When staying organized is the name of the game, look beyond your kitchen cabinets and pantry shelves for storing your collection of Mason jars. Kitchen storage space is a precious commodity and as handy as these jars are, they are heavy and space-consuming.
Here are three little tips I stick to when storing unused jars in my apartment.
Keep the Original Box for Storage
If you're buying brand new Mason jars, hold onto the original box they came in. Some boxes may even come with dividers, which means you don't have to worry about them rattling about when they're moved.
If you're buying Mason jars ad hoc, you can fashion a similar box yourself. These boxes are stackable so you can designate a corner of the pantry to your collection.
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Store Mason Jars Low
Keep the box of jars stored low to the ground. It might seem obvious, but it's also easy to overlook the weight of a full box of jars when you have a temptingly empty shelf high in the closet. If you have a big collection of jars, consider the box strategy mentioned above and store them on the floor of a closet or pantry.
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What About the Lids?
As for storing the lids, we had a debate about whether they're best kept on the jar or stored elsewhere. Associate Food Editor, Meghan, offered up a great suggestion that allows her to distinguish new lids from the older (used) ones. She suggests storing the new lids secured on the jar, and the used ones separately in a bag.
How do you store your Mason jars?