I don’t know what is going on, but recently, I see Mason jars everywhere.
They serve drinks in Mason jars in the restaurants. People bring their salads in Mason jars to work, and eat from them. And there are plenty of videos all over the Internet, showing how to make smoothies in Mason jars. That’s all great, but what happened to actual glasses and plates.
Mason jars belong in a cellar filled with jams, pickled vegetables, and preserved fruits. I can even accept keeping your leftovers in your fridge in Mason jars, or batches of soup in your freezer. But eating or drinking from Mason jars? That’s not appealing to me at all. In fact, it reminds me of going back to post war Europe. And even then, my grandparents served their food on ceramic plates and drunk from clay or metal mugs. I feel like they were more civilized back then, then we are now.
Mason Jars Don’t Belong on Restaurant Tables
When I make an effort to go out to a restaurant, I want my drink to be served in an elegant glass and not in a Mason jar with the handle. Believe it or not, unless you’re drinking through a straw, Mason jars are not all that comfortable to drink from. And frankly, if I don’t drink from Mason jars at home, why would I want to drink from one in a restaurant?
Eating from a Mason Jar is Not Appetizing at All
I love the ‘salad in the jar’ idea. I have to admit, I have made several salads in a jar and have taken them to work with me. But, I never eat from the jar. The idea of the jar is to put the wet ingredients on the bottom, and pile up your vegetables starting with the smallest ones, and finishing up with lettuce on top. The whole point is to take the jar, flip it over on the plate, and in the end have your lettuce on the bottom, and all the smaller vegetables and dressing on top. Yes, it requires washing an extra plate. But if you are not willing to do that, then maybe you should bring your salad already made and mixed in a Tupperware. Eating your salad from a Mason jar simply does not make sense to me, nor is it very appealing to watch someone else eat from a jar.
Drinking Smoothies from a Mason Jar is Just Plain Gross
And finally, the Mason jar smoothies. Yes, it is more convenient to bring your smoothie to work in an airtight jar. But to tell you the truth, drinking a smoothie that you made a couple of hours ago, even after shaking it well, is not the same as drinking it fresh. So why not have your smoothie first thing in the morning right after you make it, in a nice, tall glass, before leaving the house. Don’t bring it to work and drink it at lunch from a Mason jar. If you really want a smoothie for lunch, get yourself a Magic Bullet and bring your fruit in a Ziploc bag or a Tupperware container to make it fresh at work. Even Magic Bullet has the circles to screw on top of the cup to make drinking easier and to make the cup look more elegant. Drinking your three hour old smoothies from a Mason jar is simply gross, no matter what the “trendy kids” say.
Mason Jars Belong in a Cellar
On the other hand, I use my Mason jars a lot for jams and preserves, to pickle some of my vegetables, and to freeze single servings of soup that will last me for several weeks. On occasion, I also put my left overs in mason jars. They are perfect for all of those things.
When I see people eating or drinking from them, the first thing that comes to my mind, is that they are either very poor or very sloppy and lazy. But the reality is, most of the people that eat and drink from Mason jars are neither of those things. They either go for convenience or they are trying to be cool and trendy.
I guess, I prefer classy over cool. So you wan’t to be seeing me eating or drinking from Mason jar anytime soon.