Thanksgiving Leftovers Mason Jar Meal Kits: Giveaway

In my opinion, wrapping and storing Thanksgiving leftovers can be a challenge with all those various sized dishes, a giant turkey and ham, and limited refrigerator space. Then you get it all put away to only hear, “I’m hungry” from your precious children, and have to pull the entire ensemble out all over again. For days. Now that we are Masonators here in the Big Red, the after dinner clean up looks like an assembly line of leftovers being layered in jars for the next day’s lunches, a busy week night dinner, or a freezer stockpile of delicious meals for a rainy day.

How to Masonate Your Thanksgiving Leftovers.

You can always fill jars with leftovers, each item in its own jar, but here are a few other ideas.

Want to be the coolest dude or gal at all those post Thanksgiving Football watching parties? Bring a Turkey Sandwich Kit of turkey slices, cranberry sauce, and cream cheese to make every one’s favorite post T-Day sammies. I layered everything in a quart sized wide mouth jar and placed the spreads in the tiny little 4 ounce jelly jars. Grab a bag of rolls and chips along with your cool kit and you are ready to feast in style. Score.

Those little Turkey Shepherd’s Pies are a breeze to make since you will already have the turkey, gravy, and mashed potatoes. Place equal amounts of gravy, diced turkey, and some frozen peas and carrots in a bowl and stir. Layer in 8 ounce wide mouth Mason jars and top with some mashed potatoes. The only thing I added to my gravy to jazz up these little pies was a splash of good red wine.

No more hum-drum leftovers…
1. When you set up your post Thanksgiving Mason Jar assembly line, ask your family what they would like in their jar, then layer away. I like to keep the veggies separate and layer meat with gravy, and potatoes or stuffing (or both). Meat and gravy should go at the bottom so that when you turn the heated jar over the stuffing or potatoes are at the bottom with all that meat and gravy spilling over top.

2. I did place my cranberry sauce in a greaseproof cupcake liner so that I can remove it before heating. You can also use foil or silicone cupcake liners, being sure to remove them before placing jars in the microwave for reheating. I have found that cupcake liners do a swell job at separating layers for those who do not like their food to touch. Swell.

3. Don’t forget the desserts which do a fine job of being layered in jars. Pumpkin or apple pie layered in jars, reheated, then topped with some ice cream. Yum!

It is a good idea to make up a few of these jars to send home with family, or friends and neighbors so that they too can enjoy Thanksgiving Day leftovers. But it is also a good idea to share some of the Thanksgiving Mason Jar Meals with the elderly who are housebound, a new mommy who needs a break, or a friend who is sick. Tell them Robin Sue sent you.


Fillmore Container and I are teaming up again to aid you in creating your own Thanksgiving Leftovers Meal Kits! You provide the leftovers and we provide the tools so that you too can have fantastic Leftover Mason Jar Meals. For this Giveaway, Fillmore has divided cases of various sized jars to make 2 MJM Thanksgiving Leftovers Kits for you to have a chance to win. So very unique indeed! I am also throwing in a few of my favorite things that I use frequently here in BRK when I am assembling my Thanksgiving Leftovers for Masonating…

Big Red Kitchen Mason Jar Meal Thanksgiving Leftovers Kits will include…
1. A unique selection of Mason Jars will be provided by Fillmore Container to include the following jars…
3- 1 quart Ball wide mouth jars
6- pint Ball wide mouth jars
6- 8 ounce Kerr wide mouth jars
6- 8 ounce reg mouth Ball jars – 1/2 pint
6- 4 ounce mini quilted Ball jars

2. Provided by me, Big Red Kitchen-
one Tovolo Scoop and Spread–  my new favorite skinny spatula for getting deep down in narrow jars
one package (48 count) standard size greaseproof cupcake liners– for cranberry sauce or other condiments, makes stacking a breeze!
one Canning Funnel– for keeping the mouth of each jar super tidy while filling
one box “Meri Meri” 120 assorted sticky labels, tags, and twine- one must have pretty labels!


