Giveaway: Strainer Lids for Mason Jars

four strainer lids

Sometimes, someone will email me to tell me about a new mason jar product that they’ve designed and I’ll think, “Yes! I’ve always wanted that!” Such is the case with these stainless steel wire mesh lids. So often, I’ve wished for an easy way to strain from a jar, or a quick way to turn a small mason jar into a parmesan cheese shaker for parties, and now, here it is!

angle view of lids

Other ideas for these lids include using them to sprout beans and seeds, or any time you want an easy way to soak and then strain things (prepping small amounts of beans for adding to soup springs immediately to mind). I’m really curious though, how could you see something like this being useful in your life?

strainer lid on jar

For this week’s giveaway, I have ten (yep, ten!) of these lids to share with you guys. Here’s how to enter!

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me how you would use one of these lids in your kitchen.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Saturday, July 25, 2015. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, July 26, 2015.
  3. Giveaway open to United States and Canadian residents. Void where prohibited.
  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 nice woman who produces these lids sent me some for testing, photography, and giveaway purposes. No additional compensation was provided for this post and all opinions expressed here are my own. 

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430 responses to “Giveaway: Strainer Lids for Mason Jars”

  1. Great for holding potpourri. Allows the scent out, but protects from spills and moths. My mom used to make alfalfa sprouts with one of these way back in the day. It’s nice to see them again.

  2. For Sugar and cinnamon for toast, or flour for baking, or powder to keep the stickiness at bay in the hideous humidity of DC.

    I can think of LOTS of things to do with these!!

  3. I would love to use this for cold brew coffee! I actually like the bit of sludge at the bottom that a fine-meshed cheesecloth strains out.

  4. i would use them for making iced tea. I usually make single servings but have to strain out the loose tea leaves. Would also be great for sifting flour onto buttered cake pans or powdered sugar dustings on cakes.

  5. I would love to try these strainer tops. I love to can all kinds of fruits, veg. and meats. I am all the time using a strainer when canning, especially for fruits that have seeds in them. I could use these strainer tops instead. I could think of numerous ways I could use them in the kitchen. They would work great as a shaker for powered sugar or parmesan cheese.

  6. Hoping the screen is small enough to strain out raspberry seeds — we had a huge amount of wild black raspberries this year and Farmer wanted seedless jelly (after I made quite a lot of seeded jam versions). Would like to find a simpler way to strain the pulp to get the juice — hoping I could just put the crushed pulp in the jar and then shake out the juice…worth a try…

  7. To make masa from organic cornmeal. I can’t get organic masa in my town, but trying to deal with the lyewater with cheesecloth is a bit of an ordeal.

    It would be useful for lots of other things as well, but allowing me to nixtamalize corn so I can make lovely fresh corn tortillas would be the MOST amazing and important.

  8. I would love one for sprouting! I have sprouting jar tops, but the wholes are just too big. The best luck I’ve had is using a mesh nut bag sealed over the top of a mason jar with canning rings. Works well-but I’d bet this would be even better!!

  9. I’d no doubt use it for shaking spice mixes and making tea and all the other good stuff mentioned above. But today it would have come in really handy with FIXING MISTAKES!

    I was trying to make a batch of nocino, but I skipped a rather important instruction in the recipe. I’d put the quartered green walnuts into a giant mason jar, added the three cups of sugar, the whole spices, and vodka. THEN AND ONLY THEN did i see the step BEFORE all that, which said “soak the quartered walnuts overnight.” THEN you drain the water and add all the other stuff.

    My husband held the one round strainer we own over a big bowl and we poured everything out, bit by bit, until we got the sugared/spiced vodka mostly separated from the walnuts. A strainer lid might have made this a bit easier, allowing us to hold the jar and let the sugar/vodka to drain without worrying the walnuts would suddenly make a break for it.

    I am already imagining the other near-disasters this lid might help me salvage!

  10. Powdered sugar shaker definitely! Also like the small batch bean soaking idea. And I’ve been making cold-brew ice tea which would be convenient well depending on how well you can pour through them.

  11. Sometimes, I take a mason jar and shake together baking soda and lavender essential oil. Then I pour it through a strainer over our mattresses and carpet, wait an hour and then vacuum it up to freshen the beds and/or carpet. This would make it much easier. It would also be great to fill with homemade potpourri and freshen a room.

  12. I’d use it for baking. Dusting flour, powdered sugar and cocoa.
    It would come in handy when I’m starting my seeds in the early spring and need to soak the seeds before planting.

  13. what wouldn’t I use this for? pretty nifty. I would go for sprouts first. And, how easy would it be to strain pickle brine? very nice. very nice.

