Mason-Dixon Line divides the North from the South
The Mason Fixin’ Line has been drawn in recent years by the trend to prepare and serve food in Mason Jars.
The Mason Fixin’ Line has officially been crossed.
Not too long ago (sometime in April, actually) I reached my limit to food served in Mason Jars , especially food served in Mason Jars for no good reason except
twee, I mean fashionable hipster cred.
The thing is, there is nothing fashionable nor hip nor credible about a jar per se , especially one that is not used honestly.
The lid of said pickle jar nailed to a board over the workbench to hold little nails? Total honesty.
Dessert served in a mason jar? If it’s not jelly……not so honest.
So when I saw oatmeal to go packed in mason jars at the food section of Marshall’s….huge sigh. Where does the insanity end????????
But the name of the company that was packaging oats to go?
Haulin’ Oats…..which would be a great name for a rock band….…..wait a minute….
But it was this:
I have to admit, the name is great. But $4 for a little jar of oatmeal? As the Mark Down Price??? No thank you.
But a week later it was marked down to $2…..and the flavor was “Chai a Little Tenderness”…..the other flavors are Cinnamon Girl, Date in the Life, and Lavender Blue. I must have been hungry – I bought it.
The directions are uber-simple – add hot water, put the lid back on and wait 5 minutes.
Besides rolled oats, the little jar also had almond butter and coconut oil (it had a very rich and creamy texture), brown sugar, ground flaxseed, pecans, raisins, crystallized ginger, vanilla extract and cinnamon, ginger, cardomnon and nutmeg.
One taste and I realize I’d been under-seasoning my oats – these were fantastic! The almond butter was also a nice touch. BUT… the little pint jar contains 2 servings. Two spoons? Half for now and half for tomorrow? Of course, I hadn’t read the label until I had eaten it all……
SO – lessons learned:
- $4 is too much for a serving of oatmeal.
- 548 is too many calories for breakfast.
- You can prepare oatmeal in a mason jar, just by pouring boiling water over the oats and putting the lid on.
- Hall & Oates should record Cinnamon Girl