Although I've seen baked goods and holiday gifts given in canning jars in the past, I stumbled upon a great way to use up all that mismatched glassware that's floating around my pantry.
Put your jelly jars, thrifted glasses and pieces from sets from years gone by to good use and clean out your cabinet this holiday season!
It's almost impossible to toss out a jelly jar that could be used for something else. It's a fine line between crazy and pack rat, but they're just so versatile! The same goes for pretty cut glassware I find at thrift and vintage stores, estate sales and auctions. They can be vases or pencil holders, but once a year it would be nice to purge out the old to give the new a place to collect in the upcoming months.
Over at Homemade Simple, they've shared a recipe for apple pie in a jar and that's all well and good, but the pie itself isn't what we focused on (for a change). The vessels in which they were baking in were! Instead of a typical canning jar, they've used random pieces of glassware, just like what's hiding in the depths of our kitchen cabinets.
It's a simple way to get rid of the old, allowing new to come in without thinking... "I could have used that for something else." Try baking cakes, pies, muffins, popovers and more inside your glassware for superstar results. If they go above the lip of your glass, use a piece of cloth and some string to give them a lid, add a tag and you're done!
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