A Cool Mason Jar Kitchen Gadget

If you’re like me you have a lot of canning jars around the house.  You probably use them for more than canning.  Around our house mason jars are used for glasses, fridge storage of leftover salad dressings, cupboard storage of bulk dry goods and much more.


Invented and patented in 1858, the mason jar is one of those items that changed culture and society so deeply that you can’t imagine life without it.  Big like an iPhone big.  It introduced safe home food preservation to countless generations.  Easy storage of everything from liquids to flour to nuts and bolts in the garage. They have to be responsible on some level for Tupperware and Ziploc bags. (By the way, I prefer them over Ziploc and Tupperware because they’re less prone to leaking, don’t absorb flavors and colors and I don’t have to think about plastics chemicals leeching into whatever I’m going to eat later.)  They can be quickly multi purposed as drinkware for hot and cold beverages.  In addition to their usefulness around the house, mason jar crafts are incredibly popular with everyone from making goblets by gluing stems on the bottom of canning jars to DIY snow globes.  Because of their ubiquitous nature, mason jar ideas abound, including the one I just found at my local housewares store.

The Ball Herb Shaker Cap

Clunky name right?  Really cool idea.  Seriously.  These would make a great gift or stocking stuffer for anyone who buys bulk anything.  Basically this is a replacement cap that fits a normal mouthed canning jar.

cool mason jar lid

The green plastic section of the lid is hinged and pops up and locks in place so you can shake or sprinkle to your heart’s content:

mason jar lid hack

cool mason jar lid2

These are great for herbs and spices, nutritional yeast, whatever you shake into and onto food. They’re also great for those jars you are always opening since its a little easier to pop the top….hey, great for Grandma!…seriously though, I wanted these as soon as I saw them and enjoy them a lot.  They are a great gift idea and pretty inexpensive as well.  Get yours today at Amazon.