Mason jars are the hardy container that should never be amiss in any home. They make specialty drinks look even more aesthetically appealing and also make the best storage vessels! Read ahead for a simplified guide on how you can freeze your favorite side dishes so that you can enjoy hearty meals at any time of the day.
Mason jars are most commonly used to make drinks but did you know that they make good organizers and storage containers for freezing soups and stews?
Not only are they durable, you can keep your favorite dishes for long periods without worrying about plastic seeping into them! Here are instructions and a FAQ for how to freeze anything in a mason jar:
Wide mouth mason jars are the best option when you want to freeze one to two portions of soup, stews, or leftovers. For larger quantities of leftovers, use quart sized mason jars.
Let the steaming hot liquid cool completely to prevent damage to the jar.
Fill your mason jars with the soup, stew, or leftovers using a stainless steel ladle and wide mouth funnel. The funnel prevents the mess that could arise while trying to pour the food items.
Make sure to reserve some room, of at least two inches, in the jar. This will allow expansion when the liquids become completely frozen to prevent the jar from breaking.
Close the lids tightly then place the filled jars in a refrigerator to cool down completely to prevent cracking. This step is crucial as freezing hot or warm liquids can cause the jar to crack.
Labelling the jars will help you know what's what even after a long period of freezing which might make the dishes unrecognisable.
The dishes will remain safe for consumption for three to five months.