Giveaway: Chalk Tops from Masontops

June 29, 2015

chalk top boxes

One of the reasons that so many of us love canning jars is that they are so versatile. Sure, you can in them (and goodness knows, I certainly do). They’re also great to use as drinking glasses (during the summer, I try to drink at least three quarts of water a day and use a big green jar to help me keep track), as containers for leftovers, and to store grains, beans, and other pantry staples.

chalk tops on jars

As more people turn to canning jars for all sorts of tasks, more companies have sprung up to make the experience even better. One such business is Masontops. They started with a small line of products to make it easier to ferment in jars (their pickle pebbles and the pickle jar packing tool are both so smart, sturdy, and useful).

Recently, they added another product to their line. Called Chalk Tops, these storage (not canning) lids seal tightly with a conventional ring and can be written on again and again. I realize that many of you have made similar products by covering lids with chalk board paint, but I’ve found that those almost always end up with a dry finish that feels terrible to the touch. The lids made by Masontops are smooth, easy to write on, and erase cleanly.

chalk top boxes offset

This week, Masontops is offering up three sets of their Chalk Top combo packs for giveaway. Each set includes 8 regular mouth and 8 wide mouth Chalk Tops. They’ve also created a discount code for Food in Jars readers to use on their Amazon store. Use the code “FDINJARS” on an order of Chalk Tops, Pickle Pebbles, or the Pickle Packer and get 10% off your order.

Here’s how to enter the Chalk Top giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me how you use your mason jars. If all you do is can in them, that okay. But if you use them to hold your dish soap, pantry goods, leftovers, or morning coffee, I want to hear about it.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, July 5, 2015.
  3. Giveaway open to United States residents only.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: The Masontops folks send me a collection of their products for photography purposes. They did not provide any additional compensation for this post and all opinions expressed here are my own. 

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276 thoughts on "Giveaway: Chalk Tops from Masontops"

  • I use my jars to prepare breakfast oatmeal for the week, and I store coffee and nuts in the jars. I grab jars for everything now!

  • I store my varieties of dried food items as my different pasta in jars, brown and powdered sugar, fresh, dried spices / herbs, my homemade meat rubs, craft supplies, cotton balls, Q-tips, Band aids, I use them for freezing my homemade pumpkin,jams, etc. I also use jars to hold my loose change in.
    Canning jars come in handy in so many different ways.

  • I love my jars. I have them in every room and the garage. In the bathroom, they hold seashells from our trips, cotton balls, q-tips, anything and everything. In my craft room, I use a vintage jar for my vintage buttons. I can a ton of jam every year for Christmas gifts and this year I’ll be making bar-b-cue rubs and sauces for gift baskets.

  • My jars hold pantry items such as grains, beans, and herbs. They hold pens, spoons, borax in the bathroom to use as a tub, sink, and toilet scrub. They hold fermented vegetables, drinks. I freeze butter, pestos, and stocks in them, and this latter use would be most served by chalk lids, to tell all the different frozen liquids apart. What a great idea!

  • I use Mason jars to store my spices, baking soda, baking powder, yeast, spice rubs I make, homemade vanilla and dried beans of all sorts, salt and pepper handy to use right by my stove. I also so use them for homemade gifts. Chalk tops would be great. I’d love to win some and will buy some.

  • I love using Mason jars as flower vases on my outdoor tables. Think how beautiful your 4th of July cheese and Jam table would look with a mixed bouquet from your garden

  • I use my mason jars to not only can in, but also to store dry goods, such as quinoa, rice, oatmeal, etc. I find it much more organized-looking to have a line of mason jars than a bunch of half-empty stray bags!

  • We use canning jars for just about everything – canning, herbs & spices, pantry staples, vinegars, leftovers, salad dressing, freezer storage, to hold change, sewing notions, pens & pencils, cotton balls & q-tips, etc…we drink out of them, make & store kahlua for the holidays, use them as a shaker to make mixed drinks, make & store homemade cleaners. I even soak my seed garlic in a jar for a couple hours before planting it in the fall.

