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50 Ways to Use reCAP

50 Ways to use reCAP Mason Jar lids

I’m always impressed by our fans' inventiveness and willingness to experiment with different Mason jar creations. With the help of our fans, we’ve compiled a list of your favorite ways to use reCAP. From healthful living suggestions to ideas just make life EASIER, this fantastic list of ideas will inspire both the Mason jar super fan and the newbie alike. Get ready, get inspired, and DO MORE with your Mason jars!

Top ways to use reCAP with Mason jars:

  1. Salad Dressing Container
  2. Smoothie Container
  3. Parmesan Cheese Shaker
  4. Dole Cup Hack
  5. Flour and Sugar Storage
  6. Fermentation Vessel
  7. Jam and Jelly Storage
  8. Bug Catcher
  9. Everyday Water Bottle
  10. Soap Dispenser
  11. Cupcake Sprinkle Shaker
  12. Take-to-work Yogurt Container
  13. Beans and Lentil Storage
  14. Kid’s Craft Storage
  15. Kombucha Mother Hotel
  16. DIY Bug Sprayer
  17. Ketchup Container and Pump
  18. Spaghetti Sauce Container
  19. DIY Bath Scrub Container
  20. Maple Syrup Dispenser
  21. DIY Pancake Batter Container
  22. Water Sprayer for Plants
  23. Coffee Ground Container
  24. Meal Prep Storage and Transportation
  25. Macaroni Bar
  26. Overnight Oats Container
  27. Cookie Jar
  28. Bead/Jewelry Container
  29. Loose Leaf Tea Storage
  30. Candy Jar
  31. Pickling Vessel
  32. Shaken Iced Tea Container
  33. Pet Treat Storage
  34. Fresh Herb/Spices Container
  35. Himalayan Sea Salt Shaker
  36. Shaker for Red Pepper Flakes
  37. Yarn Holder and Dispenser
  38. Housewarming Gift
  39. DIY Playdough Container
  40. Cocktail Mixer
  41. Take-to-work Soups
  42. Laundry Detergent Container
  43. Cereal Storage
  44. Omelette Prep and Shake
  45. Hershey Kiss Gift
  46. DIY Almond Milk Container
  47. DIY Nut Butter Container
  48. Juice Sip Cup
  49. Protein Powder Container
  50. Honey Container


reCAP Mason Jars Returns to the 2017 International Home + Housewares Show with Innovative New Products

Stylish and reusable Mason jar solutions for the home and active lifestyle will be unveiled by reCAP Mason Jars at the 2017 International Home + Housewares Show, March 18-21, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. As part of The Inventor’s Corner, reCAP will introduce a new fermentation tool and the Art of Aperitivo Gift Set in addition to The Original reCAP POUR and reCAP FLIP, created by Mason Jars Company founder, Karen Rzepecki.

Made 100% in the USA, reCAP can be used with Mason jars for pantry storage, bathroom organization, kitchen creations, and more. While the reCAP POUR provides an ideal solution for pouring smoothies and salad dressings, the reCAP FLIP’s large, 2-inch opening is perfect for on-the-go or in-home use. Both versatile, BPA-free caps fit several Mason jar brands.

Since its launch in 2012, reCAP’s popularity continues to surge amongst foodies, busy mothers, and crafters. Recently a new customer base has emerged: fermentation enthusiasts.

Karen, with her keen eye for spotting trends and her desire to create easier, eco-friendly solutions came up with her own fermentation solution. Low profile and waterless, the reCAP Fermenter converts the already popular POUR Mason jar lids into a complete fermentation system, with fewer pieces and steps involved than traditional fermentation methods.

The fermenter is included as part of reCAP’s other new product, the Art of Aperitivo Gift Set. Inspired by traditional Italian happy hour, the gift set contains all of the tools needed to host an entire celebration from start to finish. Stylish and in various sizes, a set of three Quattro Stagioni glass Mason jars made in Italy by Bormioli Rocco is included, along with reCAP POUR and FLIP lids, and other fun Mason jar accessories. A recipe eBook and video series guide customers through culinary creations such as Caprese salad and Berry Bellini cocktails.

