Tis the season for canning and preserving those summer fruits and vegetables so they can be enjoyed all winter long. I have tried my hand at canning, but that was many years ago when I lived with my Dad, so when Canadian Tire offered to send me a Canning Starter Kit I though why not. I’ve been wanting to try pickling carrots and making jam to can and this was the perfect opportunity to do it. I’m still working on what I should can first, in the meantime I want to offer an alternative way to use mason jars that you may not have heard of yet.
While traditionally mason jars are used for Canning & Preserving they have also seen a rise in popularity as the perfect vessels for baking pies and cakes, drinking from and even using in home decor projects, just check out Pinterest. My personal favourite way to use mason jars is by drinking my first cup of coffee each day out of a mason jar. When trying to come up with something unique to do with a mason jar I couldn’t help but think of how nice a hot and hearty breakfast would be in a jar and portable if needed.
Breakfast time around my house is pretty rushed. With 5 kids to get up, dressed, fed and out the door before 7 am I don’t often have the time to prepare a hot breakfast for them. Cold cereal and toasts happen more often than I like to admit, but I am trying to change that. I have heard of slow cooker oatmeal in the past, but the one time I tried it the clean up after was such a pain that I never did it again. Then I heard of the double boiler slow cooker method and a light went off. I decided to experiment with my favourite oats and mason jars and came up with this!
- steel-cut or large flake oats
- water or milk
- pinch of salt
- ¼ cup fruit (fresh or frozen)
- 1 tbs sugar, maple syrup, brown sugar or sweetener of your choosing
- 500ml Mason Jar
- In your mason jar prepare the 1 serving portion of steel-cut or large flake oats. Add in fruit and sweetener and gently combine. Place jar(s) gently into COLD slow cooker. Add water to slow cooker basin until it is about halfway up the jar(s). Cook on low overnight (6-8 hours). When you wake up remove the jars from the slow cooker to cool for 5-10 minutes before eating. If you want to take it to go simply put the canning lid on it. Warning the glass jar is hot and remains so for some time. I suggest putting a sleeve of some sort on it or wrapping it in a dish towel to carry. A beer cozy would probably work well too.
Mason Jar Slow Cooker Oatmeal
I love that this is hot and ready to eat when you are and can be taken to go if needed. Pop a lid on it and stick it in your cup holder and eat it once at work if you have to rush out the door. It’s also infinitely customizable, simply add your favourite things like fruit, chia seeds, even yogurt (once cooked). Depending on the size of your slow cooker you can also prepare multiple jars and personalize each one. I was able to easily fit 4 jars into my 6 Quart slow cooker.
Easy, hot, filling, and healthy breakfasts for the win!
For mason jars and canning supplies visit the Canadian Tire near you.
Disclosure – I was provided a sample to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed are my own.