Well-known as a DIY, food-preserving container, the mason jar was also the “universal machine” of its day. (In the same way that a computer or an “iPhone” is today’s universal machine.)
With its standardized closures, the mason jar served as the default platform for many 19th Century, third-party apps.
While we’ve already covered some of the more novel applications—(See: Mason Jar Mousetraps and Minnow Traps)—kitchen-related tools like egg-beaters are the more obvious application. (…and butter churns, mixers & coffee grinders, etc.) Inventors developed and patented lots of these
attachments—adding additional functions to the humble, “open source”
If specialized, stand-alone kitchen-appliances hadn’t led us away from this concept, we might all have more kitchen counter space today.
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