  • I have nice glasses, so I don’t need to drink beverages out of canning jars. But I do use them when I want to boil liquids in the microwave, such as keeping pickling brine hot, and I used old ones with questionable seals to store seeds, herbs, and other items.

  • I love mason jars! I have a collection that includes purple, aqua, green and many antique jars. We use them as flower vases, to hold coffee beans, drinking glasses, food gifts from our garden and kitchen, and of course, canning. I can never have enough!

  • Jars serve a multitude of purposes in my home. Not only are they canning jars, they hold sewing notions, home-made laundry soaps, dried goods, herbs from my gardens and my honey’s summer drinks!

  • Is there anything I don’t use jars for? Canning, leftovers, drinking glasses, craft supply storage, painting…

  • I keep finding more uses for my jars….canning, drinking, storing salad dressings…keep the good ideas comin!

  • I feel like I use my mason jars for everything. I use them to can, hold dry goods, crafts, hold soap. The list can go on and on.

  • I use my mason jars for just about everything – canning, pickling, storage…and sometimes drinking. I love them! It would be nice to have these tops because the ones I have on my flours, baking soda, eye are on the side and wipe off with repeated handling. These would not because they are on the top! So much better….

  • I use my canning jars for canning, leftovers, spice and herb blends I make, use different sizes for different components of lunches that I pack for work and school, dried fruit and beans, homemade granola, nuts, loose leaf tea, popcorn, homemade dog treats and so much more. I use jars from 4 oz up to half-gallon size. Love my mason jars!

  • In addition to all the uses mentioned in the article, I use a widemouth canning jar with my stick blender to make fresh mayonnaise and whipped cream.

  • I am the same way – I use my jars for everything! Canning, leftovers, drinking water, making cold-press coffee, eating overnight oatmeal. I love the chalk top idea!

  • I just got these over the weekend and love them! I use my jars for canning of course but also pantry items. Flower vases. Storing leftovers. Packing meals to eat on the go. The possibilities are endless! More chalk tops would be awesome!

  • These jar lids are so cute! I generally use my jars just for canning, but occasionally I will use them for vases or drinking glasses or a snack for school.

  • I would love to use them for canning (because how cute and convenient would that be!), but they would be so great for storing all the things around my kitchen that I usually use mason jars for, anything from: nutmeg, nuts, simple syrups, sauces, etc!

  • These are really cool, usually I just write o the jar with a marker. I use my jars for everything canning, pantry, leftovers, salad dressing, buttons lets see what did I leave off the list. 🙂

  • Besides canning, all of my pantry staples and dried beans are in mason jars in my glass door cabinets =)

  • I love chalkboard anything! I used paint to make signs for a garden tour last summer, bought labels to use on jam I made for gifts at holiday & got tags for jars this summer. But this is the COOLEST! Perfect for jars. Any size! Can’t wait to use!!

  • Wow, what don’t I use them for? First of all canning and storage. I use the old blue ones for flower & herb vases. My old wide mouth ones I’ve used in winter to force paper white bulbs. Love to take the half pints to parties with dessert inside. Love them with a layered trifle . Put my hat in the ring for this cool give a way ,thanks . C.

  • For years, I have used Mason Jars to store my pantry items. Rice, barley, beans, peas, spices. You name it.

  • Can’t do w/o mason jars. Use them for everything, from canning, storing all my flours, rice, cereal, to making sun tea. I have taken them to picnics with individual salads & desserts in them, no mess, no fuss. Love the idea!!! Can’t wait to try them!

  • I use them for canning, storing dried garden produce including beans, herbs and fruit, displaying fresh cut flowers…. These lids look SO handy!!

  • I use them for canning, for fridge storage, to make and store homemade salad dressings, and so many other things!!!

  • At work each of our labs takes charge of a weekly coffee hour several times a year. I like to do a Jam Session. I gather up the toasters from home and friends and get all the kinds of bread etc that folks like to toast. I bring jam. I’ve had years when I’ve made a dozen or so kinds and have gotten certified to teach preserving in the community. Its been a life long passion.
    For the Jam Session its always been a problem to identify which jam is which even with the labels on the jars. I think these Chalk Tops would be just what we need! High contrast, can make the letters BIG and since we are a University, the chalk board theme is perfect.
    I’d love to have some.

