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!
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)