  14. Yes! I have been looking for these! The kids love to catch bugs in jars but solid lids are sure and swift death. I want to give them a few breathable lids like this!

  15. Lots of great ideas in the comments! When I first saw them, I thought they’d be great for sprouts! I have jars, but am needing screens. These would be perfect!

  16. These look wonderful! I’m always straining small amounts of things (like frozen vegetables that I’ve reheated) to feed to my toddler. They’d be great for so many other things, too!

  17. There’s so many uses! Topping the list for me is homemade air freshener, sprouts, soaking beans, and anyway to make straining fruit easier.

  18. Wow! What a fun idea! I seem to remember people sprouting beans in something like this back in the ’70’s. I could come up with all kinds of fun, food related ideas, but I believe my boys would use it as a ready-made lid for a bug jar!

  19. i’d use them to help me sprout seeds for sprouts on my lunch sandwiches. also in the sugar role varroa mite test for my beehives.

  20. Everyone has such terrific ideas on using the mason jar strainer lid.

    I think another useful application would be in the garden! I garden organically and one thing I use is diatomaceous earth (DE) or I make up a spray mixture of very dilute vinegar, hot peppers and garlic (dVHPG). The strainer lid would let me sprinkle the DE around the base of the plants. It also would let me strain my batches of dVHPG more easily before decanting the liquid into a spray bottle.

  21. I can think of two things that I could use this shaker top for but it would not be for traditional or more popular uses. 1. put my farmers market fresh mushrooms in the jar (mushrooms sweat away in plastic) and the shaker top would allow air in. 2, when the little ones ‘collect flying critters’ that need the air!

  22. Ohh.. these are lovely! They could be used in fermentation as well as being used as a strainer.. I could also use one to plant tiny seeds… Im excited. I NEED a few of these! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  23. These would be so very handy!! Love this idea! I would use them as shakers for powdered sugar or cheese. Plus, love the soaking beans and grains Idea, too! Probably think of a thousand uses once you have them in the kitchen!!

  24. well, along with all the wonderful ideas you state in your posting and the ideas before me, I would use it to strain the liquid out of the jars in my fridge. instead of holding the lid to the side and hoping none of the contents spill into the sink, this would allow me to drain the jar of pickles and keep the pickles in the jar 🙂 Do they come in wide mouth?

  25. Let me count the ways! Sprouting of course, straining herbal infusions, for muddled amazing cocktails, for shaking powdered sugar and grated cheeses… It will get a work out!

  26. would use for sourdough starters or use for Sprouting or use as a strainer or if a bee keeper it would work great doing a sugar roll test; is a simple way to monitor your varroa mite loads without killing a lot of bees.

  27. This lid would be useful to keep the fridge or freezer fresh smelling–quarter or half pint jar filled with baking soda topped with this lid!

  28. i think I’d try using these to cover my kombucha brew (I can’t tell if the holes are small enough to be fly-proof). Alternatively, I’d definitely cover brining veggies or soaking beans!

  29. I think they’d make a great shaker for powdered sugar, plain sugar to sprinkle on desserts and cookies, and great for a strainer for my homemade herb teas.

  30. Wow, I could think of all kinds of ways. First thing that came to mind was for a dill pickle recipe that calls for resting “uncovered” on the counter for a few days. Awesome idea!

  31. Soooooooooooo many ideas…as a powdered sugar shaker, sprouting. washing and draining blueberries, grapes an other smaller fruits. Maybe even to hold some kitchen potpourri!

  32. I would use this strainer lid for making chia sprouts and also for when I make refrigerator iced tea with loose tea.

  33. Wow! I was just thinking the other day about how nice it would be to have a shaker lid on my mason jar…..and then I see this! Brilliant!!!

  34. These are great! As a mason jar (and accessories) fan, I can think of lots of uses. Thanks for the opportunity!

  35. I would use it for making cold brew coffee. I like to filter twice, once through mesh and once through paper.

  36. I have always dreamed of having a strainer lid for my herbal tea concoctions! WOW and here it is! You go girl for creating this!

  37. I’d use them as a strainer for infused water….no need to get out another piece of kitchen equipment or cheescloth to strain bits of fruit and herbs out of my muddled water!

  38. I’d use it all kinds of ways — to shake cocoa powder or powdered sugar on top of sweets, for one. Depending on how tight the mesh weave is, it would also make a great flower frog i.e. put little flowers between the holes so they stand up for a nice bouquet-in-a-jar. Thanks for the giveaway.

  39. So many things: beansprouts, confectionery sugar, potpourri, brewing tea, baking soda in fridge. The list goes on & on!!