  • Although I am just beginning to get interested n actual canning of food I have always had a few mason jars hanging around – some store my tie dye solutions between projects, some make pretty vessels for may sugar scrubs, some house homemade snow globes, and my daughter’s favorite is a “mug” for her sweet tea !

  • Oh yes, I use mason jars for everything! Beside canning, I use them for storing bacon fat, small pkgs of grain, and we also use them as our drinking glasses! My littlest uses half pint jars, the two older use pint jars, and the hubs and I use regular mouth quart jars.

  • Mostly canning, of course, but I also store beans and grains in them. I use old Bonne Maman jam jars (what I used to eat before I started canning my own) as drinking glasses. 🙂

  • I mostly use jars for canning, but I do keep dried food in them too… Right now I have strawberries and apples!

  • Besides my (usually) delicious jams, my jars hold grains and other dry kitchen ingredients, plus lately I’ve loved using the quart jars as vases when I bring home fresh flowers from farmers market!

  • Mason jars are becoming my best friend!! They are in my cabinet and refrigerator storing pasta, oatmeal, couscous, quinoa, baking soda, bay leaves, homemade dressing, homemade sauces. The use of these jars is unlimited. Also I use them for their purpose to can veggies, jams, sauces.

  • Lately I’ve been using my jars to hold cold brew loose tea. Both of my tea filters have big enough lips to hang on the top of the jar and one of them even allows me to loosely screw the lid on during steeping.

  • Other than canning, use my jars mostly for freezing leftovers. Use the really large ones to store dry beans, grain, nuts, etc in pie safe.

  • I can everything with my jars, but I also use them for drinking glasses, and decorations. I have tied burlap around them and attached some dried flowers to put on my counters in my kitchen.

  • I mainly use my jars for canning, but my favorite trick is storing strawberries! I just rinse them, trim off the stem, pop therm into a quart jar and screw on the lid. They stay fresh in the fridge for over a week!

  • I use my jars to make suntea (I have my parents old half gallon jars), hold oats for oatmeal, nuts to snack on, chocolate chips, & even homemade body butter (in the wide, short jars). Having those chalk lids would be great!☺ Thank you.

  • Because we don’t have matching glassware and because I ALWAYS have a stash of canning jars, they (along with my beautiful tie dyed napkins become the good glassware when a lovely select table is called for.

  • I love using mason jars to hold just about anything that will fit, as soon as i get home from the grocery I take whatever I can out of its plastic bag/wrapping and put in a mason jar. It looks so much better and tastes better that way I think!

  • I’m very practical when it comes to Mason jars. Canning yes! Especially jam and tomatoes in the summer. (All day yesterday was apricot jam! ) When I organized my pantry I priced out storage jars, and even IKEA containers were more than Mason jars. Plus how can you beat the seal of the Mason jar? That’s why these chalkboard labels are great! They would be perfect for organizing!

  • I use my canning jars, both new and antique to organize ALL of my suitable baking, candy making, gingerbread house making ingredients (which is an outrageous number). If it doesn’t need to be refrigerated or frozen (I find jars don’t do well in the freezer) and does well being removed from the original packaging, then it goes in the appropriate size jar. Some things, like fondant and a few other things I prefer to leave in the seal packages. I also store some very small, tiny items such as little containers of “disco dust”, pearl dust, etc., in canning jars. The containers for each color are only about the size of a nickle and about an inch high. Numerous ones can fit in a quart canning jar and MUCH easier for me to find. There are a FEW things even in baking I don’t remember from the original container, like the baking powder. I like the tin edge which is used to level my teaspoon. I would say 85 to 90% of the ingredients are in jars. It’s been SO nice since I worked all winter beginning after the holidays on this project.

