When I was helping my friend Pam at Hard Earth Farm make a batch of goats milk soap a couple months ago, I noticed some jars of oils and herbs in her soap room. She explained to me that you could infuse herbs into the oil just by letting them soak for a couple of months. I immediately came home a grabbed a bunch of rosemary from the big bush outside, washed it off and filled a jar with rosemary and olive oil. Then I let it sit for 2 months in the pantry. I would take it out of the pantry every week or so and shake it up a little and marvel at how it was changing color.
This morning, I strained it into my olive oil jar!! You can see the jar with rosemary and the olive oil jar in the photo below.
I could not believe how amazing it smelled! And taste? You wouldn’t believe how much rosemary you can taste in this! I dipped a ritz cracker in it to taste, and WOW! The flavor is intense!! I can’t wait to use it on roasted veggies, or cooking up chicken! Check out the picture below. The middle jar (yes, that’s an old Frank’s Red Hot bottle – perfect for oils and vinegars!!) had the plain olive oil in it. Look at that difference in the color!!!
As I was in my pantry, I saw my little mason jars with sunflower seeds, pepitos and chia, and I thought I’d share a trick with you. The lids from parmesan cheese fit perfectly onto mason jars!! I love them for small seeds that I like to sprinkle into smoothies or onto salads!
When I went to grab the seed jars to take the picture, I accidentally grabbed the peanut butter jar with the green lid. When I did, I wondered if that lid would fit as well. Guess what? Plastic peanut butter jar lids also fit on mason jars!! Well, at least these two brands did. So many of my mason jars, OK, ALL of my mason jars are recycled. Either from canned food I’ve purchased or from some type of sauce I’ve bought at the store. So, the metal lids that come with them aren’t always the easiest to clean up and reuse. Problem solved, and I don’t have to go buy new lids!!
Do you have any fun tricks for reusing mason jars?