Top Five Reasons You Need Mason Jars

5. You can use them for awesome crafts. Just check out this Pinterest board.
4. They’re glass; that means no scary plastic chemicals touching your food.
3. Easy single-serve meal prep
2. Dry storage of bulk foods
1. Canning & preserving food (naturally!)

If you don’t have any jars hanging around from Mom or Grandma, you can pick up a case at many grocery and mass merchandise stores for less than $15. Often they’re easier to find during the summer. Right now my local Target has them on an endcap right at the front of the store, but if you try to find them at Christmastime it’s a whole other shopping experience. Of course you can buy them anytime directly from the manufacturer but I like the instant gratification of picking them up in person. Besides, you’ll want to have your jars handy because we will be talking about each of the Top 5 Reasons You Need Mason Jars in more detail with recipes, how-to’s and links to useful resources online.

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9 Responses to “Top Five Reasons You Need Mason Jars”

  1. Scott says:

    I love mason jars. In a pinch they are cool throw backs to have a refreshing drink from too. They are also really good for delicious desserts.

    • thewildernessgirls says:

      Drinking from mason jars reminds me of my maternal grandmother who I called Mamaw. In the 80s when they put handles on the glass jars to make ’em “fancy” my Mamaw thought that was the best thing ever. She had gobs of them. Now whenever I see a “drinking jar” I can’t help but smile.

      –Rachael

  2. Jenny Babich says:

    Rachael: (Question from fellow WG Jenny) What size do you suggest for someone buying their first set of jars? There are so many options on the site you recommended and I am easily confused. Help! :) #Jenny

    • thewildernessgirls says:

      Good question Jenny! It really depends on what you think you want to do first. Quart size jars are great for canning things like tomato sauce (an easy project for a canning newbie), bulk food storage or larger craft projects. Pint jars are a good size for serving beverages, stashing smaller craft supplies like ribbons and buttons or preserving pickles or salsa. Half pint jars, often called jelly jars, are the smallest I have at home and I use those almost exclusively for jelly and jams. Mine have a quilted pattern on the glass that can limit the craft opportunities so my relationship with jelly jars is strictly business. :-)

      –Rachael

  3. Amber Sky says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE mason jars…in a strictly platonic way of course! “The Mason Jar” will have a starring role at our burlap and lace themed wedding next fall!!

    • thewildernessgirls says:

      That sounds like a beautiful theme. Share some of your pics and we will add them to our pinterest board. I’m looking forward to seeing what you create.

      –Rachael

  4. Jacob says:

    They’re great for the garage too. You can organize your nails, nuts & bolts with them.

    • thewildernessgirls says:

      Using them in the garage is a great idea. Of course my mind goes right to craft supplies, but nuts, bolts and other fasteners would do well in mason jars and you would always know what’s on hand because you can see the contents.

      –Rachael

  5. Laura says:

    I love Mason jars too!
    My pantry is full of them…filled with everything from pasta to rye flour to dried cranberries.

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