Repurposing A Parmesan Cheese Container – A Mason-Jar Shaker Lid For FREE!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Did you know many Parmesan cheese lids fit a regular-mouth canning jar? It’s true! I place  repurposed parmesan cheese lids on standard mouth mason jars. See all the ways they simplify my life in the kitchen. 

I place a repurposed parmesan cheese lid on a standard 1/2-pint canning jar. See how it simplifies my life in the kitchen. #TexasHomesteader

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The other day my sister held up an empty container of Reggano Parmesan cheese (like you sprinkle on pizza) that she’d bought from Aldi. She asked if I’d like to have the empty container.  

Remember my battle cry: Use WhatCha Got! 

I place a repurposed parmesan cheese lid on a standard 1/2-pint canning jar. See how it simplifies my life in the kitchen. #TexasHomesteader

The Parmesan lid she offered perfectly fits a standard canning jar opening, whether 1/2 pint, pint or even quart. Several brands of Parmesan cheese have the same sized lid but not all do. Be sure to check.

Now that I’ve gotten this empty jar from my sis I’ll get started repurposing it.

Uses For Mason Jars Using Parmesan Cheese Lids

There are many ways I use those various sized regular-mouth mason jars with their repurposed parmesan cheese lids:

Ease of Measuring Baking Ingredients. A small jar of baking soda is stored in my baking supplies. I most often use the wider opening for measuring spoons. The top of the lid levels off the measurement with the excess simply falling back into the jar. No mess! Y’all know I’m a big fan of ‘No Mess’. LOL

I place a repurposed parmesan cheese lid on a standard 1/2-pint canning jar. See how it simplifies my life in the kitchen. #TexasHomesteader

Shaker Lid For Cleaning Supplies Jar. I have another jar of baking soda in my cleaning supplies. Scrubbing tubs, toilets or water deposits has never been easier. And it’s non-toxic too.

Non-toxic scrubbing for dishes. I use the sprinkle side for baking soda when I’m scrubbing my pots & pans.

Homemade BBQ rub jar. The size of the shaker holes is perfect for RancherMan’s BBQ seasoning mix and the other flip-top side accommodates a measuring spoon for making his mop sauce.

BBQ Rub container with easy access. I place a repurposed parmesan cheese lid on a standard 1/2-pint canning jar. See how it simplifies my life in the kitchen. #TexasHomesteader

Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent. I use a larger pint jar for my detergent which only requires 1-2 Tablespoons of detergent per load to clean our clothes. I simply slide my tablespoon into the powder and drag it along the inside of the lid to level it off and allow the excess detergent fall back into the jar.

Homemade laundry detergent. I place a repurposed parmesan cheese lid on a standard 1/2-pint canning jar. See how it simplifies my life in the kitchen. #TexasHomesteader

And the cost for all those handy lids was free, free, FREE!

Not All Parmesan Cheese Lids Fit Mason Jars

Most of the parmesan cheese containers I’ve seen have this same sized lid. But not all do.

If you can’t repurpose the lid from your brand of parmesan cheese because it’s not the size to fit a regular-mouth mason jar don’t worry, you can still buy those handy canning jar-sized *Shaker Lids On Amazon .

The lid I repurposed comes from this Reggano parmesan cheese sold at Aldi. But there are many other brands with the same size lid that also fit mason jars.

Repurposing a parmesan cheese shaker lid on a glass canning jar. #TexasHomesteader

So if you find yourself with an empty jar of Parmesan cheese, don’t toss that handy lid. It can simplify lots of things in your kitchen.


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20 thoughts on “Repurposing A Parmesan Cheese Container – A Mason-Jar Shaker Lid For FREE!

  1. SallyFoister

    Just made. My first batch of Honeysuckle Jelly, MmmMmm good. I will make more. I am going to make the clover jelly. I make Homestead Honey using White Clover, pink clover, blackberry blossom and sugar, my Grands look forward to a jar each year. I use it for coughs and sore throats also.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I’m so glad you love the Honeysuckle jelly as much as we do, Sally. It’s a much-requested jelly for gifts so I like to make plenty! Would you do me a favor? Would you please go to the honeysuckle jelly post & leave a comment and a star rating for the recipe? It really helps people be able to find it on google. Thanks girl – you’re AWESOME! The honeysuckle jelly post is here –>

  2. Deborah

    These are also good to put Borax in for cleaning the bathtub or other items. I use borax a lot in cleaning.

