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April 11, 2013 DIY, Preserving Recipes, Recipes

Mason Jar Meals Make the News

Meals in Jars

Fillmore Container was featured in Lancaster Newspapers recent story about Mason jar meals. The article explores recipes and tips for make-ahead meals in jars.

While some trends can be just that, this one may have more to it and may prove to become more of a lifestyle change as part of healthy eating, sustainability and being more environmentally friendly! Here are just a few of the key benefits to packing meals in jars.

  • Portion control: different jar sizes and gradation (fluid ounce volume) markings on most canning jars allow you to decide portion sizes before you start eating. This is also handy when packing meals ahead-whether for storage in the refrigerator or the freezer.
  • Microwaveable: no leaching from plastic containers; Dishwasher-safe (no staining or warping of plastic).
  • See what’s inside! People rave that when you can open up your refrigerator and see your fresh healthy food you are more likely to eat it!
  • Bake, refrigerate, microwave, freeze (freezer-safe tapered jars only) – all in the same container!
  • Re-Useable! Cost effective and earth-friendly with less waste…no paper, plastic, saran wrap etc.

Here are a few of our favorite Mason jar meals.

Chicken Fajita Meal in a Jar

Fajita in Jars

Jar 1: Cooked meat & veggies
Jar 2: Tortilla – lay your tortilla in a large paper towel, fold it in half and roll it up, place in the jar.
Jar 3: Guacamole
Jar 4: Shredded cheese – Use any toppings you like. Only mix those that won’t get soggy or compromise the texture.
Jar 5: Strawberry Shortcake in a widemouth jar

Salad in a JarSalad in a Jar

Jar 1 & 2: Greens
(If adding dressing, be sure that you’re OK
that it will be soaking in it until lunch time.)
Jar 2: Meat
Jar 3: Hardboiled eggs
Jar 4: Shredded cheese
Jar 5: Snap peas
Jar 6: Chunky bleu cheese

Snacks/Sides in a JarLunch in jars

Jar 1: Mixed fruit in a widemouth jar
Jar 2: Oriental slaw salad in widemouth jar
Jar 3: Lancaster’s own Linden Dale Farm Goat Chevre Sandwiches in widemouth jar



A few of our Lancaster friends, who are also Mason jar meal fans were featured in the Lancaster Newspaper article.

Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t give a shout out to the queen of Mason jar meals at Big Red Kitchen. You’ll find Mason jar meal ideas, tips and recipes to get you packing meals in glass in no time.

Check out our Facebook page for more ideas.

Or follow our Meals in Mason Jars board on Pinterest.

Meals in Mason Jars Board







Tell us about your favorite Mason jar meals.



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  1. Freda Lapp Posted April 12, 2013 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    My girls love fresh fruit in their school lunches. Somehow tthe fruit tastes so much better in those adorable little jars that you sent my way over the Holidays. Thanks!

  2. Cathy Posted April 25, 2013 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    For salads in jars, I put the dressing in first, then the meat, then the lettuce and shake it up when I’m ready to eat. No soggy lettuce!

  3. Laurie Posted August 25, 2015 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Great ideas here!!!