There are a lot of ways to use an empty glass jar, including organizing, decorating, using it as a candle holder, preserving weird things like bugs and snakes, and baking a cake. Yes, that’s right, cakes can be baked in a jar.
Karen Solomon, food writer and author of “Can It, Bottle It, Smoke It: And Other Kitchen Projects,” shows us how to bake cakes in canning jars in this step-by-step tutorial.
They are easy to make, and with only a few ingredients, these cakes make great snacks to take to a picnic or give a loved one a unique gift.
In the YouTube video below, Solomon instructs viewers:
Start with two and one half cups of fresh seasonal fruit. Put those into four, half pint, canning jars. Combine one half cup of flour, one half cup of sugar and one half teaspoon salt. Whisk it together with a fork and pour it on the fruit and then top with butter. Once your jars are filled, move them to a square baking dish. Fill the inside of the baking dish with some dried beans to keep the jars from sliding around. Bake it at 350 for one hour. After baking, let the jars cool completely.
She suggests topping the dessert with whipped cream or keeping it in the refrigerator for up to a week.
According to apartmenttherapy.com, in addition to being able to withstand high heat, mason jars are also great for putting leftover soup in the freezer. Make sure to leave room at the top for the food to expand when it freezes.