I have been trying to decrease the waste our household produces and how much plastic we use for a while now. One of the biggest sources of both waste and plastic comes from our kitchen. The price of converting to glass storage containers in one fell swoop is a little prohibitive, so I started storing my dry goods in mason jars and storing them on the open shelving in our kitchen.
Mason jars are perfect for dry food storage because they are economical, and they keep your food fresh for longer since they are airtight. I prefer the quart sized Ball canning jars and then I replace the lid with these plastic ones. I know, I know. They are plastic. But they don’t generally come in direct contact with the food, they will last much longer than regular plastic containers, and they use less plastic than an entire container.
I use quart-sized jars on my shelves and I store everything from dry beans, to flour, to coffee in them. I love that they are easily accessible, yet the mason jars make them look like a focal piece and not clutter. I get a lot of comments on these shelves when people see them!
I use small, half pint jars for things like tea, but I don’t display these because I find them awkward to stack.
Now, this isn’t a mason jar, but I also love these glass jars with lift-off lids for storing things like flour, or even putting some pieces of fruit into. The lids don’t really secure on to the jar though, so unless you can store this somewhere it won’t be jostled or disturbed, you might want to stick to mason jars.
Mason jars can also be used for food storage in the fridge. I wouldn’t recommend using the metal rings and tops with fresh food because they have a tendency to rust, but we use mason jars with the plastic lids for almost all of our leftovers. The compact size of the jars is nice in the fridge. I think wide mouth jars work best for leftovers because its easier to get messy foods in and out, and is virtually leak-free. They also make plastic lids to fit the wide mouth jars.
Do you use mason jars for food storage? If not I hope this has given you some ideas on how versatile, and waste-free they can be in your kitchen. I even use one to keep my dish wand upright!