I’ve become a fan of Mason jars lately. I’d been noticing various items on Pinterest about Mason jars for about a year now but never got around to actually buying the pint-sized jars. Two weeks ago I noticed a box of 12 American made pint-sized jars at the local Dollar store for $7.99. That was my chance!
I smiled all the way home in anticipation of the orderly refrigerator I would have…clear jars filled with colorful salads, fruit and whatever else I would come up with. All ready to grab and eat. (My joy in all of this reminds me of a cartoon from a while ago…the woman is standing looking out of her front window when her teenaged son walks by…”My new washer and dryer are coming today! I have been this excited in a long time!” The son walks back to his father and says, “Dude, you have to try harder!”
Washed and dried the clear jars and was getting the ingredients out for the salads. If you are doing the salad in a jar, just remember that the heaviest items must be on the bottom and the fragile lettuce on the very top(otherwise you will have wilted salads).
If you want your dressing in the jar(I prefer putting mine on my salad when I am eating it), pour 1-2 Tablespoons of the dressing on the very bottom. Then you will be layering the rest of your ingredients:
Heavy items that like to be in the dressing(protein..beans/fish/meat)
Chopped veggies(peppers, onion, tomatoes, cucumber, cooked veggies, etc.)
Close your jar and you are set to go. Depending on what protein you have on the bottom, it will last in the fridge for several days.
When you are ready to eat, just dump your salad into a large bowl/plate, add the dressing if it’s not in the jar, croutons, cheese, bacon bits…whatever you desire…and ENJOY!
I also cut up my melons and put the chunks into the jars…what a pleasure to be able to grab a jar and a fork and eat something healthy. This is great for everyone…people who live alone of all ages, people who are on diets and want to have something healthy to grab when they are hungry, families with varying schedules, etc. My daughter says it’s so nice to just be able to grab a jar when she comes home and is famished after work.
I find it’s also great for leftovers…the jar could be taken into work and dumped into a bowl to be heated up. I’ve seen recipes for breakfasts(basically an oatmeal) and also “instant” soup which is made up of cooked leftovers(chicken, rice/noodles, and veggies along with an instant broth). When you are ready to eat, you pour hot water on top of it and let it stand for a few minutes to warm up.
What I love about this concept is how it keeps the refrigerator tidy…lines of jars. If you need larger jars(family size), use the quart sized. Great for two people or a picnic.
I will say that my hubby isn’t as enthused as I am presently…but I promised him I would try more “interesting” stuff soon…like trifle in a jar, cheesecake in a jar, yoghurt parfaits…oh my, the ideas are limitless!
Please let me know if you have tried this and what is your favorite meal/dessert in a jar.
til next time….Eva