Making Do…Mason Jars

by Kelsey Norwood

in Making Do,Making Nice

pantry organization system tips

I am really loving mason jars for EVERYTHING. I love eating my canned goodness, washing my jars, and filling them with ribbon, thread, buttons, paperclips, fabric scraps, cranberries, trail mix, you name it.

My newest favorite is 2 quart mason jars. Did you know about these? I had no idea until I found them on the Ball website and then I found them at a local grocery store. One quart jars don’t hold enough of things like pasta, nuts, etc., but the two quart are perfect! I bought me a case and filled them with all those bulk items I buy at Winco. And I love seeing my beautiful ingredients on my cabinets too.

I’ve got some homemade trail mix, sliced almonds, cocoa, coconut, and pancake mix. The next step is to buy another case and cut some vinyl labels for them all.

Glass jars make me so happy.


1 Keri August 25, 2010 at 8:18 am

another good idea kels – i’ll have to keep my eye out for these – and with vinyl labels they’ll be so cute!

2 Kimberly R August 25, 2010 at 8:29 am

They do look wonderful – I think I will have to check into those. They would take up much less room (being hihg rather than wide) in the pantry. Thanks for the tip.

3 Sandy August 25, 2010 at 11:02 am

I have not seen that size… will have to look for them. Seeing this made me think of another project that I saw this morning while going through my blogs: I don’t know why you couldn’t use a Mason jar to make one of these. I’m going to try one!

4 Jenny August 25, 2010 at 1:11 pm

I love that you love the white lids too! My all time favorites though, and if you ever come across any feel free to send them my way, are the old blue and green ones with the cool lids. Did you know there is a jar museum out in the midwest somwhere? I would love to go.

5 Jenny August 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I just realized you can reach those jars in the kitchen without standing on the counter. The warm fuzzies I was feeling are now gone.

6 Sharon August 25, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Nope–didn’t know they made 2-quart mason jars. I’d love to get some though!

(The jars look great on your cupboard–and I see you have two of my favorite cookbooks–ATK’s Family Baking Book and Family Cookbook!)

7 Linsey August 25, 2010 at 4:23 pm

We just fixed (hopefully) a pantry moth infestation and something like this is the perfect solution to storing things that weevil can get I to! I never knew about the two quart ones, either. I’m totally checking that out!

8 Kat August 25, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Hmmmm…what kind of vinyl labels did you have in mind? I would LOVE to be able to label my jars!! Do tell, sistah! :)

9 April J August 25, 2010 at 10:01 pm

I’ve never thought of using Mason jars for anything else besides canning. I’d love to start storing other things, besides food, in them too! Thanks!

10 Harriet Winn August 26, 2010 at 7:09 am

I bought the 1/2 gallon size a couple of years ago here in Kentucky — they are wonderful when they are used as canisters on the kitchen counter with the white lid. I also use them with the canning lid with the seal to store food items I don’t use everyday and I vacuum seal them with the food-saver.

I used a permanent marker to “label” the jars.

If anyone is looking for them and is unable to find them — check with your local Ace Hardware. I was able to special order a couple of cases for a really good price ($10.49 for a case — each case and 6 jars).

I also noticed that you enjoy cookbooks from America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country — two of my favorite shows/magazines/cookbooks.

Have a great day. Thanks for all the great info.

11 Patti August 27, 2010 at 6:34 am

I LOVE these half gallon jars. I also use the food saver attachment for things I don’t use often.

I keep larger quantities in 6 gallon buckets but it is bulky dealing with these all the time. So I keep a half gallon of wheat, nuts, rice, trail mix and miscellaneous grains in these. They are handy and really look good.

I am not sure of the cost but in SC Ingles carries the half gallon size. I buy a case everytime I visit in that area.

12 Emily August 31, 2010 at 10:44 am

If you love mason jars, you have to go to wal-mart and pick up son gallon sized mason jars! They aren’t really for home canning, just decorative purposes. I bought one and use it as a cookie jar, but you could use it for a million things. (The only down side is they are about $10 each.)

13 Sue D September 6, 2010 at 6:54 pm

I have never seen the 2 qt Ball jars–thanks for the info on them. The jars I really like are the old blue ones. I use them a lot of storage.

14 Shannon February 9, 2011 at 9:26 pm

This is inspiration at it’s best. I was just pulling some of these out of my cabinet and filling them with whole wheat just to fill them, not thinking that I could use them for various things like you have. And then to label them? Even better. Thank you for the great idea!

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