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Why Everyone’s Suddenly Hoarding Mason Jars

How the must-have hipster vessel of DIY authenticity also became a foreboding signal of the economy.

Animation of a mason jar switching between containing string lights, nothing, pickles, flowers on different backgrounds.
Illustration: Ariel Davis

Late this summer, after the pandemic turned everyone into an amateur gardener and home cook, a frenzy erupted on Facebook. Food historian Sarah Wassberg Johnson first spotted it while perusing a private Facebook group called…

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