I’ve recently discovered the joys of using mason jars as food containers, and I just found a specialty mason jar size that works perfect for a full bag of Huel! (I posted pictures of it down below)
Mason jars are sturdy glass, non-toxic, they give a clear view of food, they’re microwavable, they’re space-efficient since food is stored more vertically, and more. They’re also pretty inexpensive. I bought the official Ball wide-mouth mason jars from a local store in packs of 12.
The only problem is they come with the cheap tinplate two-piece lids which are really inconvenient to use for daily food storage.
Luckily Ball makes a stainless steel one-piece lid with removable silicone gasket (won’t rot the way rubber does). They’re heavy duty and should last forever. Perfect seal every time. I’ve been using these and loving these. (I tried other stainless steel lids from Amazon but they did not work well.)
The 64oz mason jar is the largest size you typically find but even the wide-mouth version is too small to fit your hand through easily and would not work well for using with a Huel scooper.
The other day as I walked through Target I noticed they had a Ball 1 Gallon (3.785 Liters?) mason jar with not just a wide-mouth but a super-wide mouth, and a stainless steel & silicone gasket lid stock! Needless to say a lightbulb went off in my head
It perfectly fits a full bag of Huel (Huel black, as that’s all I’ve ever used. Not sure if the volume of normal Huel is different but I imagine it shouldn’t be too different), and you can easily get your hand/arm in it to scoop all the way to the bottom!
1 Gallon Mason Jar = 1 Bag of Huel, perfect fit
32 oz Mason Jar = 1 Bag of Huel Daily Greens, perfect fit
It’s like they were made for each other lol
They fit both full bags perfectly.
1st pic = Gallon of Huel > 32oz of Huel Daily Greens > standard size can of soup
2nd Pic = Gallon > 64oz > 32oz > 16oz > 8oz > standard size can of beans. The stainless steel lid & silicone gasket are on the left, the stock tinplate lid on the right. )
I have read that having Huel exposed to direct sunlight is “not a massive problem but would reduce the shelf life and degrade some of the vitamins & minerals over time,” per Julian/Founder of Huel.
I keep both jars inside a closed cabinet all day with the rest of my cans of food and they’re only exposed to light for a 2 minutes a day. It seems more than worth the trade off to me and like there would be minimal degradation considering you are getting a perfect seal every single time, versus the Huel bag that occasionally doesn’t seal very well and can then expose the contents to the air/moisture etc. outside the bag.
No more faulty sealing, no more fiddling, no more messiness, no more plastic for storage.
I figured I’d post all this in case others would find this useful.
I will post some pictures.
I’ve also started using a 32oz mason jar as my shaker bottle. I love it. No more plastic. Just glass, stainless steel, and silicone.
3rd Pic = 32oz jar mixture of Huel Black & Huel Daily Greens, with standard size can of beans.
(Edit: I did have to start using a stainless steel shaker ball inside to help mitigate lumps. I got a pack of 4 for $5 on Amazon.)
4th Pic = Stainless Steel shaker ball for putting in the 32oz jar when mixing Huel, to avoid lumps
These jars all have fluid level markings on the side so it’s easy to be consistent with the water level. They also sell silicone sleeves for these if you wanted to take this 32oz on the go but wanted more protection.
5th Pic = One type of silicone sleeve on Amazon for 32oz