4 Surprising Ways This Household Item Will Help You Organize Your Kitchen

published Jul 24, 2022
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Here at Kitchn, we can’t help ourselves when it comes to figuring out smart ways to organize our cooking spaces. That’s why we’re turning to the simple and classic Mason jar as a handy solution to create order. Mason jars are more than useful canning companions. They are, in fact, the perfect glass vessel.

Whether they’re used for making a delicious portable salad or as a hefty drinking glass for your homemade lemonade, we’ve seen time and time again just how useful these glass containers really are — including as convenient ways to store and organize your kitchen items!

So, what are you waiting for? Dust off all of the Mason jars hiding in your back cupboards. We’ve put together four surprising and fun ways to start using those indispensable glass jars today.

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1. Add on a cardboard salt container spout.

When we first heard about a new way to upcycle a used cardboard salt container, we were excited! You know the ones — the cylinders with the metal spout that open and leave you with that satisfying pour. See, these lids and spouts are much too useful to throw out.

Instantly create a dispensing container for dry goods, such as sugar, flour, cornmeal, coffee grounds, or anything else! With such a handy spout, you’ll have a such an easier time measuring dry ingredients.

All you need to do is carefully use scissors or an X-Acto knife to cut out the round top of the salt container. Trim to fit your jar’s mouth. Add it in place of the original Mason jar lid and twist the ring over it to hold it in place. Presto! Now you have a convenient Mason jar with spout that’s ready to pour!

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2. Use as utensil drawer organizers.

Here’s a smart idea: You can easily store large spoons, spatulas, and other items that stack on top of, or next to, one another in a few Mason jars — lined up on their sides in a wide kitchen drawer.

The secret? Use Kerr wide-mouth jars, which aren’t perfectly round. Each side is a little flat, helping to keep the jars from rolling around in the drawer. Plus, the wide-mouth jar is large enough to place at least five or so utensil handles inside. Just don’t overstuff them!

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3. Take advantage of the power of magnets.

We love the idea of using cute little Mason jars as spice storage. Taking it one step further, glue magnets on the top of the jars’ lids, and attach a magnetic knife strip along the bottom of your upper kitchen cabinets. In an instant, you’ll create a super-smart system for holding all of your spice needs — ready to access at arm’s length while you’re juggling cooking.

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4. Make it easy to grab snacks.

The fridge door is prime real estate to store grab-and-go snacks. That’s why we think a small, open Mason jar is the perfect storage solution to hold a few goodies, such as ready-to-eat string cheese or tubes of yogurt!

Just find a couple of jars that are the perfect size to fit on the shelf along your door, and there you have it — an easy way to access convenient, anytime snacks without having to spend time digging through the whole fridge.

How do you use Mason jars in your kitchen? Tell us you ideas in the comments below.