During the autumn canning season, I like to take advantage of the sales and stock up on mason jars. Although I personally don’t do any canning, we use the jars for other purposes. During the holiday season, we like to repurpose them for a multitude of things. We fill them up with homemade yummies, wrap a festive ribbon around the neck and give them away as Christmas gifts to our friends and family. These are always a big hit. My family also loves to use the jars as drinking vessels, they just the right size and they’re comfortable to hold. But, these have their limits too, they’re great in the home but have portability constraints. At least that used to be the case, now they can be decked out with EcoJarz awesome Jarcessories, and go where no mason jar may have traveled before.
EcoJarz is an eco-conscious company whose innovations were inspired by their awareness to and disdain for the armada of toxic chemicals like Bisphenol A (BPA), Phthalates, Styrene, Dioxin and more, found in the majority of plastic drinking and food saving products. Exposure to these toxins has been proven to cause cancer and other serious health issues. With this knowledge, EcoJarz went on to create clever products to repurpose and reuse mason jars and we totally dig them.
One of their newest products is the Pop Top, it’s a sealable lid that fits perfectly on a wide mouth mason jar. It’s a two-piece set that’s made from non-reactive, 18-8 food grade 304 stainless steel, which means it will not react to acidic ingredients, nor will it discolor like some standard stainless steel products, and the second piece is an FDA grade silicone ring with a plug attached.
You’ll first need to slide the silicone ring over and around the jar neck, then place the sealable lid on securely and lastly pop the plug in the opening of the lid. With this dynamic duo in place, your drinks are goof and oops proof. If you have rowdy kids or pets in your home, then it’s a given that something will be spilled, been there too many times. Any tipped or knocked over drinks will be protected by this airtight seal and save you from cleaning potential messes. Now you can toss the jar in your purse, gym bag, backpack, etc., and you’re guaranteed a leakless seal. They’re color coded in brown for coffee, or green for juices, smoothies or water. They can be used for either hot or cold drinks.
I drink lots of water during the day, so I need a huge jar to accommodate my thirst. The Pop Top lid fits securely on top and as you can see, it does not leak at all. I feel confident putting in my handbag without fear of drainage.
I love their Classic Drinking Jar Lids for wide-mouth jars. They fit so nicely on the mason jars and can also be used for any fluids regardless of thickness or temperature. Have smaller mason jars? No worries, they also carry lids for the small mouth jars and the Pint-and-a-half size jars. These are also color-coded for quick-eye reference. I know some of you might be thinking that drinking coffee from a mason jar is unique at best, but it actually works. Granted the mason jar will be hot to the touch, so I’ve created some jar cozies for this purpose. Your lips, however, will not get hot. The silicone lid will allow you to sip freely while remaining cool to your lips. We’ve used these lids for all kinds of uses, water, coffee, juice, smoothies and even soup, they work like a charm.
Not to be left out are the EcoJarz slender and stylish Classic Stainless Steel Straws and the bold and beefy Smoothie Straws, both are made from the same 18-8 food grade 304 stainless steel as the lids. They’re durable, reusable and quite hardy, they will not bend, dent or rust.
If you’re looking for a wider straw for smoothies, soups and say Egg Nog, then the straight straws would be ideal with their 8-mm diameter and 9-inch length. The elegantly curved classic straw has a smaller diameter, which is more fitting for juices, teas, water and more fluid-like drinks. Both straws fit comfortably in the EcoJarz lids and work fabulously on all drinks, so it’s really a matter of preference. You’ll notice how much better your drinks will taste, there’s no funky acrid or bitter taste you can get with plastic straws.
To keep your straws in optimum shape, you’ll need to wash them with soap and water and use their small bristle cleaning brushes to scrape away any resin or debris lodged inside. This will keep your straws sparkling clean and your drinks tasting true flavored.
We appreciate how portable and more user-friendly these items have made mason jars. We’ve used them every day since we got them and they look like new. They wear and wash very well. Who would have thought? Incidentally, you can also use these lids for rice, grains, beans, small pasta, the list can go on. They’re so versatile, I really love them.
If you’re looking for a unique, trendy and sustainable gift idea for that eco-savvy friend or family member, or if you’re wanting to start a new greener and healthier tradition at home, then swing by EcoJarz and check out their wares. HaPpY HoLiDaYs!
Disclaimer: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.