A little confession. I think about food a lot. I mean, a lot. Not with a sense of hungering longing, but in how it connects us to the world. What creatures died for this food to live? How did the sunlight feel on the soil as it grew? And so on.
To appreciate food, why not liberate it from the shadowy depths of kitchen cabinets? And why not go a bit further, and celebrate its form by shedding the original packaging?
Enter mason jars and magnetic tape. Simply place food in jars, print labels, and arrange however works for you.
I sort the ingredients alphabetically and keep a separate section for duplicate jars of ingredients purchased in bulk.
Benefits of Mason Jar Organization
- Easy to find ingredients in the midst of exuberant cooking.
- You know exactly how much you have. Tip: look at those measuring marks on the jar!
- Inventorying everything for replacing provisions takes about ten seconds.
- You’ll use the ingredients you have—no redundant purchases of items lurking in the back of a cabinet.
- Easier bulk purchasing for less plastic in your life.
Do It Yourself
I get a lot of questions about what I store in mason jars and how to create the labels. To answer both, here are a few links that might be helpful:
- Labels: PDF or InDesign (edit and make your own labels)
- Mason jars: Half-gallon | Quart
- Magnetic tape: ½-inch x 25 feet
It’s a fun project, and it will help connect you to your food. And it might deepen your relationship with the world. Just saying, it might.