Tuesday Tip: 60 Ways to Use Mason Jars in Your Kitchen

I have hundreds of Mason jars in my house. I just keep buying them! It’s pretty funny to me, because I don’t really think of myself as a confident preserver. Yes, I can lots and lots of applesauce and tomatoes and salsa every single year. But that’s only a small part of how I use my jars. I want to share with you today the many uses that I’ve found for Mason jars in my kitchen.

mason jars

Breakfast:

  1. Overnight oats:
    1. No-cook overnight oats
    2. Overnight oats in the slow cooker
  2. Eggs:
    1. baked eggs
    2. quiche muffins
  3. Cinnamon rolls
  4. Smoothies (if you have an immersion blender, you can even blend in the jar!)
  5. Muesli or granola
    1. Breakfast parfait
    2. Muesli

Lunch:

  1. Salad in a jar
  2. Burrito bowls
  3. Leftovers (soups are great!)

Dinner:

  1. Chili with a cornbread topper
  2. Shepherd’s pie
  3. Pot pies

Desserts:

  1. Cupcakes
  2. Mini cheesecakes
  3. Puddings
  4. Pots de creme
  5. Parfaits
  6. Mini trifles
  7. Individual mousse
  8. Mini pies, crisps, and crumbles
  9. No-bake pies
  10. Icebox cakes
  11. Dirt pudding
  12. Ice cream sundaes

Sides and condiments:

  1. Individual seven-layer bean dip
  2. Individual servings of dip and veggies for a party
  3. Rolls (can be baked right in the jar)
  4. Muffins (can be baked right in the jar)
  5. Condiments: homemade salad dressings, ketchup, barbecue sauce, or mayonnaise, chili sauce, mustard, enchilada sauce, nut butters, etc.
  6. Mixing up marinades
  7. Serving Ranch dip with a veggie platter or fruit dip with a fruit platter
  8. Serving iced tea, smoothies, party drinks, or lemonade (just add a fancy straw!)

Canning and preserving:

  1. Applesauce
  2. Fruit pie filling
  3. Apple butter
  4. Salsa
  5. Tomatoes
  6. Peaches
  7. Pears
  8. Marinara sauce
  9. Jams, jellies, and preserves
  10. Pickles

Freezer storage:

  1. Freezer jams
  2. Pesto
  3. Leftover soups (to pack for lunches!)
  4. Home-cooked beans
  5. Home-frozen berries: strawberries or blueberries
  6. Homemade broth

Other uses:

  1. Storing flavored butters
  2. Churning butter!
  3. Making yogurt
  4. Making buttermilk
  5. Storing DIY mixes
    1. cookie mix
    2. cocoa mix
    3. soup mix
    4. muffin mix
  6. Maintaining sourdough starter
  7. Pantry ingredient storage
    1. flours
    2. grains (oats, rice, cornmeal)
    3. spice blends and bulk spices
  8. Fridge storage:
    1. leftovers (especially soups and sauces!)
    2. open canned goods (tomato sauce, beans, diced tomatoes, pumpkin puree, etc.)
    3. concentrated lemonade syrup (to mix with water and ice) and chocolate syrup (to mix with hot milk for cocoa)
  9. Storing paper muffin liners
  10. Storing homemade cleaners
  11. Mise en place (prepping ingredients ahead of time for a recipe)
  12. Containers to hold kabobs or skewers at a party
  13. One of my favorites: a flower vase!