Take Soup to Work in a Canning Jar

Reader Tip

Many of you have written to us and asked for foolproof, leakproof ways to take soup to the office. Well, we really liked this tip from reader myskinnygarden in the Soup Week post comments. She uses a canning jar, and here's why!
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myskinnygarden says:
The best thing I've found so far is reusing my Ball canning jars. I make the soup and immediately fill the jars and refrigerate them. They are a little heavier to carry in my lunch bag but all I need to do is take the lid off and heat the jar of soup in the microwave. Working great for me and I'm happy to get some use out of all those canning jars I don't normally use during winter months.

We think this is a great idea. It's inexpensive (canning jars = cheap) and this sort of glass reheats safely in the microwave. Just heat and stir in any mix-ins. Here, for instance, we show the scallions and tofu for miso soup carried separately in the lunch bag.

Looking for canning jars? Here are some tips for finding them:

Good Question: Where to Buy Plain Canning Jars?

And if you want some other ideas for carrying soup to your workplace, including some thermos recommendations, here's a great thread on that.

Desperately Seeking: No-Leak Soup Containers for Lunches

How do you take soup to work or school? Do you use a thermos? A glass jar? Something else? Many readers have asked for suggestions, so share your experience here!

More Good Uses for Canning Jars

Kitchen Lighting Made From Weck Canning Jars
Make Your Own Fruit-on-the-Bottom Yogurt Cups
Pantry Organization: Put Your Grains In Jars

Not pictured above:
Good Idea! Use Canning Jars Instead of Ramekins
Cool Idea! DIY Ice Cream Kit in a Jar
Have Jar, Will Travel: Best Ideas for Meals in a Jar

(Images: Faith Durand)

(Originally published January 6, 2011)

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