Remember those old Mason jars? Your grandmother, mother or aunt probably used them for homemade jams and jellies. Well they’ve made a comeback…in a big way. And they are being used for more than just canning.
Search the Internet and you’ll find all sorts of ways people are using Mason and Kerr jars. But going back to it’s roots, many busy households are using these jars for meals. Mason Jar Meals.
One of the great benefits of Mason Jar Meals is the look. We eat with the eyes first. Assembling a salad or meal in a jar can be very appealing…especially if you are eating healthy. All the bright colors draw in the eye and can make eating more enjoyable.
Personally, I get tired of salad real quick. But using the MJM concept adds some newness to the same old tired salad. I can put the dressing at the bottom, add ingredients that won’t get soggy, then some lettuce. Right before I eat it, turn it over for a moment so the dressing flows down over the ingredients. Then, pour it onto a plate.
If you Google the term “Mason Jar Meals”, the link to Big Red Kitchen will be your first choice. Blogger Robin Sue has assembled almost a complete primer on Mason Jar Meals. Robin is a Cross Fit trainer and RN, specializing in cardio-thoracic medicine. She offers lots of suggestions and tips on choosing ingredients, assembling meals, and even how to store and carry the jars. My favorite recipe is Chicken Ramen Salad.
So check out Big Red Kitchen and also check Pinterest for more ideas for meals. Or just create your own.
As Shark Week comes to a close, here’s some pictures from Stephanie Lohse. Her son Trevin recently turned 10. The theme for his birthday party? SHARKS! She did a great job decorating the cakes and carving the shark’s mouth and teeth. Thanks, Stephanie for sharing your pictures!
This month, we are adding a new section to the blog.
It’s a proven and scientific fact the eyes play an important part in food selection and taste. With that thought in mind, the new Edible Art section will pay tribute to good food that is good for you!
THIS looks GOOD:
but THIS work of art is GOOD FOR YOU!
Look for more inspirational works of (food) art in the future!