Uses for a Mason Jar During a Survival Situation

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Uses for a Mason Jar During a Survival Situation


It’s safe to say that we associate mason jars with food storage more than anything else, but they can also be useful for a number of other purposes as well.  Let’s take a look at a few examples of how versatile they can be during a crisis.  Even if these ideas are not new to you, they may help to jog your brain so you can some up with some new ones. 

Weapon and Defense

You can use a mason jar that’s intact and full as a blunt object, and they have a lot more heft and mass than most people think.  A good conk over the head may be just what you need to defend yourself or someone you know from an attacker.  However, the mason jar is usually the most beneficial because it is made from glass.  All you need to do is shatter the jar, grab a fragment or two, and you can improvise and fabricate a number of different weapons that have a sharp edge.  Another idea is to place the glass fragments at strategic locations as a way to slow the approach of a would-be assailant.   

MRE Dispenser


Mason jars are not just for storing large quantities of a single menu item, but you can also use them to store dried goods that are pre-mixed and ready to be eaten.  When you’re ready to eat, just add some hot water and let the ingredients rehydrate.  This works great with pasta and soup mixes, and you can combine them beforehand in order to have fast access to an easy meal.



Mason jars make for great planters, particular when growing something that doesn’t require a lot of drainage.  However, you can easily drill a drain hole or two in the bottom of the jar, particularly if the glass is on the thicker side.  This is a perfect option for growing small batches of herbs and medicinal plants that don’t need a lot of space.

Safe Storage

A mason jar is an excellent option to use for storing and burying valuable items.  The glass will protect the contents better than metal or paper-products, and the jars can also hold larger quantities of items than PVC pipe or small canisters.  All you need to do is fill it up, tighten the lid and bury the jar in an inconspicuous place.  Just remember to either map or mark where the jars are hidden in order to be able to retrieve them as necessary. 

Don’t forget that you can also use mason jars for general storage as well. 

Emergency Lantern


There are a number of ways that you can use a mason jar as an emergency lamp or lantern.  You can add almost any kind of fuel, from lard to wax or kerosene.  You can also use it with or without the lid.  Using it with the lid can give you an anchor point to hold the wick in place, and the lid can also regulate the flow of oxygen in order to control the burn rate and conserve fuel.  Simply drill or poke a few holes in the top of the lid for ventilation, feed the wick through the center hole, and let it soak up the fuel for a while before lighting. 

You can also drench the wick with fuel before putting it into the jar for immediate use as well.  To use it without the lid, all you need to do is find something that can anchor the wick to the bottom and prevent it from floating around.  Set the jar in a safe place, light it up, and you’re good to go.

These are just a few examples of hundreds of different uses that you can get from mason jars, and don’t forget that smaller ones can fit nicely into bug out bags or survival kits as well.  Think about some other ways that you can put them to good use, because chances are that you’ll be surprised with some of the ideas that come to mind.