For those interested in hosting their own aperitivo, the Art of Aperitivo Gift Set and reCAP Fermenter can be purchased at MasonJars.com.



The Perfect Smoothie Formula

Sugar, fats, protein, fiber…Feel full longer and fuel your brain with the correct smoothie ingredient ratio.

If you’re like I was, you dump in whatever veggies and fruits seem tasty for the day and hit “blend.” Although smoothie making isn't an exact science, there are a few guidelines to be aware of to ensure your smoothie ends up filling, tasty, AND nutritious.

Being mindful of the sugar trap- avoiding adding too much fruit and not enough fiber, protein, and fat- is very important. Too much sugar causes a spike and fall in blood sugar, leaving you dragging later on in the day. With a nice balance of sugar, protein, fats, and fiber, you'll stay perky and productive. A fiber-packed smoothie makes you feel fuller longer while protein and healthy fats fuel your brain. Below you’ll find the perfect smoothie formula, some ingredient ideas for each category, and additional tips from Alt Protein. And, of course, don’t forget to cap your smoothie creation off with a  reCAP POUR Mason jar lid!



Makes about two 16 oz Servings. 


Step One: Choose a base, 1 cup

(Almond milk, juice, coconut milk, iced green tea, iced coffee, or water)
Almond or coconut milk, in particular, make nutritious options!

Step Two: Choose your fruit (fresh or frozen), 1-2 cups 

(Bananas, mangos, peaches, blueberries, pineapple, strawberries, apples, frozen acai)
This is where we get our fiber and healthy sugars. I always like to pair one banana with a cup of another fruit. Bananas are high in potassium and help you feel full.

Step Three: Make it green, 1 cup 

(Spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, avocado)
Adding a superfood like spinach or kale provides healthy vitamins and fiber. An avocado provides those healthy fats you need to fuel your brain.

Step Four: Make it creamy, 1-2 tbsp 

(Chia seeds, nut butters, coconut meat, gluten-free oats, or ice)
My personal favorite is “no-stir” almond butter.

Step Five: Add a boost, 1-2 tbsp 

(Protein powder, flax, coconut oil, fresh ginger, bee pollen, cacao powder, or maca powder)

Step Six: A Little Something Sweet

Cinnamon, dates, raw honey, pure maple syrup, vanilla extract, or figs can sweeten things up. This step is mainly for if you are using a lot of veggies or oils and need some extra sweetness. Otherwise, I skip this step. 

Here's a shareable graphic from  Lexi’s Clean Kitchen:


Here’s a handy list of Smoothie tips from Alt Protein:

Proven Smoothie Combinations That Benefit or Inhibit Health

You pour what you believe is the perfect smoothie and take a sip. The refreshing taste of smoothies is loved by many, as the fruit within rejuvenates your mind and body. What you may not realize is that some smoothie combinations are much more beneficial to your health than others. There are some that greatly benefit your health, while others inhibit it. Knowing whether you are drinking a healthy or not so healthy smoothie will help make your ingredient selection more worthwhile.

Banana Smoothies Provide Energy

Potassium is a simple way to gain a boost of energy. If you want to start your day out right, a banana smoothie is the way to go, as it contains plenty of potassium. Bananas are also high in fiber, which helps you feel full for a longer amount of time. One banana, one cup of almond milk or fat-free milk, one teaspoon of honey, and a dash of cinnamon are all you need.

Beet Smoothies Cleanse Your Blood

Beets are now known for lowering blood pressure and increasing blood flow to the brain. These health benefits make beets an ideal smoothie ingredient, as they bring several advantages to the body. Consume this smoothie if you want to cleanse your blood and feel fuller longer, as there is plenty of fiber included as well. First, mix one beetroot and raw milk. Once it reaches your desired texture, add in two soaked dates and two prunes, along with five strawberries. You can add a banana as well if you want the extra energy.

