Things I Love: Canning Jars

A toast to canning jars!

I have the canning bug. I had to buy a new shelf to hold all my jars. Most of them are empty, waiting for the start of summer produce season so I can start pickling.

With all those jars lying around, I found out that canning jars are for more than canning. They’re multitaskers, useful to have in the kitchen. Just in case.
*I’m sure McGyver had flats of canning jars in his pantry. He probably used them to make a solar microwave, but still.

I use them as all purpose storage containers, from spices to spare change. But my favorite alternate use is coming Thursday – canning jar margaritas. Until then, here are some creative ways to use canning jars.

My top five favorite non-canning uses for canning jars:

  1. Salt Carton Pour Spout Retrofit

Need a quick and easy pour spout for a jar?

  1. ReCap

How about a pop-top lid, for drinking or shaking salad dressings?

  1. Redneck Wine Glasses

These were the inspiration for this post. My brother-in-law, who lives down on the edge of Amish country, had a set of the last time we went to visit. I immediately asked him to get me a set.
*I found out later you can make them yourself.

  1. Parmesan Lids Fit On Canning Jars

The ONLY reason to buy “parmesan” cheese in a green can – the lid makes the perfect shaker top for a regular mouth canning jar.

  1. Blender Jar

Need to blend something right in the jar? A regular mouth canning jar screws into most blender bases.

And, if you don’t feel like canning, jars are perfect for storing refrigerator pickles, especially if you buy a set of reuseable storage caps.

What do you think? What creative uses do you have for canning jars?

Ball Regular Mouth Pint Jars


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5 Comments

  1. Andrea /

    Caps from mayonnaise jars also fit the regular mouth jars

  2. Lia Hollander /

    My Oxygen magazine is promising a “meal in a jar” special next month, so I’d guess I’d better go stock up on jars at Goodwill before everyone else does!

    My Mom also freezes homemade soup in jars.

  3. Beth Anne /

    I have all my in-laws saving their parmesan lids for me. I already use this idea for baking soda (for baking AND cleaning purposes. I keep one in the kitchen, one in the laundry and one in each bathroom), extra black peppercorns, and my homemade taco seasoning. Seems the uses for this are never ending.

  4. Beth Anne /

    I have all my in-laws saving their parmesan lids for me. I already use this idea for baking soda (for baking AND cleaning purposes. I keep one in the kitchen, one in the laundry and one in each bathroom), extra black peppercorns, and my homemade taco seasoning. Seems the uses for this are never ending.

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