Oh Weck Jars! How do I love thee? I would count the ways, but I'm afraid it would take far too long.
The J. Weck company has been making canning jars in Germany for over a century. The classic glass jars with the strawberry logo have become increasingly popular in the last few years, as they've become easier to find in the states. Crate and Barrel started carrying them while I was registering for my wedding two years ago, and I was so excited I quickly added all the different size jars to my registry. When we received a set of the small jars as a gift, my husband accused me of registering for them just because they were cute. He was right, of course (I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but they were so tiny!), but I assured him they would be very useful. I haven't actually canned anything in them yet, but I have found all sorts of other uses. And, ironically, the smallest size has turned out to be the size I use the most!
Mini Coco Fizz float, anyone? The small jars recently proved to be the perfect serving size for a petite chocolate float to compliment Oakland Bakes' Neapolitan cake.
I am currently using two of them in my bathroom to store bobby pins and hair elastics. After removing their clips and rubber seals, they make an adorable little storage container. I honestly can't believe it took me so long to figure this one out. I shudder to think of the thousands of ponytail holders I've lost over the years.
I've also used them as vases, votive holders, and the fanciest storage for leftovers my refrigerator has ever seen! I like to use the small size for bringing salad dressing or salsa with me when I bring my lunch to work.
Do you guys have any fun uses for jars?
[canning photo via Williams-Sonoma, cake photo by Michael Pieracci]