Thanks to my twin sis, I now have 9 pint and half Ball canning jars… they are however not going to be (generally) for canning!
I’ve had some nice plastic containers, with happy spring green latches and seals, for some time, and recently I’ve noticed the seals are less effective than they used to be. That combined with my effort to use less plastic overall makes these new jars destined to be my new lunch containers, and they’re just the right size.
Lately I’ve been slackin’ a bit, buying lunch out too much, so this is perfect for multiple goals. I spent the afternoon grocery shopping, washing & chopping, assembling… Now I’m good to go for the week.
I made a nice tangy vinaigrette with coconut oil, cider vinegar, garlic, black pepper, and a couple of dates so it didn’t end up too tangy.
That got whizzed in the VitaMix, then a couple of tablespoons went into the bottom of each jar. Next I dropped in a pile of chopped veggies (mixed sweet peppers, zucchini, chickpeas), followed by a few drained capers – OMG, so tasty and no salt needed for the dressing – then protein. A couple jars have tuna, and the others more chickpeas. This is all topped by torn-into-pieces mixed greens. It doesn’t look like much greens, but you can push a lot in there… plus I get more greens in smoothies.
Speaking of greens, I found a new mix by Earthbound Farm at Costco today – Power Deep Green Blends, and it has baby kale, chard, and spinach.
I did make a smoothie with it when we got home from Costco and it was tasty (the greens, blueberries, coconut milk, chia seeds, and two dates since the berries weren’t very sweet). Worth a try if you haven’t purchased that mix yet!
The other lunch item, highly experimental, is cukes stuffed with a mix of cottage cheese, sunflower seeds, and a few remaining chickpeas. I mixed in a little bit of protein powder as well, going on the assumption that it would help firm up the mixture. I’ll see how it goes tomorrow. The dill is from our backyard.
Because I actually **can** with mine, I’m stingy about using the brand-new metal lids/rings … LOL … so I bought a couple of boxes of the Ball Regular Mouth Jar Storage Caps (advertised for $2.99/8 on Amazon).
(and yes, I saw you want to rely less on plastic, but these ARE reusable!!)
And a lid is certainly less than an entire container….
OMG, are those leakproof?! What a great idea! I have canning plans with other sizes of jars & would happily save the lids for that….
I don’t know if completely leakproof — I’ll give you one to try out. I cap my greases (bacon, duck, etc) … jellies after I’ve opened them … refrigerator pickles … no leaks thus far. But I haven’t gone so far as to shake a salad w/dressing in a capped one!
Testing is definitive; not leakproof! But still useful as you say and the gifted one is still appreciated.
glass seems so much better!
Well geez, I just got hungry looking at that!
🙂 More food posts to come…