10 Benefits of Mason Jar Meals

Discover 10 reasons why you should start using mason jars in your kitchen to prepare all of your meals.

| April 2018

  • Mason jars are an iconic staple in the American kitchen, and they have been making a come back in recent years.
    Photo by Kelley Klein
  • “Mason Jar Lunches” by Jessica Harlan uses the iconic mason jar to help make your meal prepping for the week easier.
    Photo by Kelley Klein

Mason Jar Lunches (Ulysses Press, 2017) by Jessica Harlan reinvents meal prepping; she shows her readers how to use mason jars to pack healthy on-the-go meals in perfect portions. Harlan takes all of your favorite recipes and customizes them to fit into a fast-paced lifestyle with mason jars. In the following excerpt, she explains the many benefits of meal prepping with mason jars.

There are plenty of reasons why mason jars make the perfect lunch container—here are the top ten:

1. They’re inexpensive. A set of two pint-sized (16-ounce) mason jars can be purchased for under 10 dollars.

2. They’re readily available. You can find canning jars at supermarkets, kitchenware stores, discount stores, or online. You can even find vintage jars at flea markets and antique stores.



3. They’re easy to clean. Glass does not stain or retain flavors or odors, and it’s dishwasher safe!

4. They’re safe. People who are worried about storing food in plastic can rest easy with mason jars. Glass is an inert substance, so it will not leach chemicals into food, even when heated.

Howard
5/21/2018 2:23:25 PM

Continuing #7. They’re portable. A pint-sized jar, which is the right size for most of the recipes in this book, is only about 5 inches tall and 3-1/2 inches wide. It’s easy enough to pack into a purse or a backpack. If you’re worried about it breaking, wrap it in a tea towel, which can double as a place mat at your desk. Wrap the in a wet tea towel because evaporative cooling will make them cold.


emmer
5/21/2018 1:17:52 PM

a set of 12 pint jars at the grocery store should be under $10!


TheWidowFlanagan
5/21/2018 1:17:18 PM

All the brouhaha over Mason Jars is driving the prices up. In Alaska, that's a big thing!











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