Mainly Fruit Smoothies Add to Your Calorie Count

While the fruit within a smoothie does not exactly inhibit your health, it could lead to a higher calorie intake throughout the day. Say you have a smoothie with one-fourth cup water, one cup spinach, and the rest is comprised of orange juice, strawberries, blueberries, and a banana. You may receive the nutrition from the fruits, but you are also gaining a lot of sugar and calories in the process.

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You can read more details on Alt Protein’s site at:

https://www.altprotein.com/3-smoothie-ingredient-combinations-avoid/.

Happy sipping,

Jade



Valentine’s Day Care kit in a Mason jar


Featuring the reCAP POUR Mason jar lid and Bormioli Mason jar

Make the special lady in your life feel appreciated. A great DIY Mason jar gift for spouses, teachers, and moms!

To me, Valentine’s day has always been about showing the special people in my life that they are loved and appreciated. Rather than buying a shiny gift or pre-made care kit, you can DIY in a Mason jar! Simply fill the jar with items below, decorate, and cap off with a red FLIP or POUR Mason jar lid! After the gifts inside are enjoyed, the Mason jars with Mason jar lids can be repurposed as salad dressing containers, water bottles, pantry storage, or whatever her heart desires!

Care Kit Materials:

A Mason jar

red FLIP or POUR Mason jar lid

Lip Balm (We used organic lip balm by Eos)

Specialty Tea Bags (we used fair-trade)

Argan Oil Hair Conditioner Sample (or a face mask, lotion, etc.)

Bag of Hershey Kisses

Bath Bomb

Other ideas include: Mini nail filers, nail polish, face scrub

Optional Decoration ideas:

Festive Ribbon

Confetti or tissue paper

Adhesive felt heart

Directions:

Fill your jar up with all of the treats! Lip balms, specialty tea bags, nail polish and filers, face masks, travel sized lotions, bath bombs, and small chocolates make great additions!

A bath bomb makes a nice addition and you can buy them in packs of four (two for the recipient, and two for you!) I wrapped mine in tissue paper to protect it and add some extra pizzaz to my Mason jar gift.

Cap off the jar with reCAP FLIP or POUR Mason jar lid! 

Ready to get started? Order a FLIP or POUR Mason jar lid here, or stock up on a 10 packs to cover every special person in your life!

For more Valentine's Day inspiration, follow us on Facebook or Twitter where we'll post a new DIY Mason Jar gift each day!



The World's Best Mason Jar Hack + Fiesta Mason Jar Salad

Here’s a cost effective and nifty add-on to your Mason jar Salads and a few recipes! Featuring the reCAP POUR and FLIP Mason jar lids.

The Dole Cup Hack

Snag an empty Dole Cup and repurpose it as a salad dressing container! A Dole Cup fits perfectly in a wide mouth Mason jar. Use it to keep your dry and wet foods separate or visa versa. Aside from containing salad dressing, you can fill it with a variety of toppings such as nuts, fruits, cheeses, and sauces. Cap it off with a reCAP FLIP or POUR for a low profile, no-spill solution. Check out our Dole Cup hack in action:

The salad to the left was created by reCAP super fan, Karen Mele! 


Fiesta Chicken Salad: A fiesta in a Mason jar!

Featuring reCAP Mason jar lids and the Dole Cup hack

Tired of your standard salad for lunch? Take a tasty fiesta to-go in a Mason jar!

One of the keys to maintaining a healthy salad regime is to keep it interesting. Change up your salad ingredients, flavors, and textures to add some variety.  With plenty of fresh veggies, crunchy add-ons, and lean protein, this Fiesta Chicken Salad is tasty, filling, and loaded with protein! Prep a few ahead of time to keep in your refrigerator for the busy week ahead.

Chicken Fiesta Salads

Fills 4 Pint-sized Mason jars

INGREDIENTS

1 cup of your favorite salsa

4 cups chopped romaine lettuce

12 ounces cooked, diced Southwestern-seasoned chicken

1 cup black beans (from a 15-ounce can), drained and rinsed

1 cup corn (can use fresh, frozen, or canned & drained)

1 cup halved grape (or cherry) tomatoes

1 cup (4 ounces) Fine shredded Mexican Cheese

4 (16 ounce/pint-size) Mason jars

4 Dole Cups or 1 Dole Cup and an extra Mason jar with reCAP POUR

Optional: A few handfuls of crushed tortilla chips

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Cook your taco seasoned chicken before hand, or buy pre-made Mexican chicken in the frozen foods section of your grocery store.

