A version of this post originally appeared on Houzz.
Truth be told, I may be a bit of a mason jar junkie.
I have soooo many of them floating around and in regular use in my kitchen, though not used for what most people would think. Sure, I’ve made my share of preserves and jams in mason jars — you can’t beat a mason jar for optimum canning ability.
What I also love about mason jars is that they’re super useful for things around the kitchen that don’t involve canning — storing dry goods like beans, flour, or rice, for example. Or for keeping a week’s worth of chicken stock handy in the fridge after I’ve made a giant batch in the slow cooker.
These days, mason jars are also my primary go-to when it’s time for a cocktail. Just add gin, simple syrup, lime juice, and ice to the jar, cover it and shake vigorously for 30 seconds, then top off with seltzer. VOILA! Single serve cocktail ease.
And with brilliant ideas like after market lids with spill-proof straw holes, my kids can enjoy drinks other than water in the living room without worry (mine, not theirs).
Beyond the food stuff, though, there are a host of other ways to repurpose mason jars, like one of my favorites: hanging light fixtures.
Trying to come up with some fresh, crafty and practical ways to repurpose mason jars? Hopefully my latest Houzz Ideabook gives you tons of fodder for your next home improvement project!