Mason/Ball jars are my absolute favorite "container". We use them for drinking glasses, for canning jams, syrup, pickles, and applesauce. Chicken broth and sauce keep very well in these handy little jars. They keep our marshmallows fresh and fluffy, our graham crackers crisp, our lollipops away from moisture, and our cereal crunchy. They hold our pens, pencils, crayons and markers, paint brushes and scissors.
They hold our cinnamon sticks and sprinkles. We serve just about every beverage you can think of in them, cold or hot-doesn't matter. Oh, oh wait! Desserts! We serve our desserts in them too! They even made a spectacular appearance at my sister's wedding as the centerpieces for her tables. We have formed a beautiful friendship over the years (me and the jars). They help me out in all kinds of situations and I try to return the favor by showcasing them in as many ways as I can possibly conjure up.....
Let me focus now on the title of this post.
We turned to Mason jars as our drinking glasses out of necessity, at first. Our cats have a thing against drinking glasses. If they see a glass sitting out anywhere in the house, on the table, on the counter, or night stand, they make it their personal mission to seek and destroy. Lucky for me, mason jars don't break! Well, at least they haven't for me. After a while of using them as drinking glasses we couldn't use anything else! The kids even pass up their "kiddie" cups for them!
Being that we still have young kids we still experience spills from time to time.
I gave up buying sippie cups a year or so ago. They get lost all the time and the sippie spout usually looked like a beaver had been gnawing at it.
To fix this little problem I turned to the mason jar. They can do everything right?
They sure can!
All you need to make a spill proof cup out of a mason jar is, a mason jar, the lid, a straw, and a grommet. You will want to measure the diameter of the hole on the grommet and make sure it is going to accept your straw. Measure the diameter of your straw too. It's good to be accurate and double check. You will also need a drill bit or a metal hole punch.
We bought our grommets for $1 each. We already had jars (obviously) and I just used the straws that you get at your local store that usually reside in the isle with the paper products (napkins, cups, plates etc.). You get like 100 straws. You know the ones with the tops that bend down. I am sure you could find different straws that might last longer and aren't throw aways, but for now this is what I have so, that's what we're using.
Drill your hole. You can place this in the middle of the lid or, on the edge. To make drilling easier we screwed the lid right onto the jar. We set this jar aside when we were done drilling. You certainly don't want to drink out of that until it has been thoroughly washed.
Take a file and file down any rough edges. This will make it easier for you to get the grommet in the hole.
Insert grommet into the hole. It's a snug fit so don't get frustrated.Then the straw goes in. Make sure the straw goes through. You don't want the hole you drilled to be too small, or it will pinch the grommet and won't fit your straw once the grommet has been inserted into the hole.
Wash the lid with soap and water before using. Fill your jars with your favorite drink and screw the lid on. Stick in a straw and you're done!
It wouldn't seem natural if we didn't have a mason jar holding our straws!
So, there you have it! Now you can take mason jars with you where ever you go!
No more bottled water for us! These are great for taking with you in the car, in the garden-no bugs in my ice tea!
If you are familiar with mason jars then you already know that these lids can go on any size jar so, they are perfect for kids (half pint), or adult (pint size and up).