2. Add ingredients to your Mason jars, layering in the following order: chicken, black beans, corn, cheese, tomatoes and lettuce. Add some crushed tortilla chips on top of the lettuce. Be sure to leave a little extra space at the top for your Dole Cup.

3. Pour Salsa into Dole Cups, or store extra salsa in a Mason jar capped with a reCAP POUR.

4. Rest the Dole Cup on top of the lettuce.

5. Cap off your Mason jar salad creation with a reCAP Mason jar lid to take it TO-GO!

Have a great week,

Jade



‘Kraut about it: Fermentation for Newbies

Ready to hop on the fermentation bandwagon but don’t know where to start? Never fear! With the right tools, fermentation can be quite easy! Just grab a reCAP Fermenter, a Mason jar, and a POUR Mason jar lid to start creating good-for-you ferments.

As a fermentation newbie myself, I wanted to share an easy ferment for beginners- sauerkraut! A simple and popular Mason jar ferment, sauerkraut is tasty, easy to digest, and contains many beneficial probiotics.

TOOLS:

reCAP Fermenter

reCAP wide mouth POUR Mason jar lid

Large wide mouth Mason jar (1.5 Liters works well)

* a Jelly jar (to weigh down the cabbage)

INGREDIENTS:

1 head of Napa cabbage

1⁄4 cup sea salt

1 tablespoon caraway seeds

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Shred the cabbage. Quarter the head of cabbage and use a cheese grater for easy shredding.

2. With clean hands toss the shredded cabbage in a bowl with salt and caraway seeds. Massage the salt into the cabbage for a good 5-10 minutes until the cabbage gets watery and soft.

3. Place the salted, shredded cabbage (and any water released) into the Mason jar.

4. Add a little extra water and the rest of the salt. Make sure all of the cabbage is submerged. You can use a jelly jar or other small jar as a weight. I also placed a whole cabbage leaf on top of my shredded cabbage to keep it packed down.

5. Cap off the Mason jar with a reCAP wide mouth POUR and Fermenter then set aside for 28 days.

6. After fermentation is complete, refrigerate your sauerkraut. The reCAP POUR Mason jar lid makes it super easy to serve and store some for later!


Here’s what my Kraut looked like at days 7, 14, and 28!

TIPS:

Always handle fermentation tools and foods with clean hands. This is very important because you don’t want any bad bacteria getting into the ferment.

Make sure to keep the cabbage submerged while fermenting.

Don’t cook your kraut because the heat destroys the beneficial bacteria created during the ferment. Stirring sauerkraut into a warm bowl of soup or sprinkling on the top of your meal is fine. I warm my sauerkraut up by mixing some with mashed potatoes.


SERVE:

There are many possibilities for serving Kraut. Some creative ways to eat sauerkraut include: Tossing it in a salad, adding it to scrambled eggs, or using it in a sandwich!

Ready to make your kraut or want to learn more Fermentation Recipes? Get a Fermenter and a copy of our Fermentation eBook to start fermenting today!

Happy Fermenting,

Jade



Celebrate National Soup Month with reCAP

Celebrate National Soup Month and sip some soup on-the-go in Mason jars capped with reCAP Mason jar lids! We’ve found soup recipes and tips to help you reach your #healthgoals in 2017.

With January’s health resolutions in full swing, now is the perfect time to both celebrate National Soup Month and start meal prepping! Loaded with proteins, good fats, and vitamins, soups can make healthy, inexpensive meals. Make a large batch, pour into Mason jars, then stock up your refrigerator with soups for the whole week. Cap off your jars with one of our Mason jar lids for easy storage and grab-and-go lunches!

Here are some general tips for healthy soup-making and a few recipes:

1 .Be sodium savvy. To keep soups tasty and healthy, use low-sodium broth, stock, or soup base for the foundation. Experiment with flavorful herbs and spices in place of salt. Ideas include: Black pepper, garlic powder, curry powder, cumin, dill seeds, basil, ginger, coriander and onion.

