Over the weekend Nina came over and we had another canning extravaganza (Cabernet Sauvignon jelly and pear & ginger preserves, for the curious). It’s much more fun, and efficient, to can with another person, especially if you both prep your mixtures in advance. That way you can just reheat the jelly/preserves/jam on the stove while the water bath heats.
(We’re thinking these will make excellent holiday presents.)
While they were in town on Saturday, Josh’s parents were kind enough to give me this nifty journal (left) for logging all my canning adventures. Our previous goods will certainly make the cut, and I’m looking forward to filling up the journal with notes and photos of jewel-like preserves.
But the journal’s cheeky cover got me thinking: what does a thrifty person do with all those leftover jars? Back in the homesteading days, no self-respecting cook would let those jars go to waste. Thankfully, we’ve got an abundance of crafty supplies and inspiration these days to make Mason jars even more useful. Here are 5 ideas:
1. Make a mini-terrarium. You’ll want to layer in stones, a bit of sphagnum moss (both for drainage), potting soil, and tiny plants of your choice (or green moss). Spritz with water and set in moderate light (I have a few on my kitchen windowsill).
If you have any crafty ideas for reusing Mason jars, I’d love to hear.
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