As a homemaker who enjoys preserving food, have you ever caught yourself wondering about ways to use mason jars in the kitchen? Something that doesn’t involve canning? If you’re a true country girl at heart, you probably already have a few “jar” tricks up your sleeve! And here are 18 more ideas that will spark the creative juices for you.
How to Use Mason Jars in the Kitchen
Mason jars are useful for much, much more than just preserving food! Putting them to use in the kitchen is a wonderful way to give them another purpose in your home, all the while giving your space a country kitchen vibe. Here’s what to put in glass kitchen jars in your kitchen.
Use 1: Store Your Beans, Grains, Rice and Oatmeal in Jars
Large glass jars make excellent storage containers for the above items. While most of us like to keep our bags of bulk food tucked away in an inconspicuous place, we do still like having a decent supply of dry goods within reach.
Regardless of whether you display your jars of dry goods in the kitchen or keep them tucked away in a cupboard, glass jars make excellent, mouse-and-bug proof storage containers.
Use 2: Small Jars for Your Herbs and Spices
If you want to keep herbs and spices near the kitchen stove but still want to preserve their freshness, store them in pint/500ml jars. Don’t have any? (Get some here).
Adding a new canning lid and metal band will inhibit airflow and help retain flavors for longer.
Use 3: Keep Your Baking Supplies in Small Jars
Baking powder, baking soda, corn starch, cinnamon and such will keep well in smaller mason jars (you can get half pints/250ml here). Once again, a tight fitting lid is always a bonus!
I like to keep all my baking supplies in a basket on my open kitchen shelving. Whenever baking day rolls around, the entire basket can be pull down and things are easy to access.
Use 4: Store Your Dried Nuts & Fruit in a Mason Jar
Mason jars make excellent storage containers for dried fruit, nuts and seeds. Whether you keep these items on the pantry shelf or pop them into the freezer to keep things fresh for longer, lidded mason jars are an excellent choice.
Use 5: Jars for Freshly-Milled Flour Storage
Because fresh-milled flour turns rancid rather quickly, I like to keep the extras in my freezer. Nothing holds flour better than a large jar and nothing keeps flour fresh like a freezer!
Use 6: Wide Mouth Jars as a Butter Dish
Want to feel more “countrified?” Keep your butter in a small, wide mouth jar (this one holds 1 C). Top the jar with wide mouth glass lid (you can find one on Etsy) and the two paired together give a result that is quite charming!
Use 7: Store Your Homemade Lard in a Jar
Have you ever rendered lard in your own kitchen before? If not, I teach you how here. Lard looks pretty in a mason jar and you can leave it right beside your stove, where it’s easy to grab when frying eggs or cooking meat in your cast iron skillet.
Use 8: Jars for Holding Honey or Sugar
Mason jars make excellent holders for both honey and sugar. Keep your “stockpile” in a larger jar and place smaller, wide mouth jars of each to the dining room table as part of your centerpiece.
FYI? They also look amazing topped with a glass, wide mouth lid!
Use 9: Hold Your Tea and Coffee in Jars
Jars make pretty little holders for both tea and coffee. It doesn’t matter if you use whole coffee beans or ground coffee, if you use loose-leaf tea or prefer tea bags.
Storing any of the above in jars gives your kitchen a cozy, home-like atmosphere. And once again, jars with good lids will keep things fresh for longer.
Use 10: Jars as Drinking Glasses
Because canning jars are tough, they make excellent drinking glasses that neither chip nor break easily. At our table, we use pints (500 ml) for adults and half pints (250 ml) for children.
Mason jars come with some beautiful designs and patterns that are quite pretty. Keep your eyes open and see what you can find.
Use 11: Large Jars as Water Pitchers
If you have half-gallon (2 litre) jars on hand, they make excellent water pitchers for the family table! Not only do they hold a substantial amount of water, but they’re also tough.
Use 12: Jars for Fermenting Vegetables
While you can purchase containers for fermenting vegetables, mason jars combined with a canning lid and band make excellent fermenting containers. All you have to do is break the seal every day to release the CO² and your veggies will ferment to perfection in no time.
When they’re finished, you can pop the jars into your refrigerator or cold storage, easy-peasy!
Use 13: Make Homemade Yogurt (or Kefir) in Mason Jars
I always make yogurt in my mason jars! Once again, all you have to do is add the ingredients to your jar, cover with a lid and leave things to work in a warm place.
When the fermenting process has completed, pop your jars in the fridge and just like that, you’re finished. Want to learn how to make yogurt at home? It’s easy! You can check out my tutorial by clicking right here.
Use 14: Make Your Own Fruit Vinegar in a Jar
Mason jars are excellent for making apple cider vinegar, raspberry vinegar and all the other unique options you can create from home-grown fruit.
Yes, I’m a vinegar lover (can you tell?) and have written quite a bit about this traditional skill!
You can learn how to make your own vinegar by clicking on this link here.
Use 15: Jars for Sourdough Starter
Not everyone finds it easy to start their own sourdough from scratch. Hint: if you’re struggling to get a starter up and going, use rye flour. Make your starter in a wide mouth, quart (1 litre) jar. It’ll look pretty on the counter and make the process just that much more rewarding.
Use 16: Keep Herbs Fresh in a Jar of Water
Want to keep a bundle of herbs fresh? Fill a pint/500 ml jar with water and put the herbs in it, like you would a bouquet of flowers. Refrigerate until you’re ready to use.
Use 17: Jars as Refrigerator Containers
Instead of putting your leftover soup and bone broth in a Tupperware container, pour it into a large mason jar, cap with a lid and refrigerate until you’re ready to use.
Use 18: A Flower Vase Mason Jar
Have you ever found yourself short a vase? Mason jars (especially the old, thick ones) make excellent flower vases. With their wide base, they’re unlike to tip over and the two paired together (flowers and mason jar) will add real country charm to your kitchen!
These are 18 different ways you can use mason jars in the kitchen! Every country woman has “mason jar” tricks up her sleeve and I’ve about exhausted my resources in this post. But I’d love to hear what your mason jar tips are! You’re more than welcome to share them in the comments below.