  40. Shaker Lids ~ Great Idea!
    They would be so helpful in the kitchen (as a dusting): all-purpose flour, confectioners’ sugar, cinnamon/sugar breakfast treat, and chocolate cocoa powder. Thanks for a useful giveaway.

  41. When I was in Europe, I watched bakers shake powdered sugar over desserts in lieu of frosting. That’s how I would use the strainers. Oh yes – and for sprouting seeds!

  42. I would keep the shaker lid equipped jar by my kitchen sink filled with Borax. I use it for cleaning. Thank you.

  43. I would strain liquor out from jars filled with fruit/liquor/herbs/etc. so that I didn’t have to fish out the fruit before making the martini!

  44. So many great ideas! I could see using them on the 12-oz jars to keep cut carrots and celery (or other cut veggies) in water; drain when ready and cover with a solid lid for carrying. Or for rinsing a jar-full of berries or cherries and then covering them for transport.

  45. I can think of so many uses for these.From straining tea infusions,draining pickle jars,sprouts,and for use as a sprinkling jar with ingredients from sugar ,flour,spices to grated cheese.Theses might be just the thing for rinsing homemade butter as well.

  46. This isn’t a contest entry, just a comment – I have a stainless steel wire mesh cover for a wide mouth jar, which I bought about 10 years ago. So…

    I bought mine at the health food store, it was designed to use with a jar to sprout seeds. I never use mine (even for sprouts), LOL.

  47. I’d use it to steep loose tea for ice tea base. I’ve been looking for an idea to do this. The tea balls aren’t big enough. You have to use three of them. I think this would work!!! Keeping my fingers crossed!

  48. I would use these in so many ways – sifting, straining – or for my grandson to use when catching fire flies – to be released later of course 🙂

  49. I I have been infusing vodka this summer, with all sort of things: blueberries and smashed cinnamon sticks, pits from sour cherries- I would use the strainer tops to pour my delicious new concoctions!

  50. I would probably use this for powdered sugar. It would be great if the strainer was nylon and not metal because then I could use it for straining out my kefir granules.

  51. Love the confectioners sugar idea! Or the cheese! Or straining liquids! Wow…..if I win one, maybe I’ll make a list of things I have discovered to use it for! School is about to start with my classroom……wonder how I could use it there????? 🙂

  52. I love the idea of sprinkling powdered sugar with these. I also make my own coconut sugar and coconut salt whenever I use a whole coconut, and these would make a great shaker for that too!

  53. Powered Sugar Shaker, Cinnamon Sugar Shaker, seed sprouting, Homemade Herb Salt Shaker, so much stuff that is possible. All hail the Mason Jar!

  54. Shake! Shake! Shake! Sugars: powdered, brown, or white. Or cocoa. Onto cakes, cookies, puddings, ice creams, pies, or whatever your taste buds desire. Flour up a rolling surface, for pizza or pies or rolling cookies. Just reading previous suggestions fills the imagination for so many varied uses.

  55. Just yesterday I strained the last of the brine out of a jar of pickled cherries (your recipe), to keep the peppercorns out of my drink. One of these lids would have really come in handy!

    P.S. Those pickled cherries are magical.

  56. They’d be perfect for straining coffee grounds and tea leaves out of cold brewed coffee and tea. Also might be a great way to keep sourdough starter 🙂

  57. Immediately I think it would serve as the first pass for my iced coffee. But maybe also for maple sugar? I’ll tell you what – you send me one of these and I’ll report back with all the ways I use it! 😉

  58. I love Diana’s idea above for straining tea. I imagine it would work for cold brewed coffee too. I would certainly put cinnamon sugar in one to use on toast and cereal and things like that every day.

  59. Just the other day I was thinking I needed a shaker for powdered sugar, for brownies and such. This would be perfect!

  60. Straining water after soaking beans. I hate having to wash the strainer and trying to get bits of bean skin out. These look far easier to clean.

    Also loving the tea strainer idea.

  61. I would love to have a nice set of lids for sprouting. I’m sprouting every week but I have just one strainer, and use it for multiple jars of beans and seeds.

  62. Sprouting seeds! I have one gigantic sprouting jar, but I’d love to be able to sprout several types in smaller quantities all at once! Ingenious!

  63. So many great ideas already….! I would use this for shaking flour or powered sugar. Ohh…I want to go back something right now!

  64. I would use it for rinsing small grains like rice and millet before cooking. In fact it is the PERFECT thing for that annoying but vital job. If you don’t rinse well, the grains cook up too gummy, and just not right. But repeatedly rinsing and draining is a real chore with most kitchen strainers. I have at least six, and none works well for this task. I’ll probably buy one of these lids if I don’t win. Or maybe I’ll try to make one!

