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Save Space in Your RV Kitchen With These 15 Mason Jar Hacks

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Every inch counts in a camper or motorhome kitchen! These handy canning jar accessories are small enough to fit in a drawer and can eliminate the need for the bigger items they’re replacing. Gather all those glass jars you have lying around and make the most of them with these 15 handy mason jar hacks.

1. Your coffee pot

A mesh pour-over cone can be used to brew coffee directly into a Mason jar, which easily doubles as a coffee mug.  No filters required.

Small Size Pour Over Coffee filter Paperless Pour Over Coffee Dripper Manual Reusable Stainless Steel Coffee Filter, Single Drip Brew, Double Mesh Liner (1~2 Small Cups)
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Small Size Pour Over Coffee filter Paperless Pour Over Coffee Dripper Manual Reusable Stainless Steel Coffee Filter, Single Drip Brew, Double Mesh Liner (1~2 Small Cups)
  • TEEMADE Small size pour over coffee filter was designed to coffee makers (1~2 small cups) Made from stainless steel.

You can also use a Mason Jar to make cold brew coffee with this kit:

County Line Kitchen Cold Brew Coffee Maker, Mason Jar Pitcher - Heavy Duty Soda Lime Glass w/Stainless Steel Mesh Filter & Flip Cap Lid - Iced Tea & Coffee - 1 Qt (32 Oz), Silver - Lid
  • SIMPLE TO USE & CLEAN: Making cold brew has never been more straightforward. Our easy-to-use design takes the complexity out of the brewing process. Simply fill the filter with your favorite coffee grounds, add cold water, and let it steep! Cleanup is a breeze with dishwasher-safe components (do not add boiling water)

To keep your hands from burning when drinking hot liquids out of a jar, you can buy a sweater for your jar, or make one by knitting or crocheting, or by cutting up the sleeve of an old sweater, or, like this one, a worn-out sock.

Mason jar sock
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Silicone JarJackets not only make Mason jars more comfortable to hold when hot or cold, they also protect them if dropped.

JarJackets Silicone Mason Jar Sleeve - Fits 32oz (1 Quart) Regular or Wide-Mouth Jars … (1, Lagoon)
  • MADE TO FIT - Designed to snugly fit your favorite REGULAR or WIDE-mouth 32oz (1 quart) mason jar.. Includes 1 lagoon (teal) silicone sleeves. Jar not included. NOTE: Not recommended for 32oz REGULAR-MOUTH jars.

2. Cups & Glassware

Using a mason jar as a cup probably can’t be considered a mason jar hack! But if you use jars as your main drinking glasses, not only can they be used for either hot or cold liquids, they can be multi-purposed for other uses on this list.

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brimley 16oz Glass Mason Jar Set of 4 with Lid and Straw - Mason Jars with Handle for Cold Drinks - Glass Mason Jars with Metal Mason Jar Lids with Stainless Steel Straws and Straw Hole
  • RUSTIC AND TRENDY GLASS SET OF 4 - Create a trendy home with mason jar decor. With the Brimley 16oz mason jar cups set, you can jazz up your kitchenware and serve up cold beverages like smoothies, iced coffee, and cocktails in a fun way.

Take your drinking glasses to go with sip-and-straw lids! These can be used with a straw for smoothies and iced beverages or sipped for hot beverages.

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A specialty bottle for fruit infusions is unnecessary with this lid:

Don’t like drinking from plastic? This metal variation can be sealed as well.

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Jarware Stainless Steel 2-in-1 Drink and Fruit Infusion Lid, Regular-Mouth, Silver
  • TRANSFORM YOUR JAR into sleek, on-the-go fruit infusion drinkware with this stainless steel jar lid accessory! Not so into fruit? Remove infuser basket, fill jar with your favorite beverage, and sip to your heart's content!

Turn any cup or jar into a sippy cup with these silicone lids:

Yagote Silicone Sippy Cup Lids, 5 Packs Elephant Spill-Proof Sippy Cup for Babies, Toddlers and Kids
  • SAFE AND SECURE. These silicone sippy cup lids are made of high quality food-grade silicone materials. It’s BPA-free, non-toxic and doesn’t contain lead, latex. It’s durable and reusable. It will not break or fall apart easily.

3. A blender bottle

Use a pouring spout lid and blender ball to mix protein shakes or salad dressings.  The lid of a can of dry Coffee-Mate creamer will fit as well.

reCAP Mason Jar Pour Cap and Drinking Lid | 3 Pack | Black | Regular Mouth | Made in the USA | Leak-proof | No-break material
  • MADE IN USA: reCAP is a small, woman-owned business that makes its products in Erie, Pennsylvania.

