Food & Wine

Food in a jar

Food in a jar

Whether you’re obsessed with overnight oats, carting a hearty soup to work for lunch or looking for a glorious way to present a dessert at your next dinner party, these days it seems you can literally put anything in a Mason jar and turn it into a culinary masterpiece.

The ultimate hangover cure in a jar

Renowned for their monster shakes and burgers, Pop Up Society in Glenwood is not shy when it comes to going all out with their foodie creations. King of the kitchen, Chef Rev Batohi, has made sure there is something on the menu for everyone who is a fan of the Mason jar… and that includes those in need of a regmaker.

It’s called the Texas Bloody Mary –  an alcoholic cocktail of vodka, tomato juice, a few healthy spice combinations and lots of flavour  served in a jar, with your choice of pork or lamb rib, four prawns and four chicken drummets on skewers, served with fully loaded fries.

Price: R149

Contact: 031 201 5566


Something sweet to finish

For those who love a warm, crunchy dessert, El Toro Durban North serves the most divine dose of something sweet in a jar… The Churro Skull.

The creation of Chef Ashley van Niekerk, it’s made fresh to order and is packed with beautifully fried churros that are kinda like donuts, but even yummier because they are made from Madagascan vanilla batter, drizzled with Aztec and honey chocolate sauce and decorated with cherries, mint and lime.

Price: R50

Contact: 031 564 3015


For the vegetarians or the health conscious

Mugg & Bean has a variety of salads they serve in jar that can be perfectly layered by turning them over into your platel. There’s the Crispy Chicken, Classic Cobb, Chipotle-Honey Chicken, Salmon, Avo (subject to availability) and Sesame Seed and one of our favourites, the Chickpea Greek Salad with layers of chickpeas, red onion, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, black Kalamata olives, red peppers, Danish-style feta, baby spinach and mixed lettuce, drenched in a poppy seed dressing.

Price: For the Chickpea Greek Salad: R45.90 for a bowl and R65.90 for a meal. Most salads are served in a bowl or as a meal and are priced accordingly.

Contact: If you aren’t already a regular at your local Mugg and Bean, visit to find a store near you.

For the home cooks who love to entertain

For those who prefer to waste as little time as they can, be it indoors entertaining, or outdoors picnicking with the family, this recipe from Pesto Princess is designed to combat just that. With a jar for each guest and a little prep in your kitchen beforehand, you really don’t need to leave anything behind.

Crunchy Salad Jars

Serves 4

You will need

1 cup cooked sweet corn kernels (frozen, canned or fresh)
200g mange tout or frozen peas, rinsed and cooked
1 small red cabbage, cored and finely shaved
3-4 medium carrots, julienned
Sprouts to serve

For the dressing
3 Tbsp. Pesto Princess Coriander & Chilli Pesto

1 tbsp. sesame oil
3 tbsp. soya sauce
5ml fresh grated ginger
1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
25ml water


How to

Make your dressing by placing all the ingredients into a bowl and whisking until combined. Divide the dressing between four jars, followed by equally divided mange tout/peas, corn, grated carrot and cabbage. Top with sprouts and serve.

Recipe and food styling by Michelle Parkin

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