  65. I would use it to strain liquid from my home canned goods before use in the recipe. But also for flour when making pie or bread. Thanks for the giveaway.

  66. Oh I can see these being great for infusions! I love experimenting with infused vinegars and liquors, and these screens look fine enough to strain out all the solids when the experiments are done! Great idea!

  67. I would use this for making iced tea. Currently after I have the jar sit in the fridge with the tea leaves and water, I have to pour it through a strainer. But with this I could just pour it through the lid! One less thing to juggle!

  68. I love sprouts and would use it for sprouting. I also make infused liqueurs and can see this being handy for that too!

  69. Straining the liquids out of my canned tomatoes so I can use the juice to cook with or save it for later before adding the tomatoes!

  70. These would be great to help strain different tinctures and herbal vinegars/oils that I make throughout the year.

  71. I’m echoing previous comments–I’d use it for powdered sugar dusting. I’d also try it for iced tea, but I’m concerned that leaving tea leaves in for long might get bitter.

  72. Wow! So handy! I’ve needed a new one of these for a while, but I’m kind of picky. I love that they are stainless steel. Unhealthy uses come to mind first (powdered sugar, sprinkles…), but I’m sure the healthy uses won’t be far behind. Ha!

  73. I grow many different kinds of peppers, including several paprikas, that I dehydrate and grind into pepper powders and spice mixes. These strainer lids would be so great for sifting the powders and using as shaker tops!

  74. very cool idea! i would use this for draining my cannned goods when needed, or cinn/sugar, or powdered sugar shaker. the ideas would be immense once i had one of these to test with.

  75. Oh, cool! Even though it has so much history, I would replace the stainless steel shaker that my family has used for cinnamon-sugar since I was born (and probably before I was born!).

  76. Will probably continue to use the plastic ones for sprouting (it’s just such a habit!) but these would be wonderful for “sifting” small amounts of flour et al. Much better than the way I am currently doing it – by either avoiding anything which requires real sifting, skipping it, or using a strainer. (The sifter is just too difficult to manage with arthritic hands most days.)

    Must have! Add me to the list of those who will buy them even if not a lucky winner.

  77. So many great ideas. Bean sprouting, rinse and strain rice, sifter/shaker. I would use it for all of the above.

  78. I’ve had a pair of something like these for nearly 40 years, mostly used for bean sprouts, but they’re just about worn out these days. And the nice fine mesh on these look wonderful! I wonder if they would work for draining yoghurt for greek-style yoghurt or yoghurt cheese?

  79. My first thought was powdered sugar for dusting desserts. Then I read a comment about flour for dusting pie dough and bread dough when kneading. I would definitely use them for that.

  80. I would totally use them for our new discovery – rosemary infused gin! Hmm – or any of the shrubs we are planning on making this summer!

  81. I would use them for sprouting jars for healthy grains for meals. So easy to wash and drain the sprouts as they grow.

  82. Awesome product! i would use this for draining my canned goods when needed, or for homemade teas or to use as a shaker top for my spices. The possibilities are endless.

  83. Cinnamon sugar comes to mind, first. I think it would work well for baking soda in the fridge. I’m constantly amazed at the new products for canning jars and can’t wait to see what someone will come up with next!

  84. Flour shaker, powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, homemade spice blends and dry rubs. I also use baking soda pretty frequently in my house cleaning and this would be good for shaking on a nice even layer.

    • I would use them for soaking and straining almonds to make my homemade almond milk. This would make it easier because I can make big batches directly in the mason jars and then store them. I would also use them for my kids fruits and veggies to strain after I clean them.

  85. My top two would definitely be straining things I’ve steeped or soaked (tea, dried items, etc) and rinsing rice/barley that is hard to work with in a colander. I’ve been debating purchasing a mesh strainer but for 95% of my tasks these would work so much better.

  86. All of the comments on how to use this lid strainer product are all great. I would use it for dehydrated products that I preserve to allow me to shake out over a pizza, stew, soup, etc. Great tool for so many things!

  87. Just found your book! It’s been helping thru my first ever summer of canning. Love these mesh lids. Would use them to strain fresh fruit sauces.

  88. Straining my canned peaches and also for sprinkling powdered sugar. A great idea and product. Thanks for the giveaway!

  89. I make lots of herbal tinctures and these lids would be GREAT for a first step straining- out thru the mesh, thru the cheesecloth, and I wouldn’t dump any on the counter!

  90. Ooh, I hope I win one! I’d use it mainly for straining things like beans.

    This past week I was on vacation and I made the slow cooker blueberry butter from your first book – it was good!

