If you've spent any time on Pinterest over the past three years, you know that mason jars are the newest decor craze. However, the jars are great for more than just canning and preserving  — they are wonderful for culinary exploration. Portable, sturdy, and airtight, a mason jar makes the perfect container for meals on the go. Here are a few of the best recipes that are made with this unexpectedly great container.
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Fruit Crisp in a Jar
If you love cobblers and crisps, it can often be frustrating to bake huge portions. This mason jar fruit crisp  allows single servings, so there's no need to waste precious dessert.
Kiwi Cobbler Cocktail
When picnicking during warmer months, don't pack a fruit cobbler; shake up a refreshing cobbler cocktail instead. Consisting of kiwi, mint, vanilla bean, tequila, and club soda, this cocktail  may sound complicated, but it's actually easy to make on the go in a mason jar.
Guacamole Mason Jar Salad
Love chips and dip? Treat your palate to something a little different with this guacamole salad  that's conveniently packed into a mason jar.
Pinot-Grita Wine Cocktail
If you're not ready to commit to a margarita or a glass of wine, combine the two. This Pinot-Grita  is similar to the classic tequila cocktail, except that it includes white wine.
3 Different Mason Jar Salad Dressings
No salad is complete without dressing, so learn how to master three different recipes  with one jar. From tangy to creamy, these dressings help you to never be bored with greens again.
Grasshopper Mint Pies
Mint, chocolate, and pretty presentation make this mason jar dessert a wonderful option for entertaining. Though it's often served on St. Patrick's Day, you'll love grasshopper pie  all year round.
Confetti Cake in a Jar
You'll love using this mason jar recipe  to save leftover cake pieces, thanks to the ingenuity of pastry chef Duff Goldman .
Grilled Beet, Chicken, Apple, and Spinach Salad With Strawberry Vinaigrette
Mixing sweet with savory is a wonderful cure to culinary boredom, and this mason jar salad  nails it.
Not quite a milkshake and not quite ice cream, our ultrathick take on a chocolate Wendy's Frosty  is something you'll want to make again and again.
Fizzy Gin and Lavender Lemonade
This isn't your everyday cocktail — combining floral elements, gin, and fresh lemonade, this drink recipe  will be a hit at all your Summer gatherings.
Vegetarian Taco Salad
Mexican food is the last thing you'd expect to find in a mason jar, but all the taco fixings can be found inside this layered vegetarian taco salad .
Ombré Mason Jar Salads
This color trend is taking the world by storm, so why not incorporate it into your meals? These jarred salads  are scrumptious and beautiful.
S'mores in a Jar
S'mores are a campfire favorite, but there's no denying that the dessert is messy. Avoid sticky fingers with this heavenly recipe for s'mores in a jar .
Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad
With Autumn fast approaching, incorporate Fall flavors into your diet with this sweet potato salad . The flavors in this dish offer a change-up from your everyday salad.
Make breakfast ahead of time (and catch more zzz's) with this overnight oats  recipe. While we love chia, feel free to leave it out while preparing this healthy breakfast dish.