  3. Mary Beth

    I fill one up with ice melt and keep in my car so if it snows during the day a can spread it on the ground to my front door when I get home at night.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      A clever repurpose Mary Beth. I love repurposing when it fills such a need – it’s a win/win. Good job! ~TxH~

  4. candace ford

    I have to say that I feel like I’m in some kind of time warp. I’m just reading this in October of 2019 and all the comments are 2016. In any event, I have saved several of those sprinkle lids and use them but now I usually get a small brick of parm and grate it myself as needed. It still comes in dreaded plastic-y wrap which isn’t recyclable (sigh). I remember the little neighborhood store of my childhood with a glass fronted cooler case – in it were sandwich meats and cheeses, on top was a slicer. Bologna and cheese were all sliced to order and handed to Ma wrapped in paper.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      LOL Candace. Yeah, this is one of my most popular post. I guess many people were the same as me & didn’t know about the Parmesan cheese lid fitting canning jars. I have my sis save all of them (since RancherMan hates Parmesan so I don’t buy it) and I have several in use in various parts of the house for different things. I love the neighborhood store you described. Although I still see glass-front cases and large slicers in various locations around us, those items are sliced up & handed to us in a plastic bag now. 🙁 I have one of those large slicers though, and I purchased a cheese press and am hoping to make my own cheese. ~TxH~

      1. Patt Pilgrim

        I just use the plastic, food safe, bottle. Great for homemade meat rub.

  5. Karen Woodall

    great idea for a small sized parm container. we buy the huge ones from sam’s club. i haven’t repurposed any yet, but was thinking they might be great for holding spaghetti or angel hair. hummmm. thanks for getting me thinking!

  6. Margy

    Thanks for the inspiration. I made my own baking soda container and shared it on my blog this week. I get so many good ideas from your blog. – Margy

  7. Michelle

    I keep all sorts of empty containers and I may just have one of those. I hadn’t thought to use it that way, but it makes perfect sense! I keep empty herb containers to put my own in, too.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I keep those little spice bottles, but most of mine are plastic. I’m working on saving small glass bottles for my herbs. ~TxH~

  8. Roseann Hampton

    Great re-purposing idea!

  9. Alicia Owen

    I use mine for homemade bathroom cleaner. 🙂 Stopping by from This is How We Roll Thursday hop.

  10. ColleenB.~Texas

    Lids are great to put on glass jars that is filled with them candy sprinkles to sprinkle on ice cream, cupcakes, etc. One of my favorite uses :}
    Use as Powdered Sugar mason jar dispenser as well as a cornstarch dispenser.
    Keeping  containers full of baking soda (I buy large bag of baking soda @ Sam’s Club) for at my kitchen sink and one in each of our bathrooms as well as my laundry room. It does an excellent job of cleaning, deodorizing and polishing my stainless steel sink and it’s cheap and non-toxic.
    The containers are also great for storing craft supplies in, buttons, small beads, glitter, paper clips, etc.
    Thing to do is repurpose and reuse as the Famous Tammy Quote:  “Use WhatCha Got! “

  11. Greg Hill

    Simple but very effective way to re-purpose this container. I like it and your sister …well I too think see might not you the next one.
    Pinned it to my .. Discover Repurposing Board on Pinterest…


  12. Teresa

    I have been using those lids and jars for some time now. They work great with cinnamon and sugar to do toast and your cinnamon apple slices also an extra lid for leftovers on jars.
    I buy sodioum bicarbonate by the 50 pound bag at the feed store to use in laundry and my household mixes , it keeps in a bucket just fine. Love your website. Happy Holidays!

  13. Laurinda

    Great minds think alike- I did the same thing too! Great for scrubbing, or deodorizing carpets (& catboxes)

  14. Margy

    I just saved two after reading a post on another blog. I love to repurpose items now that I’m living away from town. Everything I take to our cabin home either has to get repurposed or hauled back to town for recycling or disposal. It’s a lot easier and more fun to find other uses. – Margy

  15. Pam Kaufman

    I did the same thing! I buy a big bag of baking soda from Costco and then fill my jar as I need to. Had to get used to screwing on the lid backwards though. I don’t know if thats true with all these lids or just the one I used. It’s very handy though!


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