  91. I’m doing the Canadian happy dance here! 2 things come to mind right away. 1) for shaking maple sugar onto yogourt/oatmeal etc. 2) when making different fruit soda concentrates, for helping strain out solids! Such a cool idea!

  92. I would use this as a flour shaker for sprinkling on to countertops before rolling out pastry, and for straining coffee grounds when I make cold brew coffee!

  93. These would be so perfect for my iced tea! I could stop trying to carry one of those silly ball strainers that always get crushed in my bag!

  94. I would definitely use them as a shaker for powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, etc, but I love to bring in flowers from the garden. I might sacrifice on and make the holes bigger to use it to hold up a bouquet of flowers that is not big enough to hold up itself. Like an upside down “frog”. It is brilliant, so thanks for sharing them with us.

  95. I just learned I can’t have dairy anymore so I was looking into making nut milks and oat milks. These lids would be perfect for soaking the oats and then straining the liquid out.

  96. Sprouting is the first thing that comes to mind. Then so-many-others that I won’t try to list them. AND I’ve gotten even more ideas from everyone else’s comments.

  97. I make marshmallows and store the coating (cornstarch and powdered sugar) in a mason jar, would love to have a strainer top to make it into a shaker jar!

  98. Tea, using loose tea. The built in strainer would allow me to use loose tea leaves and then pour directly from the jar to a glass with ice or a tea cup for hot tea.

  99. These would be wonderful for sifting powdered sugar, sifting flour, and sprinkling sesame or poppy seeds on my bread and buns! Also straining things like macerated strawberries would be helpful, so the syrup can be added to my homemade ice cream base, like I did today with a messy strainer!

    I strain many jars of orange peels and other things when I make my extracts and liqueurs, and having one of these beauties on each jar would sure make it easy for me!

    Soaking beans overnight, then straining the water from a mason jar makes it more pleasant!

    Straining fruit when I make shrubs, which I am CRAZY about!

    I love this new product, and appreciate you sponsoring a giveaway! Thanks!

  100. Ooh, I can think of a number of things to use this for! Tea or other infusions, a shaker for flour or powdered sugar, or a fermentation cover to keep flies out. So many uses!

  101. I think first straining steeped herbs, but also to have a powdered sugar shaker when i am baking (which I do a lot). Like you I thought ‘brilliant’ (!) when i saw these. They should make a domed one too.

  102. For sprinkling powdered sugar, and or cinnamon sugar on toast. I also think it would be great to use outside of the kitchen with baking soda and essential oils, for mattresses, carpets, etc…

  103. I would use the tops on my herbs that I have dried. It would allow the air to circulate, but keep out any critters.

  104. I am going to be completely unoriginal from the previous commenter. I would use them for sprouts. What I like about sprouting in jars is I can see the process. The straining lid would make it easier to do.

  105. Spice shaker, cinnamon sugar shaker in the kitchen. I’d also use it in the bathroom for my baking soda/essential oil deodorant.

  106. this seems like one of the neater (as in less messy) ways to dust something with powdered sugar – which i generally do with a hand-held sifter, and it gets all over the place.

  107. It’s about time!!! I have the old plastic sprouting lids but they’re no good for finely grated cheese or other nifty things we put in jars. I would use them for shaking tapioca starch into my liquids, sprouting fine seeds like radish & cabbage, shaking baking soda onto my surfaces to be cleaned, shaking powdered sugar onto cookies, I could go on & on. I could use a dozen of those lids.

  108. I would use mine for baking with flour and powdered sugar! I would also do small batches of sprouts for myself and my parrots! lastly at this time I would strain the liquid in my own already canned mason jars of fruits and other foods! Thanks for having the give away!

  109. Definitely a powdered sugar shaker. We love to dust corn/blueberry pancakes with powdered sugar – a favorite summer breakfast!

  110. I make homemade Greek Yogurt every weekend and these would be perfect for draining the whey. Afterwards just pop on a regular lid and you have yogurt to go…..soooo cool!

  111. It would definitely work for dusting desserts with powdered sugar. My first thought though, was straining the juice off my canned tuna. Do these come in just regular, or also wide-mouth?

  112. Great idea! The mesh lids would be a tremendous help when making tinctures and even pourig off brine to get the last of the pickles out of a quart jar. The list could go on.

