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Tip: Blender and Mason Jar

How to use a mason jar with your blender to whip or chop things right into the jar.

Blender and Mason Jar Tip
Elise Bauer

Did you know that many, if not most, blenders can be used with a standard mason jar, or wide-mouthed mason jar?

This is a trick my mother taught me. Apparently 40 years ago or so, about the time this blender pictured was bought, manufacturers used to include a mason jar in the box with the blender.

Mom recalls even a booklet that listed the many things one could make with the mason jar blender, including ground spices, whipped cream, and peanut butter.

We use this trick most often to make whipped cream. The blender whips it right in the jar, so if we have extra, it's already in a jar for storage. And it is easier when it comes to making small quantities.

preparing the blender base for the mason jar
Elise Bauer

I was complaining the other day that I needed a spice grinder. My mother reminded me of the mason jar trick and it worked perfectly.

Here's how to do it. I'm using walnuts to demonstrate, but you could use this trick with just about anything you want to blend, chop, or grind.

Tip: Blender and Mason Jar

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup to 1 cup of shelled nuts

Method

  1. Remove the base from the regular blender container. Place what you want to chop or blend (up to about a cup of whole shelled nuts) in the blender jar.

    remove base from blender, put nuts in jar
    Elise Bauer
  2. Screw on the base to the mason jar. Make sure it is nice and tight.

    screw blender base on to the mason jar
    Elise Bauer
  3. Invert the jar and place on the blender.

    place mason jar upside down on blender
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  4. Use as you would a food processor. Pulse or blend to desired degree.

    pulse nuts in mason jar in blender to chop
    Elise Bauer