Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Using Jars for Food Storage

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Mason jars have been the darlings of Pinterest lately. They show charming photos of them being used for drinking vessels, vases and housing salads that don’t get soggy, when the ingredients are layered in the correct order. ( We’ll talk about that another time!)

Yes, we too are guilty of the mason jar obsession. While we aren’t using them for rustic chic decor, we have fallen for the practical aspects they were originally created for.

We try to avoid plastic containers wherever possible, due to the harmful chemicals in plastics that leach into our food, especially liquids. Glass mason jars are the perfect vehicle for storing soups and sauces safely. Today’s kitchen tip centers around using them for freezing.

To freeze liquids in a mason jar:

  • Run the jars and lids through the dishwasher and drying cycle to sterilize them.
  • Place the ingredients into the jar leaving at least an 1″ or so at the top to accommodate expansion as the liquid freezes.  Place the lids on the jars loosely, and allow the soup or sauce to fully cool. Once cooled, tighten the lids and place them in the freezer.

Glass jars can also be safely microwaved, for those times when you don’t have access to a stove. Make sure to remove the metal lids before doing so.

photo: glasshouse images

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