You'll never want to throw out a coffee jar again. Picture: Leah Goulis
You'll never want to throw out a coffee jar again. Picture: Leah Goulis

The genius coffee jar hack that will blow your mind

When it comes to empty, unwanted jars, most of us will find a use for them around the home. And if your place is anything like mine, they usually get tossed in the garage for hubby to recycle them for screws, nails or bolts. Yes, I know. It's a glamorous suburban life I lead.

But last weekend I found an accidental use for an old Moccona coffee jar, and it has literally blown… my… MIND!

A coffee jar changed my life

I was making myself a coffee when I realised I had come to the end of yet another coffee jar. As I went to toss it in the recycling bin, my husband Jerry (he really wants to be recognised for this brilliant idea, so let's give him his moment) urged me to stop.

"Wait… we can use that!" he said.

As I was thinking to myself, "surely we've got enough jars in the garage, dear" he began to pop open the plastic lid of the jar and gave me a quick 'life hack' demonstration.

As it turns out, the plastic part of your coffee jar lid comes off, allowing it to be used as it's own separate container. "Perfect for sugar or even tea bags" I was told.

Step 1: Pop lid off. Step 2: Fill lid with sugar. Picture: Leah Goulis
Step 1: Pop lid off. Step 2: Fill lid with sugar. Picture: Leah Goulis

 

Step 3: Pop plastic lid back on. Step 4: Pop entire lid back on jar. Picture: Leah Goulis
Step 3: Pop plastic lid back on. Step 4: Pop entire lid back on jar. Picture: Leah Goulis

Perfect for a picnic

Now, I don't know about you, but the idea of cutting down on the number of plastic containers to pack on a picnic or take a trip to the beach sounds pretty good to me, so I decided to share the news.

As I posted the "accidental hack" on the New Mums Australia Facebook group, I was surprised to see how many other mums loved the idea - some even offering up other genius ways to use the lid.

"I vote that this is a HACK! You could also put hummus in the lid and cut up carrots for a picnic in the main bit. Hipster picnic hack!" one enthusiastic mum comments.

"Hack. Now I have to buy Moccona…" writes another.

Another impressed mum adds: "I didn't even know they did that. I wonder if it would still seal effectively or possibly spill out everywhere when you take the lid back off?"

The reaction from many told me we were onto a winner - and I can confidently confirm the lid does seal perfectly tight so there is no spillage with any wet or dry ingredients.

3 clever ways you can do it at home

While some clever mums revealed they have been using these lids for some time, we couldn't help but think of other fun ways to use them. As well as the suggestion of vegetable sticks and dip, you could use them for:

  1. Fruit with yoghurt - Chop up some fruit and store it in the main compartment to be mixed with yoghurt in the smaller section.
  2. Fancy salad jar - We've all seen them on Pinterest, and the small lid is the perfect size for salad dressing.
  3. Sultanas or other smaller snacks - Ditching the large jar completely, you can simply use the smaller lid as it's own container and store sultanas and other smaller bites for your next trip to the park with bub. 

This article originally appeared on Kidspot and has been republished here with permission.

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