Very Brief History:

Invented and patented in 1858 by John Landis Mason, these jars are still largely used for their original purpose: canning and preserving food. While canning and preserving fads have come in waves over the last century, mason jars are now used for more than their original use. Look up mason jars on Pinterest and you’ll find a multitude of non-food related activities to use Mason Jars on. In this post, I would like to share with you why I think Mason Jars are awesome and what I use them for.

Awesome-ness Reasons:

*Long lasting and reusable, unless broken.

*Versatile. It will hold almost everything you need it to: canned produce, homemade preserves, unused coffee grounds, brewed coffee, other drinks, can go in the fridge and freezer as well as the pantry.

*Pretty uniform when it comes to lids. No hunting around for the correct one.

*They come in a variety of sizes and colors.

What I use Mason Jars for:

*Storing leftovers, mainly soup and coffee.


(Photo taken inside the fridge.)

*Portioning out foodstuffs to be frozen, like chicken broth or cheese.



Photos of my messy freezer. Both of these have cheese in them.

*On the go drinks. There are new lids and straws for this.

Capture 2

*Mason Jar gifts for Christmas.


Christmas 2015 gift.

*Dry tea canisters. I received a lot of lose tea, and wanted to combine the same tea types into a single container.


Purple anniversary Ball wide mouth edition jars.

I did find some different styles at my local Dollar Tree:

A hinged one


And BABY mason jars!!! OMG these are so cute!


With these two new style finds, it’s time to start thinking about this year’s Christmas gifts!

Links for more information:

Mason Jar Wikipedia

The Mason Jar, Reborn

Ball: History & Timeline

© Cori Large 7 June 2016


32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. candy
    Jun 13, 2016 @ 09:42:00

    I love and use mason jars for everything and I mean everything.


  2. Angela
    Jun 13, 2016 @ 09:45:53

    Loved that post.


  3. Ivelisse Estes
    Jun 13, 2016 @ 10:13:00

    I absolutely LOVE mason jars! I used them in my wedding as flower holders. It was beautiful.


    Ivelisse | CarnationDreams.com


  4. Mayra Murillo
    Jun 13, 2016 @ 10:27:37

    They truely are multi-purposeful. I bought mine at the Dollar Tree and used them as decor for our wedding. I have since used them for many things. They are great to travel with!


  5. Dia All The Things I Do
    Jun 13, 2016 @ 12:28:36

    I love Mason Jars. They literally have so many uses. I need to actually pick up some more.


  6. Michelle Rogers
    Jun 13, 2016 @ 12:55:30

    I love mason jars! I can’t bring myself to throw one out… there are so many things you can do with them.


  7. Leslie S.
    Jun 13, 2016 @ 14:23:42

    I’m obsessed with mason jars. I think i’ll use a lot of them for storage and decoration in my new kitchen. I already use a lot of them around my desk area for thumb tacks and things like that. I even have a jar full of dried and pressed 4 leaf clovers i’ve found. Mason jars truly are awesome!


    • caendicott
      Jun 14, 2016 @ 15:58:15

      I use them mainly in my kitchen, but I forgot to add pictures of how I use them in my craft room!


  8. carol
    Jun 13, 2016 @ 14:56:55

    I love my mason jars and use them for storing homemade bone broth, nut milk, and kvass. So many good ways to use them!


  9. Emily
    Jun 13, 2016 @ 17:27:24

    Mason jars are AWESOME! And they look so cute 🙂


  10. Mimi Rose
    Jun 13, 2016 @ 19:40:53

    I LOVE mason jars!! So versatile as you say, I’ve used them for a variety of ways as well, both for storage and decorative related things


  11. Liz Mays
    Jun 14, 2016 @ 07:31:12

    I like those tiny mason jars for dessert cups. I do love them with the straws for summertime too.


  12. Amber Starr
    Jun 14, 2016 @ 09:11:04

    I use mason jars for everything! They’re great because you can easily see what’s inside for pantry use and they don’t absorb stains/smells from foods.


  13. Donnica
    Jun 14, 2016 @ 16:55:37

    I love mason jars. They’re so multi purpose. You can basically find them in every room in my house. I love those little ones you found – so cute!


  14. Carly @ FitLiving Eats
    Jun 15, 2016 @ 09:45:05

    I love mason jars! I use them all the time to store overnight oats, mason jar salads and leftover smoothies!


    • caendicott
      Jun 16, 2016 @ 08:03:11

      I haven’t tried the overnight oats yet. I need to! I have very little time in the morning to make AND eat breakfast.


  15. Courtney
    Jun 15, 2016 @ 16:14:13

    I LOVE mason jars and I use them for absolutely everything from glasses to vases to storage


  16. candy
    Aug 19, 2016 @ 09:10:06

    I use mason jars for everything and they come in all sizes which makes it even better.


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