Mason Jars have been around since 1858 and have served a multitude of uses that continues to this day. They were patented by John Landis Mason, and were mainly used to help Grandma preserve and can all those fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden. While Grandma was canning in the kitchen, Grandpa might have been mixing up some brew in the barn and storing it in Mason Jars too! On those hot summer nights, perhaps they were enjoying some freshly squeezed lemonade in their Mason Jars while the grandkids collected fireflies for their jars.
Mason Jars could be used for measuring, mixing, rolling out dough and stamping biscuits. You could make butter and sweet tea in the jars, as well as store assorted nails and screws, and don’t forget all those buttons.
Now one hundred and sixty-one years later, Mason Jars are BACK! They are a practical and visually appealing way to serve everything from salad to cheesecake. You will be eating with your eyes before you ever take that first bite!
Grab and Go!
If you like salads, then you really need to check out The Girl on the Blor site. She has 5 mix and match mason jar salad recipes for easy lunches. You can make enough salads to cover lunch for a week in one prep session. Then, for the rest of the week, you will be able to grab and go for an inexpensive and healthy lunch! I know you will want to visit her site. Click here.
Cake for Breakfast?
I don’t know about you, but breakfast is a problem meal for me. I know it’s important to eat breakfast, but usually there’s not a lot of time to prepare something, and powdered doughnuts are NOT an option! What if I told you I found a recipe for Carrot Cake Refrigerator Oatmeal that takes only ten minutes to prep? Just put shredded carrots, crushed pineapple, maple syrup, chopped walnuts and rolled oats in a jar and put it in the fridge overnight. The next morning your “cake” will be ready for your yummy breakfast. For this recipe and more mason jar recipes, check out this site by clicking here.
Holiday Ideas for Gifts in a Jar
Mason Jar recipes make easy homemade Christmas gifts. You can put cookie ingredients or drink mixes in a jar, as well as soup and pasta fixings. How about homemade bath salts or journaling jars? There are so many possibilities! I am definitely making the Candy Cane Bath Salts in a Jar and the Child’s Journal in a Jar. I bet you can find a gift jar idea that you will want to make too. Click here to get to this great site.
Happy National Mason Jar Day!