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100 Best Mason Jar Recipes, Tips, and Ideas on the Internet

creme caramel in a mason jar with a strawberry

Have you notice just how many Mason jar recipes there are? It seems that every singe blog has them — and for good reason. The foods in jars are easy to transport, super cute, and fun to make. Let’s just call it Mason Jar Mania, shall we?

You guys know that I did the first 50 Best … recipes post way back in 2007. There have been others since then, both here and on other blogs but I still think that mine cover the most territory. I try to introduce you to new blogs that you might not see otherwise. This post is double the usual because there are just so many recipes, ideas, and tips that you can’t stop at 50… Well, I couldn’t anyway. There was always one more to add.

Mason jars are easy to find almost anywhere and they are very inexpensive. They are eco-friendly, store easily, and don’t transfer flavors. You won’t have to worry about onion flavored creme brulees ever again.

Dessert Recipes in Jars

  1. Brownie Trifles in Mason Jars
  2. Red Velvet Cupcakes
  3. Lemon Meringue Pies
  4. Buttermilk Panna Cotta
  5. Mini Banana Puddings
  6. Butterscotch Pots de Creme
  7. Cherry Crumbles 
  8. Tres Leches Cakes
  9. Peanut Butter Pots de Creme
  10. Jello Parfaits
  11. Strawberry Shortcake
  12. Mason Jar Peach Cobbler
  13. Lemon Cheesecake
  14. Orange Lava Cake
  15. Oreo Peanut Butter
  16. S’mores in a Jar
  17. Dulce de Leche Pumpkin Pie
  18. Neapolitan Cake
  19. Grasshopper Pies
  20. Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes in a Jar
  21. Peanut Butter Pie
  22. Creme Caramel
  23. Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Dessert
  24. Strawberry Crumble
  25. Mini Jello Aquariums
  26. Pecan Pie
  27. Key Lime Pie
  28. Tiramisu
  29. Berry and White Chocolate Mousse Parfaits

Savory Mason Jar Recipes

  1. Chili and Cornbread
  2. Corn Dogs
  3. Deconstructed Veggie Sushi
  4. Chicken Cordon Bleu
  5. Tex Mex Shrimp Salad
  6. Dinner Rolls
  7. Zucchini and Goat Cheese Tarts
  8. Barbecue Dinner in a Jar
  9. 7 Layer Dip
  10. Wild Rice Salad
  11. White Castle Sliders
  12. Chicken Pot Pie in a Mason Jar
  13. Pizza (yes, in a jar)
  14. Low Carb Faux Mac and Cheese
  15. Chopped Salad
  16. Four Layered Salads
  17. Layered Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing
  18. Mason Jar Lasagne
  19. Three Pasta Salads
  20. Shepherd’s Pies
  21. Ranch Chicken Salad
  22. Layered Cornbread and Turkey Salad
  23. Mayonnaise 

Breakfasts in a Jar

  1. Pigs in Blankets with Fried Apples
  2. Strawberry Banana Breakfast Oats
  3. Breakfast Baked Eggs
  4. Granola Parfaits
  5. Peaches and Cream Coffee Cake
  6. Homemade Fruit on the Bottom Yogurts
  7. Breakfast Casseroles
  8. Cinnamon Rolls to Go
  9. Layered Breakfast
  10. Cottage Cheese and Yogurt Parfaits

Beverages in Jars

  1. Tips for Using Mason Jars when entertaining
  2. White Sangria in Mason Jars
  3. Iced Coffees
  4. Strawberry Lemonade
  5. Cake Mix Shakes
  6. Beergaritas
  7. Cantaloupe Smoothie
  8. Make Ahead Mango and Raspberry Margaritas
  9. Red White and Blue Spritzers
  10. Tiffany Punch
  11. Spiked Lemonade for a Crowd
  12. A variety of cocktails
  13. Infused Water
  14. Black Cherry Soda
  15. Strawberry Milk

 Gifts In Jars

  1. Downloadable, Printable Labels for Jars (Great for gifts!)
  2. More Printable Labels
  3. Sugar Scrub
  4. Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn
  5. John Deere Cookie Mix – super cute
  6. Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Quick Bread
  7. Peppermint Stick Cocoa
  8. M and M Cookies Mix
  9. Toffee Blondies Mix
  10. DIY Candles
  11. Homemade Air Freshener
  12. Solar Lights
  13. Faux Cranberry Glass Jar
  14. 5 Bath Salts for Jars

Tips for Using Jars

  1. Pack foods in layers to make it pretty. After all, you can see through the glass and pretty is half the fun!
  2. When making salads in jars always put the dressing at the bottom and the crunchy stuff lik croutons on the top. Shake to mix.
  3. Use ribbon, raffia, and other decorations to attach forks or spoons.
  4. You can get vintage silverware inexpensively at thrift stores. It looks fabulous on the jars, especially if you will be using them at a party or giving as gifts.
  5. Use the half pint jars to make up individual servings of ice cream for parties. This way you can make them well ahead of time and store in the freezer until the party — one less thing you have to do!
  6. Mason jar meals are perfect for picnics or tailgating parties. To keep the jars from hitting together in trasnit wrap them with a cloth napkin tied at the top with ribbon or raffia.Tie the silverware into the ribbon for convenience.
  7. You can find specially made drink tops with straws  that make mason jars into covered drink cups.
  8. Put pretty cupcake papers over the lid before adding the screw on top OR put them on after and tie with ribbon.
  9. Use chalkboard paint labels to identify the contents or the owner. People won’t be losing their cups at parties.
  10. When baking in canning jars only fill them up about halfway unless the instructions tell you otherwise.  The food with increase in size as it bakes. This is NOT true with custards. They will stay the same.

Yeah, o.k. there are over 100. I couldn’t stop.

Everyone is using canning jars for nearly everything now. It makes me laugh because I have been using them forever, myself. They are easy to use, you can use them over and over, no fear of BPA, and they’re cute. What’s not to like?

Leave a comment and let me know how you use your canning jars… besides canning.

2 comments

  1. Heather - Chickabug

    Great roundup! I’m glad to be a part of it! : )

    1. Marye Audet

      Thanks Heather. :)

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