  113. Awesome! I would use for straining herbal tinctures, sprouting seeds, and powdered sugar. I could use several.

  114. nice! sprouting, maybe to cover making small batches of apple cider vinegar or saurkraut if the mesh is fine enough to keep out bugs

  115. A useful thing! I’d use one to make a flour sifter, and to make a powdered sugar sifter, neither of which I have.

  116. These would be awesome for making tea in my office. And for sprinkling powdered sugar on berries for the kids

  117. Honestly, the biggest use would probably be for my fruit liqueurs. I like to put berries into hard alcohol in small batches and see what flavors I can come up with for my cocktails for the month. This would help me skip a step of straining and then pouring back into the jar, then pouring into the jigger… I also think it would be a great way to pour vegetable juice right onto my potted plants and then use the veggies in my cooking. The juice from canning and steaming your veggies in the kitchen is great fertilizer once it’s cooled down.

  118. It would make a great sifter! The one we have is a bowl shaped one and if sifting over a small bowl, powders don’t always fall in the bowl. I often end up with a mess. This would solve my problem!

  119. OH My Gosh, so many ideas are going through my head..these are SO cool!!

    I would use one in the kitchen for powdered sugar, it would be perfect, I would also use them as gifts to my other mason jar lover friends 🙂

    thanks for an opportunity to win!

  120. I’m loving all the ideas here. I think I might use it mostly for straining small chopped pickles; chasing the remaining bits around in a jars is frustrating!

  121. I would definitely use it for sprouting and for soaking my SCOATS over night before cooking them up for breakfast. (SCOATS = Steel Cut OATS!) If I soak them in warm water over night, they will cook up perfectly in about 10 minutes by simmering in just enough milk to cover them. Currently I soak in a mason jar and then have to dump them into a metal strainer to rinse and drain them and then flip that into a pot and hope I don’t accidentally misjudge and throw SCOATS everywhere. Something I actually have done before!

  122. I work at the local library, and found your book, food in jars, while shelving. After I ran out of post-it notes to mark recipes I wanted to try, I decided I should order my own copy. I type ‘food in jars’ into the google search bar… and here I am. I have a circle of acquaintances who it seems are always looking for small batch recipes, and having this site as a resource is exactly what the librarian ordered!

    As for the screened jar lid, I store my garlic in a small jar on the counter, and that lid makes the perfect cat-stopper (occasionally, the cat decides to be a little furry jerk, get on the counter and fish cloves out of the jar to play with).

  123. The idea of soaking small amounts of beans resonates with me. I’d also like to try sprouting grains, but haven’t found a good setup yet.

  124. I make my own mixture of grilling spices; these tops would be great for sprinkling the seasoning mix at the grill. And for sprinkling powdered sugar and a host of other things!

  125. These would be great to have! I would have so many uses for them. Like you suggest, soaking beans for soup in the winter would be great, dusting cheese or powdered sugar, straining yogurt as another reader suggested, draining pickles – these would be so useful. I would love to see if straining yogurt would work well with this as I think that would be my favorite way to employ the lids.

  126. I would use these in baking to dust a pan with flour, or sift some confectioner’s sugar or cocoa powder onto deserts! It would be nice and easy for the kids to use as well to decorate their own!

  127. My first thought is as a “strainer” for rinsing beans or, say, quinoa….but I also like the idea of a shaker for powdered sugar, cocoa powder or cinnamon sugar… Or all three (separate jars, of course) as part of a baking armamentarium. What great lids!!

  128. I love the powdered sugar idea. I always like making homemade lemonade, too. This would probably be great for straining the seeds but leaving some of the pulp. 🙂

  129. All of the ideas sound wonderful. And because the lid is so easy to put on and take off we could all store more pantry items in jars and just shake out or dust then replace with our storage lid. No need to fuss with transfering.

  130. I would use it to strain tea and juices. It looks like a wonderful product. I would love to have one because it is stainless steel and would last a long time.

  131. Love these! I would use them for straining my pickled beets because when there is just a few left in the jar, I have to eat them all like candy!!

  132. I used to do alfalfa sprouts many years ago – this would have been great for that! Now, I see it as being perfect as a spice shaker – cinnamon, for example – or for powdered sugar. I’m also seeing lots more great ideas in the comments.

  133. I love the idea of using this to sprout seeds, however, a wide lid size would be most useful for that. Otherwise, I think this would be great as an easy way to strain out the “stuff” after making an infused vinegar.

  134. These would be excellent to squeeze lemons, limes, or juice oranges into and then strain out pulp and seeds. I like the cinnamon sugar idea. I also would use to strain the final juice out of a pickle jar when you are down to the last bits, or if you want some of that pickle juice to use on pasta salads or dressings.

  135. These would be great for cocoa or powdered sugar, just to have on hand ready for dusting over waffles, french toast, or just about anything, really.

