Use Mason Jars for Storing Sugar, Flour and Other Pantry Food
Consider mason jars for everyday food storage and for storing food items such as sugar, four, rice, baking powders and other dry food or pantry goods. Storing food in mason jars is one of the best food storage tips I have ever put into practice. I would not go back to using any plastics for food storage containment. I prefer glass food storage containers to plastic ones and this also suits my desire to use glass over plastics for food safety reasons.
For even better food storage, use masons jars for pantry staples along with a FoodSaver vacuum sealer to get an airtight seal on your mason jars. These are two must-have everyday food storage products that get used daily if not weekly in my kitchen.
Mason Jars – So Many Uses and Where You Can Find Them
Mason jars are excellent glass storage containers and the wonderful thing about mason jars is that they can be used and re-used in so many different ways. You can use mason jars as drinking glasses, vases, candle holders, utensil holders and for coin or nail storage. The list of mason jar uses is virtually endless. However, I particularly like to use mason jars to store dry foods in my pantry. I even have some larger and tall mason jars that I use for cereals and for pastas particularly once any packages have been opened.
Mason jars come in assorted sizes and widths (wide mouth and regular). They are readily available for sale at many retailers such as Target, Amazon and Walmart. I recommend Ball mason jars. You can also find mason jars locally at hardware stores and at thrift stores, very inexpensively, for as little as 25 cents each.
Keeps Food Fresh and Prevents Weevils and Other Pantry Pest Infestations
For items like sugar which require secure and continuous closure to stay soft and free of ants, for example, you cannot beat a mason jar for protecting and preserving a food like this. Mason jars are also great for sticky foods that also need to be well-sealed and kept closed properly such as raisins and currents. To prevent other pantry pests such as flour beetles and grain weevils, an airtight seal is a must for your dry foods such as flour, sugar and rice. This is the predominant reason I choose to use mason jars for food storage and why I use a FoodSaver to get an airtight seal, as needed, for my mason jars.
Glass Food Storage vs. Plastic Food Storage - Think Food Safety, Esthetics, Longevity and Recycling
Mason Jars are easy to wash by hand or in the dishwasher. They can also safely be sterilized in the high heat of the dishwasher unlike some plastic food storage containers that are not dishwasher safe or that can only be washed on the top rack of the dishwasher.
Esthetically, too, mason jars look so much nicer on the counter or in the pantry as compared to any plastic storage containers.
Mason jars in addition offer a more consistent airtight seal than do plastic containers. Over time plastic lids can warp from dishwasher cleaning and high-temperature heat. I also believe it is easier to find what I need in the pantry as I can better find what is in a clear glass container. Plastic containers may not be as translucent.
Other benefits to using mason jars over plastics for food storage include the fact that glass is non-toxic and non-porous. Plastics are both toxic and porous. Eco-friendly glass can also be recycled more times than plastic.
We have all heard about the dangers of toxins being released in food when food is heated in a plastic container. Mason jars can be used in the microwave for safely heating foods like broths or soups. No longer worry about any toxins leaching into food when using these glass jars.
Cost and Usability
While glass containers might initially be more expensive than purchasing plastic food storage containers, plastics have a much shorter lifecycle than glass does. Glass is longer lasting.
Anyone can use and easily buy, use and re-use mason jars for storing food. Try using mason jars in your pantry for storing food. It is a terrific everyday food storage method.
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