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Mason Jars Belong in a Cellar

mason jars belong in a cellar

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?mason jars pin

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.

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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.

mason jars belong in a cellar

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.



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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Angel
    October 4, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Interesting perspective. I think some mason jar food ideas are cool but not all.

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      Mira
      October 4, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      I totally agree. There are a ton of great food ideas that use Mason jars. I’m just not convinced that actually eating or drinking from then is one of them 🙂

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    Rose
    October 4, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    I do have a couple jars in my cupboard with the handles. I like them, and think they are cute. The ability to make them portable is a bonus to me. I love your view though. I did grow up with them in my cellar. How about a majority of the people (except me) may not know about cellars or canning.

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      Mira
      October 4, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      That is a very good point. A lot of people from the younger generation don’t have gardens, nor do they can any fruit or vegetables for winter. And the truth is, I don’t do much of it these days either, as it is easier to just buy it (even on a farmer’s market).

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    homeboundbuthopeful
    October 5, 2017 at 10:18 am

    I guess we’re the poor, sloppy, lazy folks you see! 🙂 My husband often eats his leftovers at lunch directly from the Mason jar we stored it in. To each their own though! (And for what it’s worth, there’s nothing cool or hip about my husband, so the Mason jars definitely aren’t a trendy choice on his part. Just convenient glass storage since we don’t store our food in plastic).

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      Mira
      October 6, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      I understand where you are coming from. As I said, mason jars, simply don’t do it for me. But I totally see the convenience of using them. And frankly, if my husband were packing his lunch, I can see him using mason jars all the time as well 🙂

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    thepeacheepear
    October 5, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    I love mason jars and use them for everything! I am a millennial tho lol 😂

    • Reply
      Mira
      October 6, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      They are convenient! No one can argue with that 🙂

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    mogulmomartisan
    October 6, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    I have to admit that my mason jars are not just used for canning. Sometimes they make super cute craft projects or food projects like when my daughter makes parfaits and likes to see the layers.

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    Chy
    October 8, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Great post! I have to be perfectly honest and share that I use mason jars for my art studio (great for painting, wonderful for storing small items) and in my garden too (sweet little “pots” and for seed storage). I’m new at gardening and hope to learn how to can next year, so my jars will likely be in the pantry then. Thanks for sharing! Chy

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      Mira
      October 9, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      I love all of the ideas you have suggested. Mason Jars are great to store art supplies, make craft projects or for gardens (I love home herb gardens in mason jars). But, as long as I have glasses, mugs and plates in my cupboards, I refuse to eat or drink form them (lol).

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