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Barbecue in a Jar (or a picnic too!)

There are so many fun ideas for using regular old canning jars at a barbeque (or a picnic too!)  Ideas that are both cute and handy.  Here are some of my favorites!

All You used widemouth jars not only to hold the lemonade, but to hold the lemons (and flowers) as well:

But it is the lemonade idea that everyone knows, but that I love the most.  I love drinking strawberry lemonade from a widemouth jar at my favorite barbecue restaurant.

Have little hands that can't hold a big glass jar, go smaller, keep the lids on, and use a straw:

Even if you don't want to purchase the daisy cut metal lids, you can use a drill to make a hole for the straw.

Country Living used these cute jars to store their corn and chickpea salad, but 

Givers Log but the whole darn meal in a jar:

And I have to admit that it looks REALLY GOOD!

Desserts!  Desserts are really fun and cute in a jar!  There are a couple of bakeries that sell cupcakes in a jar, but really all you have to do is bake cupcakes the normal way and then cut them in half, and layer the halves in the jar with frosting:

Or you can just bake them in the jar and let people frost them themseleves.  

The same layering idea works for ice cream.  You can use little jars to make individual parfaits and then seal them up and put them back in the freezer (or keep them on ice!)

 Not Martha has great recipes for baking culte little pies and cobblers in jars too:

And the best part of all these ideas is that you can keep a nice lid on them (and keep bugs OUT of them) until it is time to eat! 

What is your favorite thing to eat or drink out of a jar?


Lauren Thomas said...

I love, love, love sweet tea from a jar! Nothing better!

Unknown said...

These are such great ideas!!

Alexis said...

Diet Coke with lime in a jar!

Nancy's Notes said...

Well, Lori, aren't you clever! I love ice tea out of jar! You have some great ideas, thank you for sharing!


1 Funky Woman said...

These are such great ideas! I love real lemonade in a jar!

Amie said...

All of them are so cute, but I have to say, I JUST DON'T GET the BBQ meal in a jar. Whaa?? Why? Mix all your food together like that? EWW. Hot and cold needs to stay separated too! WIERD.

But I love the rest of it. :)

Lorie said...

I actually don't mind coleslaw warm. And I wouldn't mix it all together, just eat it in layers. There would obviously be some that touched, but I think some people wouldn't mind. Others would probably freak out!

ShopWitches said...

Ahh...good ideas. I just bought lot of jar. And i would like to try some of your ideas. ^^