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We have 2 WINNERS! Kelly N and Sharon F- congratulations!

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Another way Big Red Kitchen is Keepin’ it Glassy!


  1. Posted November 12, 2012 at 5:32 AM | Permalink

    Robin, what a fantastic idea and I love the giveaway.

  2. Posted November 12, 2012 at 6:03 AM | Permalink

    Brilliant ideas! Thanks! I think. I’ll be taking Mason jars to T’giving dinner at my in-laws. 😉

  3. Julie
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 6:16 AM | Permalink

    I just love your ideas – you make it seem so easy – and it is!

  4. stephanie spalding
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 6:19 AM | Permalink

    My favorite leftover is Turkey and rolls.

  5. Anne h
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 6:24 AM | Permalink

    I love Thanksgiving and I live leftovers from it. This is perfect!!

  6. Lydia Lindsay
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 6:43 AM | Permalink

    Turkey leftovers are the best. Loving the layers in a jar.

  7. Lori H
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 6:48 AM | Permalink

    Great idea for leftovers! Count me in, please.

  8. Terri
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 7:00 AM | Permalink

    What a great way to store thanksgiving leftovers, avoid pulling out lots of large storage plus leftovers ready to go! Win Win!

  9. Posted November 12, 2012 at 7:02 AM | Permalink

    Fun! I love all your helpful ideas. My favorite leftover is cornbread stuffing. It’s always good.

  10. Denise
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 7:12 AM | Permalink

    Wonderful idea!

  11. Dizzy
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 7:16 AM | Permalink

    My favorite size mason jars are the widemouth quarts and i like to fill them with daily leftovers for using for interesting soups.

  12. Eligonma
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 7:24 AM | Permalink

    I love cold turkey breast with cold cranberry sauce.
    My favorite mason jar size is the 8 oz Wide Mouth.

  13. Helen Kreitzer
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 7:26 AM | Permalink

    Quart size jars could be filled with mt homemade meat stuffing, gravy, turkey topped with my homemade bread stuffing and green beans.

  14. Jackie Mohring
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 7:35 AM | Permalink

    Good Monday Morning to you all! Thank you so much for this giveaway. I think it’s wonderful how we’re using Mason jars again and they always look so pretty and you can see what’s in them.

  15. Melissa Witte
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 7:45 AM | Permalink

    Favorite leftover is dressing and I like the larger pint jars if I have to say one (like them all though) 🙂 Great giveaway….Thanks

  16. Catherine
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 7:49 AM | Permalink

    I love the mason jar leftover idea! What a nice giveaway! I love the pint size jars and would be perfect for everyone to share!

  17. Janet M
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 8:01 AM | Permalink

    Love the idea of using jars for leftover! Thanks for the ideas and the chance to win some fun tools. Kitchen tools are the best!

  18. Posted November 12, 2012 at 8:26 AM | Permalink

    Very fun! Wide mouth pints are my favorite for all the time use. My two quart jars see a lot of use for bulk storage, though. I love them all!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Drea Saunders
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 8:28 AM | Permalink

    I love a good homemade cranberry sauce. We can it by the quart and I like it the day after Thanksgiving on some buttermilk biscuits. (With butter, of course!)

  20. breabella
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 8:33 AM | Permalink

    Turkey and Dressing is my fav leftover. I love the really big Mason jars for cookies.

  21. Jackie
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 8:39 AM | Permalink

    Great idea! Can’t wait to do this.

  22. Rosemary
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 8:41 AM | Permalink

    I would love to win this.

  23. Becky
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 8:43 AM | Permalink

    My favorite leftover is my homemade cranberry sauce. I don’t have a favorite jar size yet since I just started canning recently.

  24. Dawn
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 8:46 AM | Permalink

    My favorite leftover is the stuffing! The mini quilted jars are my favorite, but I wouldn’t be able to fit enough stuffing in them 😉

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