In Praise of the Mason Jar

And All the Ways We Use Them ...

We know that having such a fondness for an inanimate object is a little strange. But growing up with a mom who pickled every vegetable in sight and spent entire days during the summer months turning lugs of fruit into gleaming jars of strawberry, apricot, and boysenberry jam — well, we can't help ourselves. We love Mason jars. And from making your own kombucha to growing your own alfalfa sprouts, there are so many ways to love them. We're rounding up a quick list after the jump (please add your own!)

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Here are some of the ways we use Mason jars around our home:

  • Vases
  • Pencil holders
  • Filled with colorful beans/lentils for decoration
  • Drinking glasses
  • Dry good storage
  • Loose change receptacle on landing strip

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Here are a few ways we've seen other people use them:

  • To brew things (kombucha, iced tea, cold brew, etc)
  • To grow things (alfalfa sprouts, ect)
  • Lamps
  • Piggy banks
  • Gifts (filled with dry mix for cookies, cocoa, breads, etc)
  • At weddings (we just saw pictures of a wedding where the jars were used as vases and the lids were used as escort cards)

Resources for more ways to use Mason jars:
Make a Mason jar terrarium
Use a Mason jar with your blender

How do you use your Mason jars?

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