The most common uses for mason jars are storage, canning, and sprouting. But mason jars makes great liquid measuring cups, too. Sometimes all my “official” liquid measuring cups are dirty, or they're too small anyway. More and more I turn to a mason jar.
I don't mean to insult your intelligence by listing the volumes here. You probably already know these amounts. 😉 Just consider this a refresher, if you need one.
- 1 cup = 1/2 pint jar
- 2 cups = pint jar
- 4 cups = quart jar
- 8 cups = half gallon jar
Let's say I'm making soup. I need 8 cups or more of water. So I grab a half-gallon jar and fill it once, to within 1/2″ of the rim. The alternative would be to fill a liquid measuring cup two to four times, depending on whether it is the 2-cup size or the 4-cup size.Let's say I'm making my 4-grain breakfast porridge, which calls for 6 cups of water. I use a half-gallon jar and fill it three-fourths of the way up. Some jars have marks for the cups, but some don't. That's okay. Three-quarters is easy to spot.
Let's say I store my bulk agave in quart jars (I do). When I need one cup, I pour one quarter of the jar's volume off, just eye-balling it, or using the markings on the jar. If I need all four cups of the agave (like for a quadruple batch of Kombucha), I use the full amount in the quart jar.
What other uses do you have for mason jars? Please share!
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