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Pack Your Lunch in Mason Jars

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by Samantha Lau (subscribe)
Hi there! I'm Sammie, a Malaysian who's a lover of unicorns, bargains and adventures.
Published October 23rd 2012
Jar of Food
Every time I go to class or work, I'm hesitant to bring my own food. One, I'm always running out of plastic containers. Two, plastic containers or brown bags look so drab and unappealing. I mean, if you're going on a romantic picnic, you don't want to reach into the picnic basket and pull out a non-appetising, mashed-up looking meal from your plastic container now, would you? Luckily, there's a quirky alternative to packing away food: mason jars.

Forget jam, these jars can store just about anything and keep them in perfectly preserved shape until you need them. They also come in a variety of sizes, so it's easy enough to find one that suits your need. They're also really easy to transport around plus the glass that they're made of is really durable, so you don't have to worry about accidentally breaking them (unless of course you smash it against a rock or something). Mason jars are also microwave-friendly and they actually heat up food more evenly than plastic containers. You don't have to worry about plastic melting and sticking to your food or anything like that either.

Did I also mention how adorable these look?

Perfect for a romantic picnic

I love packing my salads into mason jars. It's important to try and pack the heavier vegetables at the bottom (in my case, the egg salad) and the lighter ones at the top, so you don't accidentally smash them. Always try to leave the top layer for the leafy vegetables so they don't get too moist and wilt.

You know what else you can pack in mason jars? Dessert!

Strawberry cake in a jar

You can either opt to bake your cake in a normal pan and then transfer it into a jar (for easier transport) or, you can bake it straight in the jar! It's a bit tricky to find the right amount of cake batter to scoop in; usually it should be a little less than half. This is so that the cake won't overflow and spill out at the top.

You can do all sorts of things with mason jars: store soup, noodles, cupcakes, drinks (iced tea from a jar, anyone?) and anything else you can stuff in a jar. I absolutely love the way they look - they really add an extra bit of cute and quirky to your date.
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Why? A environmentally-friendly, convenient, easy and adorable way to pack lunch
Cost: Price of jars vary according to size, should be less than $20
Your Comment
Looks very cute, but I'm guessing you need some very long parfait spoons to get to the food at the bottom and knives and forks are out of the question.

I love the cake in a jar, great idea Sam.
by Shannon Meyerkort (score: 3|1814) 2850 days ago
These look fantastic - where do you get them, and how do you seal them? Do they just have a normal screw top?
by Julie Mundy (score: 3|1738) 2846 days ago
These jars do look good, and are very recyclable - in fact, you can often pick some up cheaply at your local Op Shop or charity store. New lids can be bought at most hardware stores, as these are the parts that most often need replacint. Sizes vary from about 1/2 a cup to the large ones which may hold 500ml. Yes, long spoons work well, and are available at supermarkets everywhere and places like Big W.
great idea - must use it for my next picnic. PS love the idea of baking in the jar.
by Nanna Sally (score: 2|298) 2844 days ago
by Stella Bella (score: 2|186) 2844 days ago
Also, if you are arty person, you can paint the glasses and make it more pretty ;-).
by Stella Bella (score: 2|186) 2844 days ago
how do you transport them so they do not break?
by bjeno (score: 0|2) 2616 days ago
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