People in the U.S. alone toss out the paper and plastic equivalent in cups and utensils to go around the equator 300 times per year.
Meals on the go and picnicking can create a lot of packaging and food waste.
Canning jars can reduce this waste and are perfect for storing, transporting and serving foods. These reusable glass jars come in a variety of sizes and last for years. Commonly referred to as Mason jars as these were the pioneering product, many other named brands are available.
Though glass, they are durable and do not break easily. If properly transferred they are great for packing around meals. Carefully wrapped in towels, napkins, placemats or other soft material, jars can be protected and carried in a basket or other container. You can also stuff napkins or utensils wrapped in towels between the jars for added protection.
Restaurant take out drink holders meant to carry multiple beverages can be used a few more times before recycling. They are ideal for toting around glass jars, just be sure to adequately support the sides and bottom of the carrier.
The majority of glass jar recipes can be made ahead, stored and used throughout the week for breakfasts, lunches dinner and snacks. There are tons of Mason jar recipes floating around. Simple fresh fruits, vegetables and pastas presented in jars are visually appealing as well as healthy.
Natural popcorn, granola, cookies or other favorite snacks are neat to eat from jars too.
Ideal for warm dishes as they are portion ready and can be kept warm or the lids can be removed and it can be heated in the container.
They are even handy for storing and serving cold foods like ice cream.
Breads and cakes can be baked right in. Lidded jars can also hold beverages, soups and sauces that won’t spill in the car.
Need to keep everything cold?
Fill some jars with ice cubes and seal. They will keep foods chilled and you can drink the water once the ice melts.
Place a few fruit slices inside and flavored water will be ready in time for the feast. Additionally, glass jars are great for parties instead of purchasing disposable cups, toss out juice boxes or individual beverage packages.
A great tip is to store foods that weigh more near the bottom with lighter substances on top so the layers won’t easily mesh. Another great suggestion is to keep utensils and straws nearby by affixing them with ribbon or rubber bands for convenient grabbing.
Don’t want to make a special glass jar purchase? Just save up glass containers from store bought items. In addition to foods, jars can also hold endless things in the home and office.
Around since skilled tinsmith John Mason developed and received a patent in 1858 for the first sealable, lidded glass jar, Mason jars and their canning counterparts are resourcefully designed.
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