  136. I love the sun tea and lemon juice suggestions! So that’s what I would use it for. (as well as lots of other things….)

  137. I have to agree with the other women. This lid is perfect for use as a sifter. My first thought was to use it for a flour sifter as I already have a sugar sifter. I like the way these women think especially the inventor.

  138. I would use it to strain the juice from my pickles and pickled okra so I wouldn’t be fishing around in all that liquid for that last beautiful pickle….

  139. These would be PERFECT for some blackberry sauce I just made. I didn’t strain out the sees ahead of time because they were so tiny, but now I’m wishing I had. This is just the way to do it.

    They would also be great for making apple cider vinegar or some kind of fermented hot sauce – so many possibilities!

  140. I would use this in my honey bee yard for mite control. I would also use for powdered sugar, flour, and sprouting!

  141. I’m a canning newbie (taking a class this Saturday!), so I could definitely use these to strain the juice/syrup from my newly canned creations!

  142. I’ve been wanting to try sprouting for some time, so that’s what my brain goes to first. I also make a lot of fruit infused alcohols, so this would be a great way to strain those too. So many uses!

  143. Sifting and straining. Cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar and all the good suggestions. Strain pickle juice for potato salad.

  144. I think they’d be great to snips of herbs in the fridge.

    Susan

    I love this blog. Looking forward to your book.

  145. For shaking powdered sugar, is the first thought I have, but wouldn’t it be nice to infuse salt or sugar in a jar, then switch out lids and shake? Or for herb infused lemonade, to strain the herbs out? Or … well, I think that’s enough : )

  146. I love mixing my own spices for seasonal veggies and fruits. This would be perfect for the sprinkling after the olive oil or right before popping items in the oven or on the grill. This way I could have my different mixes and just pop on the strainer top for whatever blend I am using. Looks like a great product.

  147. Wonderful idea, they could be used in so many ways. Straining, sifting,helping grow sprouts and even a child’s lighting bug jar …

  148. I would use these lids for straining liquids from my infused vinegars. I love your blog (and have tried many of the recipes!!)

  149. I’d love to use them to shake cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar over desserts, to strain any sort of liquid (maybe for the solids I’d like to discard after making chicken soup?), as an easy way to be lazy when I make mint lemonade and not worry about leaves or pits…there are so many possibilities!

  150. These would be great for straining my single serve cold brew coffee and for vinegar infusions! Plus I will use them for cinnamon sugar sprinkling. Depending on the size of the mesh they might even work for sprinkling decorating sugars on cookies.

  151. What immediately came to this grandma’s mind was”BUG JAR”! Grandma can I have a jar with holes for bugs,butterflys,etc. Love this. Thanks.

  152. So many ways to use these. Straining infused vinegars, coffee grounds for a cup of cold brewed coffee, spice mixes….the list goes on and on

  153. These are perfect for sprouting. Nice because they will last nicer and be cleaner than plastic, so you can use them for a long time. Sprouting is an econimical way to get fresh green into your diet and to help you stretch the good food you have canned! Saves money!

  154. These are perfect for sprouting. Nice because they will last nicer and be cleaner than plastic, so you can use them for a long time. Sprouting is an economical way to get fresh green into your diet and to help you stretch the good food you have canned! Saves money!

  155. Love these. Would use to strain the last of the pickle juice in a jar, strain off the liquids vegetables have in the jars, could use for flour so that it could be a shaker/sifter.

  156. Like the idea of using it to strain pickles – wondering if the size of the standard pickle jar would be the same as this so I could save a step?

  157. I looked at these and thought cute, but what would I do with it. Love the cheese shaker idea (or powdered sugar, or cinnamon and sugar). I’m imagining getting some chunkier salsa if I didn’t drain the tomatoes enough when I made it (and using the salsa juice to cook rice or marinate chicken).
    And while I could probably come up with 10 uses, I’d share a few with my best canning friends.

  158. I think using the jar as a cocktail shaker with the lid on and then screwing on the screen prior to pouring would be rather nifty!

  159. Wow!! I raise my own herbs & do my own sprouting so there are about 99 ideas & sprinkle cinnamon & sugar toppings on baking!

  160. I’ve been sprouting beans for awhile now, using two plastic mesh pieces and a canning lid. This would look so much nicer.

  161. I would use one of them to make a powdered sugar duster for french toast and cake baking and maybe another to drain canned corn and tomatoes. Fewer dishes to wash makes Jenny a happy girl!

  162. I would absolutely use this for sprouting beans. Or as a sugar duster. Or I’d find some other fabulously ingenious use!

  163. Ooooo, so many possibilities….it boggles the mind! I would be awesome though for straining any infused liquids…..could be handy for straining my Ginger Switchel!

