They’re everywhere: in your fancy cocktail bar and your down home country restaurant. In the hands of farmer’s market shoppers and 7-Eleven Slurpee slurpers. How did mason jars get to be so ubiquitous? How did they come to be embraced by the DIY canner and the hipster chicken & waffles restaurant? And what does their omnipresence tell us about the cultural cache of the South?
In this episode of Gravy, Gabe Bullard takes on the cultural politics of the Mason Jar: how it became hip, and what that hipness means.
You can find the panoply of jars supplied by Jarden Home Brands here.
A good crop of Mason Jar craft projects on Pinterest are here.
The Mason-Jar-fueled Twitter feud between John Kessler and Hugh Acheson is documented here.
John Kessler’s Atlanta Journal Constitution article decrying the trend of mason jars can be found here.