2. Choose healthier substitutes in place of cheese, sour cream, or bacon. Ideas include: reduced-fat shredded cheese, low-fat sour cream, plain yogurt, or turkey bacon.

3. Cook once, eat twice. Homemade soups can be made ahead of time and in large quantities. Eat refrigerated soup within three to four days. Since our reCAP Mason jar lids are freezer-safe, you can freeze the leftovers as well.


Butternut Squash Apple Soup

from Elana’s Pantry

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil

½ cup diced onion

6 cups butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced into 1 inch cubes

1 cup apple peeled, cored, and sliced

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon celtic sea salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

4 cups chicken stock or water

Instructions

1. Heat oil in a large pot. Add Onion.

2. Caramelize onion, sautéing 10-15 minutes until golden brown

3. Add squash, apple, cinnamon, salt, and pepper and cook for 10 minutes

4. Pour stock into pot and bring mixture to a boil

5. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes

6. In a vitamix, puree soup in very small batches for safety

7. Pour soup into several Mason jars. Cap the jars off with reCAP POUR or FLIP Mason jar lids for easy storage in your refrigerator or freezer.


Minestrone

from The Food Network

Ingredients

3 cups reduced-sodium vegetable or chicken broth

1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes

1 (15-ounce) can white (cannellini or navy) beans, drained

2 carrots, peeled and chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 cup onion, chopped

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon dried sage

2 bay leaves

Salt and ground black pepper

2 cups cooked ditalini pasta* or gluten free pasta substitute

1 medium zucchini, chopped

2 cups coarsely chopped fresh or frozen spinach, defrosted

4 tablespoons grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

Basil sprigs, garnish, optional

Directions

1. In a slow cooker, combine broth, tomatoes, beans, carrots, celery, onion, thyme, sage, bay leaves, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours.

2. Thirty minutes before the soup is done cooking, add ditalini, zucchini and spinach. Cover and cook 30 more minutes. Remove bay leaves and season, to taste, with salt and black pepper. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle parmesan cheese over top. Garnish with basil, if desired.

3. Pour soup into several Mason jars. Cap the jars off with reCAP POUR or FLIP Mason jar lids for easy storage in your refrigerator or freezer.


Pizza Soup

from Paleo Girl’s Kitchen

“This soup recipe is perfect for picky eaters. Who can resist pizza? Even pizza in soup form is tasty. So get in your kitchen and try this!”

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon ghee

3 cloves of garlic, minced

3 sprigs of thyme, minced

1 onion, diced

1 six-ounce can tomato paste

1 can whole tomatoes, 28 ounces, undrained

¼ cup water

1 pound Italian sausage

1 can beef broth,14 ounces

½ red bell pepper, chopped

6 mushrooms, chopped

1 package pepperoni, 5 ounces

1 can sliced black olives, 2.25 ounces

red pepper flakes

Directions:

1. In a large pot, melt the ghee over medium-high heat. Add in the garlic, thyme, and half of the onion. Sauté for 3-5 minutes or until the onion is translucent. Add the tomato paste, canned tomatoes, and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Then, put the tomato base into a blender in two batches. Blend until completely smooth.

2. Cook the Italian sausage in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Continuously break apart the sausage into small pieces with a spatula while it cooks.

3. Sauté the bell pepper, remaining onion, and mushrooms in the large pot for 5 minutes. Stir in the beef broth, tomato soup base, and Italian sausage. Simmer until ready to serve.

4. While the soup finishes cooking, halve the pepperoni slices, and brown them in a small frying pan over medium high heat.

5. Ladle soup into several Mason jars. Top soup off with the browned pepperoni, a few olives, and crushed red pepper flakes, or add those ingredients when you are ready to eat!

6. Cap the jars off with reCAP POUR or FLIP Mason jar lids for easy storage in your refrigerator or freezer.

Happy National Soup Month!

