Now, Mason jars are once again having a big moment. The rise in the popularity of Pinterest has spread the creative uses of Mason jars.
Learn about Mason Jars
Have you ever wondered why the jars are called Mason jars when many of them have the word "Ball" on the front? Well, me, too, so I did a bit of googling and here's your history lesson for today.
Although people had been preserving food in glass jars rather ineffectively for a long while, it was in 1858 when John Landis Mason patented his threaded zinc screw cap that created a tight seal on the jars. When his patent expired, other companies began producing their own version of canning jars with the major competitor being the Ball Corporation causing the name Ball to become synonymous with Mason jars. Other companies such as Kerr and Atlas, along with Ball, began mass producing the canning jars.
During World War II, there was an increased demand for Mason jars when the United States government urged citizens to grow their own food. After the war, tin cans and refrigerators replaced the widespread use of jars to preserve food.
It was during the late 1960s when a lot of people were returning to a more natural way of life (think hippies) that another resurgence occurred. That's about the same time I watched my grandmother canning in her kitchen, but calling her a "hippie" would be a far stretch!
As for me, I mostly use the jars to preserve food. As many of you know, we have a large garden. If we can't eat it all, the excess goes in jars. I probably have hundreds of jars, and in the summer, I fill a lot of them with this.
Sweet Cucumber Relish
No bake blueberry cheesecake
I love to use the new green and blue mason jars in decorating. Here's an easy way to create a centerpiece for upcoming St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
Easy Spring Centerpiece using Green Ball Jars
I love mason jars and use them regularly for preserving food, crafts and decorating, and even growing plants indoors.
Click here to see everything I've done with Mason Jars over the years.