Kitchen Organisation: The Many Uses of Jars

Do you collect every jam jar you go through, but you’re not sure why? We did too. But now we’ve found so many ways to put them to good use that we can’t get enough jars!


You’re no doubt hesitant to use plastic containers for leftovers – BPA and other plastic nasties can seep into your lunch ready to be absorbed into your body. No thanks! Glass jars are much healthier, and the perfect size for storing single servings of soups, stews, curries, and other leftovers ready to take to work.


There are so many great recipes for mason jar salads. These cleverly constructed salads are an all-in-one meal that don’t get soggy. Perfect for work!

Smoothies to go

The no-mess way of whipping up a smoothie as you dash out the door.


Spice sachets have a tendency to explode all over the pantry. It’s much nicer to use matching jars. Label the sides if they’re on a shelf, or the lids if they’re in a drawer, or superglue magnets to the bottom for a DIY magnetic spice rack.

Beans, lentils, grains and pasta

The bags and boxes pulses and grains come in leak easily and allow pests into your dry goods. Instead use pretty glass jars to keep everything fresh and visible.

Fresh herbs

Ever wondered why your coriander goes bad so fast in the fridge? It’s usually incorrect storage. The best way to store coriander, parsley and dill is to half fill a glass jar with water, put your herbs in like cut flowers and then store it in the fridge. You can also do this with spring onions, but you can just keep them on the countertop – they’ll even keep growing.

Propagating succulents

Succulents are the plant family of the moment, and it’s so easy to grow your own from cuttings. Put the cuttings in a jar of water and put them on your kitchen windowsill until the roots sprout, then you can replant them.

Fermenting foods

Fermented foods and drinks such as kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles and kombucha are great for your gut health, and they’re really fun to make in jars at home. There are a bunch of great recipes on Organic Authority.

Dried fruits and vegetables

If you’re lucky enough to have a veggie garden or fruit trees in the backyard, aside from the old fashioned canning methods such as jams and preserves you can dehydrate your fruit and veg. A delicious way to deal with the harvest glut!

The Stuff Drawer

A lot of the stuff in the miscellaneous drawer would be so much more organised in jars. Twine, thumb tacks, pegs, patty pans and toothpicks – jar them, label them, breathe a sigh of relief.

Loose change jar

A simple saving method that reaps great rewards. Repurpose your biggest jar as the loose change jar. Every time you come home lighten your wallet’s load by putting all the change in the jar, and when it’s full take it to the bank and put it towards something fun – it can add up to hundreds!

Author: Stacey Jacobs

Stacey founded Tidy Me, the easiest way to book a cleaner in Sydney. Tidy Me is much more than an online booking service, it is an online platform allowing professional, independent cleaners to connect with people and homes in need of their services.

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