I am thrilled to show you the latest installment in our Small Pleasures book series. The Tiny Book of Mason Jar Recipes is perfect for your bookshelf or coffee table and is a darling look at the beloved Mason jar. I got to chat with the book’s editor, Cindy Smith Cooper, and I’m delighted to share our conversation so you can see all that this title has to offer.
Phyllis: What was your inspiration for the book?
Cindy: I have always loved how versatile Mason jars are. They have been around for many years and their timeless design makes them perfect for storing or serving food. Seeing how many uses the jars have gave me the idea to create a collection of recipes uniquely for them.
Phyllis: What types of recipes are in the book?
Cindy: There are recipes for beverages, dips and sauces, salads and entrees, desserts, and gifts. All of the recipes are intended to be served in Mason jars and there are a number of recipes that were specifically designed to be made inside of the jars.
Phyllis: Why have Mason jars become such a staple for entertaining?
Cindy: Most homes have plenty of Mason jars in their pantries and cabinets. The jars can be repurposed in a variety of ways. They can be used to preserve, store, or serve food. The jars come in a variety of colors and sizes, and are dishwasher safe as well. They are visually appealing as well as practical and readily available, making them perfect for entertaining.
Phyllis: Where did Mason jars originate?
Cindy: The inventor of the jars was John Mason of Philadelphia. He invented them in 1858 as a way to preserve food for home canning. They are so well made that they will last for many years and become collectible.
Phyllis: What are some of your favorite ways to use Mason jars?
Cindy: I love to use them to make and serve different drinks and dishes. They are a great way to take your food to-go for lunches or picnics. One of my favorite uses for Mason jars is sharing food with others. From giving gifts to taking food to sick friends, these jars are perfect for sharing with those that you love.
How do you use your Mason jars?