Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Convert Old Mason Jars

Clever tip of the day: Convert an old canning jar into a container with a pour spout!

I buy my yeast in bulk because I make a lot of bread. It is so much cheaper than buying the tiny jars or individual packets. The yeast pictured below is a 1 pound brick and it cost $2 or $3. That is a huge savings. The only bummer about bulk yeast is how to store it easily. Well, listen up, friends, because I have the solution:


Tah-dah! A pour top jar!





Just chop the top off an empty cardboard salt container, cut it to the size of a canning lid and use the canning ring to screw it in place.





Then you can put the whole thing in the back of the fridge and the next time you bake, you can easily pour the yeast into your measuring spoons. Plus, the jar is see-through so you can keep track of how much you have left.

This would also be great for storing spices, baking ingredients, or powder laundry detergent bought in bulk.

So the only question left is,
what are you going to put in your pour-spout jar?

42 comments:

  1. Genius! I am going to use it for exactly the same purpose. Plus then the jar won't get lost on the door of my fridge like my little bag tends to do. Thanks for the great tip!

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  2. Found this through Pinterest. What a Great Idea!!

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  3. My mother in law made these 50+ years ago! I always thought it was brilliant.

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  4. Yes, definitely for yeast plus lots of other dry ingredients that are used in small quantities. Thanks for the great idea!!

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  5. Awesome idea. I use canning jars for everything!

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  6. Very cool !! I will use this !

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  7. Found this in Pinterest. I made one for salt immediately. Looks really nice in the cabinet. Thanks.

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  8. Thank You. This is so clever & it will really come in handy around my house.

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  9. What an AWESOME idea! Thanks!

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  10. Fantastic idea! thanks!(found thru pinterest)

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  11. Fantastic! ~found and repinned thru pinterest~

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  12. Brilliant, I will borrow your brilliance and make one of my own. I too will do yeast. I love to bake bread.

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  13. Wonderful idea! Just threw an empty salt container away last week! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Wonderful idea - I just threw an empty salt container away last week! Definitely going to use this idea - Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Where do you buy the bulk package of yeast?

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  16. aleighoop--

    Once a year my grocery store has a sale on items in bulk. I always buy the bricks of yeast then because they go on sale. If you can't find the big bricks of yeast in your baking aisle with the other yeast, I would ask a store employee about it or find a store that sells things like oats and flour in 50 pound bags. Do you have a Winco near you? They would probably have it.

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  17. Having a collection of older canning jars, I happen to also have an older, all metal lid with pop-up spout, the only one I've ever seen. Glad for your way of re-creating such a useful item.

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  18. I have stored my salt this way for many years, but never thought to use it for other things.

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  19. I'm thinking that, at the rate I use salt (living by myself), I'd practically have to go buy a new container of salt and dump the contents in the trash to just use the pouring spout - which might be worth it. Then again, the idea of storing the salt in a mason jar with the pour spout added sounds pretty interesting, especially if I punch a few holes in the lid, too, to use as a giant (as in doesn't have to be refilled often) salt shaker or pourer. And I like that I can see through it so I know when to buy a new container. Hmmm, will have to consider that one!

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  20. I just wanted to let you know I featured you on Blissful and Domestic today. Stop by and grab a button:>

    http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com/2012/03/14-homemade-tips-and-tricks.html

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  21. I just did this! Imagine that... I have a bunch of mason jars lying around LOL!

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  22. I can get the bricks of SAF yeast at Sam's Club.

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  23. What a great idea! The lids get rusty after a while, and I never thought to use cardboard. Thanks for sharing!

    Leslie

    simplybetterhomemaking.blogspot.com

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  24. This mason jar conversion is brilliant! Thank you! Sharing on pinterest.

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  25. Awesome! I'm going to use it for my homemade bath salts, plus other dry ingredients in my pantry. So simple, yet so brilliant!

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  26. The lid from a Parmesan cheese container will also fit on a mason jar. I keep them on the counter filled with salt, pepper & sugar for cooking.

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  27. Love it - great idea (I used the bottom of the salt round container to keep all my reading glasses in one place)

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  28. Love it! Too bad I just threw my empty salt container away 2 days ago. Have to pin to remember for next time!

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  29. This is BRILLIANT! I've been reusing on old yeast jar and filling it up from the brick, but this is so much nicer and easier to pour. Possibilities are endless!

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  30. That will work great for my kids sand for sand art then we can put left overs back in

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  31. Great idea. re pinning using for my salt though much better looking than regular salt container

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  32. Wow. What a perfect idea.

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  33. Great idea. I think I will make this for coffee creamer so it will look better left out on the kitchen countertop!

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  34. Where do you get the metal pour spout from?

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    1. The metal pour spout comes on the salt container. You just cut the whole lid off and put it under the canning ring where the canning lid would normally go. Easy peasy!

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  35. Awesome! I just made one in about 5 minutes!

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    1. It's amazing what five minutes can do, isn't it?! :)

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