4. Your blender

You may already know that a regular mouth canning jar can be screwed onto a traditional blender base.  There is also an extra small blender base that’s made to be used with Mason jars! Bonus: it doesn’t take up as much room on the counter.

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Tribest PB-350 Personal Blender for Shakes and Smoothies with Portable Blender Cups, White, Large
  • ELECTRIC COUNTERTOP BLENDER: Features powerful 200-watt Motor Can blend and grind everything from healthy smoothies to baby foods, soups, salad dressings Make your favorite recipes with ease

5. A citrus juicer

The best part about this juicer lid is that the juice can be stored in the jar after juicing, leaving fewer dishes to be cleaned!

6. A cocktail shaker

Impress your friends with your fancy drink mixing skills with a cocktail shaker lid set.

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Tablecraft Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker with Metal Top, 9.5 x 9.5 x 20 cm
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Tablecraft Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker with Metal Top, 9.5 x 9.5 x 20 cm
  • Rustic mason jar glass design adds rustic charm to your cocktail service

7. A strainer

In addition to straining, a mesh strainer can be used for making sprouts in a canning jar.

8 Pack Stainless Steel Sprouting Jar Lid Kit for Wide 3.4" Wide Mouth Mason Jars, 304 Stainless Steel Sprout Lid,Strainer Screen for Canning Jars and Seed Sprouting
  • Made of food grade 304 stainless steel sprouting system, 100% durable and rust-resisting BPA free. Perfect for making organic sprout seeds in your house or kitchen and great for a Healthy Gift!

8. Salt and pepper containers

You’re probably thinking this doesn’t take up any less space than regular salt and pepper shakers.  But do you have an extra container of salt in your pantry?  If so, eliminate the need for it by purchasing salt from a bulk bin and storing it in this shaker jar.  The lid rotates to allow shaking or pouring of just one or both.

9. Vases

Of course, flowers or herbs can be put in a jar without a lid! But this gadget means a single flower or one with a flexible stem will stand straight.

Colonial Tin Works Mason Jar Flower Frog,Crackle Black/Red
  • Crackle black/red lid for jar to hold flowers upright in arrangements

10. Lunch boxes

This dip container would also be great for keeping salad and dressing separate until lunchtime.  (Psst…you can accomplish the same thing using a regular flat lid and ring with an empty fruit cup.)

Jarware Regular Mouth Snack Pack Mason Jar Lid, Orange
  • BPA Free and made from recycled materials, durable plastic construction

Or just use this connector, which can join two jars of any shape.  Soup and salad, anyone?

11. A Zoodle Maker

Ready to add more vegetables into your diet? This Mason jar spiralizer attachment will save you space over a bulky spiralizer. Make zoodles galore!

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Jarware 3 in 1 Mason Jar Spiralizer Lid, Wide Mouth, Stainless Steel
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Jarware 3 in 1 Mason Jar Spiralizer Lid, Wide Mouth, Stainless Steel
  • TRANSFORM MASON JARS into a convenient spiralizer and storage container! Simply place one of the 3 vegetable slicer blades on top of your favorite wide mouth jar and screw on your existing ring to secure the veggie slicer blade

12. Fried egg rings

Make a perfect sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich! It’s easier than you might think to make your own fast-food-style breakfast at home. Here’s a video that shows how to do it.

13. Cookie cutters

No need to hang on to your cookie cutters for making biscuits or Christmas cookies. The rings in this photo are being used to cut pie crust for single-serving apple pies baked in mason jars (get the recipe here).  Maybe you don’t need a pie pan, either!

Mason jar ring as cookie cutter
by Sara Wells via ourbestbites.com

14. A muffin tin

If you don’t make muffins or cupcakes very often or usually only make a few at a time, you can eliminate the need for a specialty pan by using jar rings and baking cups on a regular baking sheet with this idea from thekitchn.com.

(Note: If using in a toaster oven, be sure you have enough clearance for the batter to rise, and consider using foil cups to avoid risk of fire.)

jar ring muffin cupcake tin
by Christine Gallary via thekitchn.com

15. Your cheese grater

Not only can this idea save space, you can also store the cheese in the jar after grating it.

Bonus: Match storage

Okay, this last idea doesn’t actually save any space, but it is just too nifty not to mention.  I don’t know about you, but I find matches always end up falling out of the original cardboard box as it deteriorates.  Instead of the side of the match box, you can also use sandpaper on the lid as long as you buy “strike anywhere” matches.  Cutting a small hole in the lid lets you shake a match out without having to unscrew the lid each time.

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