in a Mason jar. Or rocks, or seeds, or any other small collection you might have.
After you fill the jars with any of the above items, use them as bookends.
Oh yeah, and you can use Mason jars to preserve fruits and vegetables, too.
Mason jars come in many different sizes, from small to large, and you can find one to fit any of your needs. Mason jars are inexpensive and made of reusable glass – so they’re a great investment!