Since Day 1 of Cibo Meals we’ve been using glass Mason jars to package our creative vegetarian meals…but why? Read on to learn just a “tip of the iceberg” history of these amazing vessels and why they work so great as the packaging for our meals.
A Mason jar, named after John Landis Mason who first invented and patented it in 1858, is a molded glass jar used in home canning to preserve food. Among the earliest glass jars used for home canning were wax sealers, but this process, which was complicated and error-prone, was soon discarded. By far the most popular form of closure for the glass canning jar was a zinc screw-on cap, the precursor to today’s screw-on lids. From 1857, when it was first patented, to the present, Mason jars have had hundreds of variations in shape and cap design. A new type of Mason jar known as a “bead” jar was introduced around 1910 to 1915. These continuous screw-thread jars were designed with a bead between the screw threads and the shoulder as a sealing surface. The Ball Perfect Mason jar, one of the most common jars of this style, was introduced around 1913 and produced until the mid-twentieth century. On August 15, 2017, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Mason Jar Day to be observed annually as a National Holiday on November 30th, beginning in 2017 (mark your calendar for special savings to celebrate!).
Now, back to present day…when we started Cibo Meals one of our main goals was to help eliminate some of the waste that is generated by the food production, delivery, and consumption industry. This sounds pretty overwhelming, and it was, until I pulled a Mason jar from my cupboard to put my ever-precious fresh-squeezed lemon juice into (addiction alert), and realized THIS was the ultimate packaging for Cibo Meals. Mason jars are sturdy, presentable, easy to package, easy to sanitize and reuse, and cost-effective when returned to us by Customers who order often. Our breakage rate is only about 15%, and our meals stay fresh longer than plastic because of the awesome preservation properties of the jars and lids.
Please read this next phrase carefully and take just a moment to consider what it really means: Up to 25 percent of residential food waste is due to packaging size or design, for example, food spoiling due to lack of packaging, condiments sticking to the sides and bottoms of containers or the inability to portion bulk fresh foods for timely consumption. Spoilage prevention packaging, or packaging that extends shelf-life, and packaging adjustments that enable complete consumption are capable of diverting 280,000 tons of food waste, with an economic value of $882 million!
There is so much more out there about these wonderful vessels, and we’re so grateful to them for helping Cibo keep our local, national, and global impact on our earth remain as small as possible. If you have questions, your own jar stories or knowledge, or anything else, please email us. Check out next week’s meals and get 15% OFF here.
~Buon Cibo! Emily, Owner, Cibo Meals