-Jade



Press Release: New reCAP Fermenter to Revolutionize Mason Jar Fermentation

Erie, PA (1/17/2017) — reCAP® Mason Jars, creator of the original reCAP POUR and FLIP Mason jar lids, announces a revolutionary fermentation solution: Introducing the reCAP Fermenter, the world’s easiest waterless air lock that works with Mason jars.

With the popularity of fermenting foods at home in Mason jars on the rise, CEO Karen Rzepecki spotted an opportunity to create a product to simplify the process: “A lot of people were using our reCAPs with a 3-piece air lock for fermenting. Once we started fermenting, I thought there had to be a better solution. There wasn’t, so I created one.”

The reCAP Fermenter converts the already popular POUR Mason jar lids into a complete fermentation system. Unlike existing fermentation devices, the new reCAP fermenter is both low profile and waterless, providing an easy and convenient solution for those new to fermentation. With less pieces and steps, the solution is simple to use and achieves better results than traditional methods and other Mason jar fermenting tools. After fermentation is complete, the culinary creations can be sealed up and stored for later with the integrated Mason jar lid.

Fermentation enthusiasts and newbies alike can easily get started with reCAP’s solution. Along with the device itself, reCAP provides a series of webinars and an eBook which teach DIY fermentation. “My sauerkraut will be ready in a few days, and my kimchi has a few more weeks,” writes Kickstarter Backer, Fran Haapanen. “The airlocks are working perfectly. I love them!”

For those curious about Kombucha or craving kimchi, the fermenter and corresponding eBOOK can be downloaded at MasonJars.com.



Top Food Trends of 2017

Picture: Winter Buddha Bowl by ThatCleanLIfe

With a new year comes new food possibilities. From Kombucha to Buddha bowls, many diverse and tasty healthy foods can fill your Mason jar this year. Remember to take these "to-go" with our FLIPS or POURS!

Here are the top 10 food trends of 2017:

(Number 10 is our favorite!)

1. Seaweed as the new kale in salads.

2. Harissa as the new hot sauce of choice.

3. Sparkling probiotics, kombucha, and teas will continue to replace soda.

4. Fresh turmeric root will be frequently added to recipes.

5. Goat cheese and milk

6. Buddha bowls

7. Alternative proteins such as tempeh, chickpeas, and jackfruit

8. Enhanced transparency in food labeling

9. Repurposing food waste

10. DIY pickling and fermentation


Additional reading:

Buddha Bowl Recipe

8 Healthy Food Trends for 2017

The Top Food Trends for 2017, According to Pinterest

Buzzfeed's Top Food Trends for 2017



Smoothie Solutions for New Year #healthgoals

Reach your #healthgoals with reCAP. We found recipes that combine two of our favorite things: smoothies + fermented drinks!

Healthy smoothies have been a popular “to-go” drink for awhile now. When made correctly they can be an excellent source of vitamins, fiber, and protein. From adding kale to turmeric, new smoothie superfood variations pop up everyday. What’s the latest and greatest smoothie trend these days? Adding fermented drinks and probiotics!

Adding a cup of a probiotic drink like Kombucha or kefir can boost energy levels and improve immunity and digestion. Bust out a probiotic-packed smoothie as a breakfast replacement or an easy post-workout snack.

Ginger Strawberry Kombucha Smoothie

From healthysmoothiehq

For the past few weeks we’ve been brewing our own ‘Bucha and we love it! Here’s another usage for some leftover Kombucha.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup kombucha (homemade or store bought)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 inch ginger, peeled and minced or 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger

The Add-ons

  • A little honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds or chia seed gel
  • 1 fresh or frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • Any other healthy ingredients or superfoods you have on hand

Show Time

Place all the ingredients into your high-speed blender and blend for around 30-45 seconds or until nice and smooth. Note, if you don’t have a very powerful blender you might want to blend everything except the coconut oil first, then drizzle it on and blend for another 5-10 seconds to avoid clumping. Pour into a Mason jar and cap it off with one of our reCAP Mason jar lids to take your smoothie to-go.

Visit healthysmoothiehq for additional smoothie + kombucha recipes!

Have a healthy 2017,

Jade



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