My refrigerator is filled with jars—mostly Ball Mason jars. I like to see what’s in the fridge to avoid pushing unrecognizable leftovers to the back, which inevitably get forgotten. Unidentifiable food resembling a science experiment gone bad...very bad.
I remember the vintage glass refrigerator dishes from childhood. Some were so elegant with etchings of fruit or flowers. Always had a fondness for glass dishes.
I recently did a freezer clean-out and unearthed a few bags of frozen blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. I'd already made a pie, however, wanted to make something to tide us over in the winter.
I had bookmarked a recipe some time ago for Berry Jam from Ball Canning and it was a perfect way to use up this assortment of berries into a shelf stable jam.
This jam is delicious when mixed with cream cheese for a dip or spread. Stir a spoonful into club soda or iced teas for a refreshing twist, or make an ice cream soda or milkshake with jam (you’re welcome). Simply eaten out of the jar a spoonful at a time is my guilty pleasure.
If canning isn’t your thing, here’s one of my favorite meals in jars.
Pack a salad in a jar for lunch or dinner. Layer dressing, raw or cooked veggies, fruit, cheese, your favorite protein, nuts, etc. Shake it up when ready to eat…right out of the jar.
Of course, there's always Pat's Granola, fresh fruit and yogurt.
I packed my fair share of breakfasts and lunches over the years and granola, fruit and yogurt was my go jar meal, especially when I had a long commute on public transportation.
And, just in case you’re thinking ahead to the holidays (yikes), here’s some terrific gift giving ideas. Packaged in jars, of course.
Ingredients for a hearty pasta bean soup.
More food in jar ideas:
Curious about the history of Ball Mason jars? Here's a snippet...Ball is one of the most recognized names in home canning. In the early 1900s, there were hundreds of brands of Mason jars, but only a few stood the test of time. Ironically, while it's one of the more iconic products of all time, few people know the history behind the ageless invention. Here's a pint-sized history of the Ball Mason Jar.
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Pat Bennett is the founder and President of Pat's Granola, a Cleveland based food and lifestyle company.
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