  164. OMG! This is perfect! I would use it to clean small fruits in a jar, to strain picke juce to use for salads, to strain herbal teas… and for so many other things!

  165. I think I’d mostly use it for rinsing small amounts of fruits/veggies… I hate getting out my giant strainer.

  166. I would use these as individual loose tea pots. Everyone in my house like their own special blends. Put in tea, hot water and these tops would strain the leaves without having to refill teapots. Perfect

  167. I think I would use this when I am fermenting. It sure looks nicer than a scrap of cheesecloth and a rubber band or a coffee filter. These are so neat!

  168. Sprouts for sure! So much easier than cheesecloth. Also to strain geated veg’s/fruits I grate for flavored water.

  169. I’ve been looking for something like this for doing sprouts. I also think it would be great for a “Bug House” for those insects you or the little ones want to examine more closely without suffocating the wee beasts.

  170. What great lids to use for sprinkling flour…to make gravy…oil a cake pan, then ‘sprinkle’ with flour for a cake…’sprinkle’ my counter-top when rolling out pie dough or bread dough for rolls. Thank you!! 🙂

  171. Gosh, flour shaker, to drain canned anything that needed it, cinnamon and sugar, because I like a LOT on my toast 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway opportunity 🙂

  172. I would use them as shakers for the hot powders I like to make with dried onions, garlic and ghost peppers. Very spicy and a great way to warm up in the Minnesota Winters 🙂

  173. I buy garlic powder and onion powder in “bulk” and store them in canning jars. When I saw these I immediately knew they would be perfect on top of those jars. And then my mind started racing with ideas. Would love to know how to order some.

  174. Lots of great ideas for using this clever lid in the comments! I could see myself using it for rinsing and draining things like blueberries, as well as for dry applications like confectioner’s sugar.

  175. These look great! I was thinking sprouting right away, but after reading the other comments, this would make an ideal sifter and strainer. A very versatile gizmo!

  176. I would use these for sprouts, sprinkle powdered sugar on French toast, and make an air fresher for the laundry room.

  177. My husband, Mark, & I have a big backyard garden. I currently use a mason jar with holes poked in the lid to shake Sevin Dust on our vegetables & plants to keep the critters off. I would use this new mesh lid in its place. Also, I bought your book last year, and have made many of your recipes. I gifted a copy to my friend Sarah. It’s perfect for preserving in smaller batches, & we love it. Glad I stumbled upon your site today. It’s now saved in my “favorites”.

  178. I can think of so many things I could use these for. I initially was thinking of sifting powdered sugar, but can’t tell if the mesh is too fine for that. They would be great for straining the juice out of maraschino cherries and my other home-canned fruits for cocktail beverages and such.

  179. I would use them for easy rinsing and draining of lentil sprouts. Also, they would be great for doing the powdered sugar roll test for mites on my honeybees. I’m not kidding! 😀

  180. My first thought was to use this for sprouting seeds. But I also like the idea of turning a jar into a sifter for flour or sugar.

  181. I keep my different rubs for meats and chicken in 1/2 pint jars. This would be great for sprinkling the rub on to the meat/chicken before rubbing it in.

  182. I would use it for sprouts, but reading all these comments is giving me all kinds of ideas. I might need to just buy some myself!

  183. This is a super “attachment”. I can see using it to sprinkle powdered sugar on baked desserts or same but with floor when I make homemade ravioli & I need a dusting of floor on mold before I lay dough down.

  184. I’d use them for flour and sugar. When you coat things, you always a end up throwing out a lot of flour or sugar because you can’t reuse it. This would solve that problem. I also like thee idea of sprouting beans

  185. I’d probably use it for powdered sugar dusting, oooor for straining syrups when I make them with left over fruit bits from canning in order to use the syrup in mixed drinks!

  186. One of the many things I would use these for is storing saved beans and peas at the end of the season when I think they are dry enough to store but am a little reluctant to commit to sealing air tight in case of moisture. Shaking dried herbs into recipes without getting twigs along for the ride would be great, too!

  187. I’d keep a pint of flour nearby and use it for dusting countertops or adding just a little more flour to dough. Cute idea!

  188. When I get toward the bottom of my pickled beets, I would use this lid to strain the “stuff” out. Mary in Cincinnati

  189. Flour duster! I use an old tea ball to dust my counters with flour but it only holds a spoonful and needs to be refilled in the middle of a project half the time. This lid would be much better.

  190. The first thing I thought of was a flour sifter – and so did many others too. Then I thought maybe for storing chicken broth in the fridge to solidify the fat before making gravy.

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