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:
Need a quick and easy pour spout for a jar?
How about a pop-top lid, for drinking or shaking salad dressings?
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.
The ONLY reason to buy "parmesan" cheese in a green can - the lid makes the perfect shaker top for a regular mouth canning jar.
Need to blend something right in the jar? A regular mouth canning jar screws into most blender bases.
What do you think? What creative uses do you have for canning jars?
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