Mason jars are another one of those things that we take for granted. They are easy to get and always seem to be available. Yet they have so many uses I can’t think of them all. So I have made a list of the ones that immediately pop into my mind. After you start thinking about it I am sure you will add many ideas to this list
- Canning is the most obvious one. It is the reason that they were developed in the first place. Have lots of jars on hand and don’t forget the lids and screw rings. Store lots of extras, they will always be good for trade.
- Vacuum sealing food products in mason jars using a Food Saver or similar product. FoodSaver Jar Sealer, See my Wife’s FoodSaver Demo
- Small planter for raising herbs, just be sure to water the herbs delicately since these jars don’t come with a draining system.
- Churning butter. My daughter Jen makes butter in mason jars. She has her kids shake the jars or roll them around the floor. Making butter
- They make good improvised drinking glasses.
- You can use them to make homemade vanilla extract. Making Vanilla Extract
- Pickling, you can use them to make sauerkraut or to pickle vegetables.
- Candles, the pint and half pint ones can be used to make candles.
- Oil lamps, fill the jar partly full of old or rancid oil and float a wick in it. Natural materials like 100% cotton make the best wicks.
- Waterproof storage for matches
- Misc storage for small medical items like q-tips and cotton balls.
Growing sprouts, use with sprouting lids
- Storing garden seeds
- Storing foods that need to be kept dry, like grains, legumes and spices.
- Mixers, you can use them to mix various ingredients by vigorously shaking the jars with the lids on.
- Mason jars make great pots for cooking in solar ovens. Learn More about Solar Cooking
- Improvised burglar alarm. A simple pint mason jar slide on to a door knob can serve as an improvised alarm
- Yarn or string containers.
- Sun teas. They can be used to make herb sun teas by letting them sit in the sun to warm the tea.
- Meals in a jar. Pack your dehydrated foods and seasoning in a jars so all you have to do is add water.
These are just a few of the potential uses of mason jars. They are probably 100s more. Hopefully this will get you started on thinking about ways to use them