  • I use mason jars to hold fresh herbs on my windowsill, I make iced tea in quart-size jars, I use jelly jars to hold makeup brushes, cotton swabs, cotton balls in the bathroom, I store rice, bread crumbs, cornmeal, and other dry goods in jars, And I can with mason jars.

  • I used my Mason jars for just about everything (including canning!) from drinking glasses, storing grains and nuts, and holding flowers. I use some chalk-paper labels but these toppers would be very useful!

  • I use them for canning (of course!) but also for infusing vinegars or vodkas, storing grains and pastas, storing flour, for making yogurt, and for storing fresh ground coffee.

  • I use mason jars to can of course, and also to store dry goods. I also use them to store office supplies and sewing supplies. I make a ring out of copper wire, wrap around the jar just under the threads and then stick it through the holes on a pegboard in my closet to hold jewelry.

  • I use mine for my daily coffee at the local coffee shop (part of their unlimited mug club). I don’t have to generate daily waste, and I even got a compliment on my coffee “mug” just this morning!

  • What a clever idea! I would definitely use them for canning. Also, they would be helpful in identifying when leftovers where put in the refrigerator by adding a date to the lid.

  • Besides canning I use my jars for drinking glasses and storage in the pantry. Usually beans and home-dried herbs. These tops look fun!

  • Nothing’s cuter than a mixed bouquet from my wildflower garden in a Mason jar. I’m steadily moving all my food storage from plastic to glass, so anything that fits goes into a jar. I’ve lately gotten into infusions, so I have an Italian herb/vodka infusion going and a jalapeno/cumin/honey infusion going in separate Mason jars. I use a quart jar to carry cold-brewed coffee to the office for my daily fix(es) of iced coffee. I use dry-erase labels on my jars now, but think chalk tops would result in fewer accidental erasures.

  • Everything. As the vessel for the blender, as the container for the homemade laundry detergent, as the container for my iced coffee, as my water cup at my desk, as the storage containers for nuts, as the storage container for ground coffee, as my lunch box and, as soon as I get some wire, as citronella candle holders for outside.

    Oh yes. And I can!!

  • i store buttons and small scraps of fabric in them when im quilting , they look so pretty with all the colorful fabric in them

  • I used mason jars just for storage for years, but as of a week ago, I can in them, too. (I can already tell it’s going to be an addiction: in less than I week, I’ve made 5 pints of various jams.)

    Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  • Gracious – what don’t I use them for? I use them for packing my lunch, leftovers, storing dry goods in the pantry, freezing veggies, leftovers, soup; as drinking glasses; for measuring my water for my tea in the morning; storing homemade face powder, homemade lotion.

  • We use them for plant vases to decorate the table, to hold dried herbs from the garden, and to make canned goods (pickles, pickled jalapenos, jam, etc). I usually use a white label for the tops so these chalk labels would be great!

  • I use my jars for everything. Vases, art supply containment, dry goods, leftovers, canning, feeding my bees, everything. I love the idea of chalk tops. It would make my life a lot easier.

  • I use them for a lot, and that list is growing all the time! Canning, of course. Leftovers for lunches to take to work, dry good storage (especially the bigger jars). They hold pens/pencils, they hold hot tips from my woodburning, and sometimes flowers from my kids. Tea, drinking cups…so much!

  • I have a blue jar with cuppow for my beverages in the car. I have a jar I use to hold my hair sticks. And one jar is currently starting a pineapple plant. Oh, and my yogurt making jar is waiting to make another batch.

  • What don’t I use mason jars for?? Transporting dressings, making whipped cream, storing small skewers, storing my spare rubber bands, keeping pantry items safe from bugs, lunch for my lunchbox, freezing fresh squeezed juice from my passionfruit vines, my garden seeds live in mason jars too!
    The chalk lids are genius. I am continually using masking tape…this is so much easier.

  • In addition to canning and storage, I use my mason jars as prep bowls for cooking. The funnel makes it easy to put ingredients into any size jar.

  • Mainly I can in them, but I also use for storage & they are great for making salad dressings. Since the jars have a tight seal I can add all the ingredients & just shake it well. Mixes & stores perfectly.

