Homemade Jar Flour Shaker

Flour Shaker

This clever idea is the brainchild of canner and fellow Portland, Oregon expat Jessica Smedley. She recently picked up a few of these punched out canning jar lids, popped on a jar of all-purpose flour and had herself an instant flour shaker.

Flour Shaker

I’ve recently started feeding and using my sourdough starter again (I am amazed that I didn’t manage to kill it during many months of neglect this summer) and regularly find myself needing to dust my countertop with a little flour before kneading my bread dough. This little rig would be just the thing to make that task a little easier.

If you want to set up your own flour shaker, you can buy these lids from the folks at Fillmore Container. Thanks for sharing your idea, Jessica!


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17 Responses to Homemade Jar Flour Shaker

  1. 1
    Smedette says:

    Thanks for featuring my photos, Marisa! I used another lid and jar to hold toothpicks.

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    Casey DelliCarpini says:

    This is just one of the slap-yourself-on-the-forehead ideas! So simple, yet so brilliant! Thanks!

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    Cynthia in Denver says:

    Oh joy! I keep a mason jar of baking soda next to the sink to clean my cast iron … this is perfect!

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    Savannagal says:

    Brilliant idea. Too bad I can’t buy one locally.

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    catherine says:

    In the name of frugality, you could take a regular lid and punch some holes in it with a hammer and nail.

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    Erica says:

    The shipping for just the jar lids is over $17 which seems extreme for a jar lid that costs 31 cents! I would love one of these lids, but no way would I pay that much for shipping.

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      Erica says:

      Sorry, I didn’t mean for my reply to sound like an attack on you. The lids are really neat. I think I may try to make my own like Catherine suggested, and I could even used a lid that would otherwise go in the trash.

      • Marisa says:

        Erica, no worries! I should have calculated shipping before suggesting Fillmore as a place from which to order. I had no idea that they didn’t have a lesser shipping charge! I sent them a note, asking if there was a way to have it shipped for less if people call rather than order over the phone.

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    LSP says:

    We had an old Fannie Farmer and an old Boston School cookbook that I loved to flip through when I was little. I still like to read the old recipes that nobody makes much anymore.

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    catherine says:

    I just took an old lid and punched some nail holes in it… it works great. Thanks for the awesome idea… I’m making sugar cookie cutouts today and it will be very helpful!

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    Jeanetta says:

    I have often thought of placing some window screening held on by the rings to use as shakers. This is much more pleasing to the eye. A pity about the shipping. I wonder how hard it would be to make one with cutouts like these.

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    Brandee L says:

    If anyone still buys the “parmesan” cheese, those green lids can be used on jars.

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    Dave says:

    To keep everything fresh and moisture free, you could get a magnetic sheet at the hobby store, cut a round piece and stick it to the lid when not in use

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    Valera says:

    What a great idea…. just for kicks I tried a cheap hole punch from a craft store on a used snap lid and it worked like a charm… the used lid cost me nothing and is being recycled, and the cheap hole punch cost a couple bucks… worked brilliant, nice clean round holes… and no sharp edges on the lid from hammer and nail… 🙂

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