If you've spent any time on Pinterest in recent years, you know that mason jars are quite the craze. However, the jars are great for more than just canning and preserving ; they're also wonderful for culinary exploration. Portable, sturdy, and airtight, a mason jar makes the perfect container for meals, drinks, and desserts on the go. Here are a few of the best recipes that are made with this clever container.
Fruit Crisp in a Jar
This mason jar fruit crisp  is divvied up into single servings, so there's no need to share.
Guacamole Mason Jar Salad
Love chips and dip? For lunch, treat yourself to a lively guacamole salad  that's conveniently packed into a mason jar.
Kiwi Cobbler Cocktail
Consisting of kiwi, mint, vanilla bean, tequila, and club soda, this kiwi cobbler cocktail  may sound complicated, but it's actually easy to make on the go in a mason jar.
Slow-Cooker Beans and Quinoa
Brown-bag-ready beans and quinoa with cheddar  will satisfy at lunch all week long.
The next time you plan a picnic, tuck a few jars of strawberry shortcake  into your tote for dessert.
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.
Mint, chocolate, and pretty presentation make this mason jar dessert  a wonderful option for entertaining.
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.
Funfetti Cake in a Jar
The only thing cuter than funfetti cake: funfetti cake layered with frosting in a mason jar .
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 .
Not quite a milkshake and not quite ice cream, this ultrathick take on a chocolate Wendy's Frosty  is something you'll want to make again and again.
Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad
Incorporate Fall flavors into your diet with this sweet potato salad . The flavors in this dish offer a change-up from your everyday salad.
Mason Jar Pudding Parfaits
Mason jars are the perfect vehicle for nostalgic pudding parfaits .
Make breakfast ahead of time (and catch more zzz's) with this overnight oats  recipe.
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 .