  • Like others, I can in them and use them for dry good storage. My homemade spice mixes go in them. My favorite way to use them now is for making my summer fruit liqueurs! The big jars are great for steeping fruit in vodka or everclear. Yum! I love the idea of chalk lids. No more masking tape!

  • I use my canning jars mainly for canning, but I do make special treats – salads, cheesecakes, desserts, etc. to share with co-workers. I also use them for my scrapbooking “sparkles”, beads, ribbons etc. SO many great uses!!

  • I use my jars for storage of all types. Freezing in them, storage of dry goods, buttons and the best of all is my dried flowers/plants for dyeing. I am a natural dyer and glass jars are perfect for storage until I want/can use them.

  • I usually use jars for canning, but when they chip I use canning jars for everything else. To hold coffee, herbs, seeds, flowers, etc.

  • I love my canning jars. I use them for steeping my herbal oils and tinctures, which steep for 6 weeks or so. I store my staples in them, so nice to see in the cabinets. I use them for carrying lunch items and drinks to work. I use them in the freezer for freezing broths, nuts, bread crumbs, tomatoes, and berries. I have a few of the old true blue ball jars, which I just display because I like to look at them. They put a smile on my face.

  • I love my canning jars! In my pantry, I store tea bags and dry pasta in them. In the bathroom, a vintage canning jar holds cotton balls and another has extra buttons. I ferment pickles in the quart size jars and I can in all sizes. I have some older jars that I display or use as vases.

  • I use canning jars for many different things. Canning, pantry items, dehydrated food items, homemade balms, homemade almond milk….the list goes on and on!

  • Initially just canning, but I’ve been slowly moving towards using them for storing dry goods and such in the kitchen 🙂

  • My small collection of vintage half-pint jars have recently been my go-to wine glasses. Though I really do use my jars for everything from canning to mixing homemade cleaners!

  • I use jars to can for my family and extended family. It is hard to have enough for keeping up with my canning habit let alone be able to use them for other things, but when they become old and tired I get to use them for whatever I need. Funny how you can just look at a jar and feel grounded…hmmm…happy place 🙂

  • My canning jars are used to store dry food, dehydrated food, homemade beauty products and some canning products. I love being able to see what I have and how much I have in those jars. I don’t have a pantry, but just open my cupboards and gaze at those gleaming jars….

  • i use jars for canning of course, but then i also infuse all kinds of yummy boozy stuff. i use jars for my dried herbs and flowers. i use jars for pantry foods. i’m a jar junkie just sayin”. would love these tops.

  • Those chalk lids are cool. I’m currently using permanent marker on my plastic screw on lids. My jars are for lacto pickles, homemade chutney, shaking up salad dressing. I’m still using the glass peanut butter jars from my childhood and glass Ovaltine jars (I wish I had saved more of these!)

  • That is so brilliant I could kick myself for not thinking of it first, using blackboard paint to paint tops.

    Aside from canning which I do most, I also store small quantities of specialty flours. Right now I have hazelnut flour in one and quinoa flour in another. I also have half a dozen each holding a different kind of chopped nut.

  • I use mason jars to hold my dried fruit, grains, homemade granola… and have many for canning, too! I use one to bring my granola and yogurt (with a Cuppow) to work for breakfast. I’ve also made lemonade in a quart jar. I love jars!

  • In addition to the normal food related storage things that are usually done with jars, I also use them to hold some of my spinning fibers. It’s an easy way to ensure that they remain moth free!

  • Of course I use them for canning: jams, marmalade, fruit butter, etc., as well as pickles, relish, and chutney. But I also use them for pantry items like dried beans, rice, bread crumbs and the like. I keep my prized stash of vanilla beans standing in a tall narrow Welk jar with an inch of spiced rum in the bottom. When a recipe calls for real vanilla I pull one out, snip off one end, and squeeze the pod – the vanilla beans ooze out like toothpaste (and what harm could that little bit of rum flavor possibly do?!). And most important of all, I keep DOG TREATS in a quart-sized jar out on the counter for my Milo and Harley!