Introducing reCAP Explore - the must-have gift for curious kids. Inspire the adventure with the Bug Catcher Kit, which includes a 32 oz. plastic Mason jar, green carrying handle, and reCAP Explore in Glow Green or Blue, featuring a magnifying flip lid with breathe holes.
Your purchase also includes a FREE Explore Activity Book download (a $3 value).
As a member of 1% for the Planet, reCAP donates 1% of Explore sales to participating organizations like Environment Erie.
This year, give a gift that gives back!
Sharing a mutual passion and love for the planet and its inhabitants, reCAP Mason Jars and Amazing Grass are teaming up to encourage customers to #CapTheGrass. The synergy between the two brands goes beyond a commitment to environmental responsibility - customers can take their favorite Amazing Grass creations, like smoothies and snacks, 'to-go' with reCAP's Pour and Flip.
Pictured below, we added ice, almond milk, and Holiday Cookie Green Superfood to make a delicious and nutritious slushie.
Little goblins, witches, and ghouls will shriek with delight discovering the treats inside this jar. Makes an excellent Halloween gift for kids, teachers, and friends.
Simply fill a Regular mouth Mason jar (any size) with the recipient's favorite candies. I added Halloween erasers and ink stamps and topped it with a Glow-in-the-Dark reCAP Flip. Once the candy is eaten and Halloween is long over, reuse the jar for storing toys, craft supplies, or holiday treats!
"Fermentation is a metabolic process that converts sugar to acids, gases or alcohol."* Well, that's what Wikipedia has to say about it, but there is so much more to the recent emergence and popularity of fermented foods. Most often associated with alcohol, fermentation is also a delicious way to preserve fruits and vegetables, while supplying your body with beneficial probiotics and enzymes.
It's not as hard as you might think. Yes, you, too, can ferment right at home. FARMCurious.com is an excellent resource of inspiration, recipes, information, classes, and products. Here's a ghoulish recipe for Fermented Fingers (they're actually carrots, and they are delicious). And if you just want the 101 on fermented foods and need a little more convincing, check out this post by Wellness Mama, Health Benefits of Fermented Foods.
If you are an experienced fermenting guru, here's what reCAP fans are saying about fermenting with Pour:
"My largest problem with fermenting has been the size of fermentation vessels (usually a gallon and up). When looking for a solution I found your reCAP referred to several times as a way to use pint and quart jars for fermentation. Your caps, a drilled cork and a fermentation lock and any mason jar becomes a perfect fermentation vessel. After doing one batch I was totally hooked."
"I'm excited to share your product with them as it has made small batch fermentation so much easier and fun. I can do a 2 cup test of a new experiment rather than a gallon. It makes playing with flavours a great deal of fun."
Photo Courtesy of FARMCurious
The caps are reusable, multi-purpose, BPA-free, and made with FDA-approved durable plastic. They are Made 100% in Eeeerie, Pennsylvania, USA.
Many of our fans and customers use reCAP for on-the-go snacks & drinks, and as a way to store and serve candy for Halloween parties - "share snacks not germs." Using Mason jars with reCAP for bulk buys is a smart way to save time and money, while keeping your items fresh. Shake up spirited drinks and bubbly concoctions, too. Create a night-light with LED lights - #WhatWillYouReCAP?
Along with the exciting, much anticipated launch of reCAP Explore, we have created a fun, educational activity book for our Kickstarter backers. The book includes kid-friendly recipes like No-Bake Critter Cookies, nature facts (did you know that spiders play dress-up, too?), and coloring and drawing pages.
Is this a spider or an ant?
This downloadable book was created by the reCAP team and Environment Erie educators - and of course, it was tested on parents and kids! One parent commented, "My three kids range from 4 to 9 and the activity book had something for each one."
The Goin' Explorin' storybook tells the tale of two wide-eyed young explorers who meet and embark upon an adventure of discovery. Along the journey, the two friends light up the night by catching fireflies in a Mason jar.
Launched on Kickstarter with the reCAP Explore, several reward categories include the Goin' Explorin' storybook by author, Mary Moodey, and illustrated by Justin Wisniewski. Sharing this story and product with others, Karen, Mary, and Justin hope to create lasting memories and traditions to unite family and friends and to inspire a love and curiosity for the natural world.
In addition to writing, Erie author, Mary Moodey, has taught elementary through college students, designed and directed arts-infused, multi-disciplinary school-wide curricula; given arts-in-education workshops, poetry readings, and storytelling/dance performances of her children's stories. A number of her poems have appeared in literary journals throughout the United States.
Justin Wisniewski is an artist and designer who currently resides in Western New York State. He has taught at the collegiate level on such topics as drawing, painting, design and color theory. His artwork revolves around personal expression, a love of nature and visual phenomenon.
ERIE, PA – Local Mason Jars Company, maker of reCAP, introduces the first ever glow-in-the-dark magnifying cap for Mason jars.The reCAP Explore will fit any Regular-Mouth standard Mason jar, allowing parents the flexibility to choose a glass jar that perhaps has been passed down through the years or recycle a plastic jar. The cap screws on easily (even for smaller hands), and once a critter is found, the little explorer flips it open to catch, closes it, and looks through the breathable magnifier.After getting a good look, flip the cap open again to release and keep on exploring.
Passionate about recycling and reusing everyday items like Mason jars, reCAP will be promoting the use of Justin’s Peanut Butter jars with the reCAP Explore.Earlier this year, reCAP began a partnership with Classico® to encourage customers to reuse and repurpose Classico® Mason jar (24 oz Red Sauces).
The reCAP Explore is the result of Founder, Karen Rzepecki’s own memories catching bugs as a child, as well as how her son, now grown, would catch them when he was just a little boy. Karen reminisces of those days, saying of her son, “He’s just as curious about the world today as he was back then – it’s this interest in nature that inspired me to make the Mason jar Explore cap especially for kids.”
Written by local author, Mary Moodey, and illustrated by Justin Wisniewski, a storybook, Goin' Explorin,' tells the tale of two wide-eyed young explorers who meet and embark upon an adventure of discovery. Along the journey, the two friends light up the night by catching fireflies in a Mason jar. Sharing this story and product with others, the creators hope to inspire lasting memories and traditions to unite family and friends, and a love for nature.
Read more and back this Kickstarter project by visiting MasonJars.com/Kickstarter.
Launched in 2011 in Erie, Pennsylvania, The Original reCAP® Mason Jars was founded by engineer and problem-solving-mom, Karen Rzepecki, who was looking for a solution to pour and store homemade dressing without the mess.According to the company, “Our passion for a better world put the “re” in reCAP - Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, and Recycle. “Find products, recipes, and ideas at MasonJars.com.
Closer to Nature
By Carlo Fuda, Marketing Director, reCAP® Mason Jars
Just like our Mason Jar Mavens, the reCAP team is a mix of Mason jar enthusiasts. Karen, reCAP inventor, strives for zero waste, Laura takes snacks on-the-go for her little one, Nicole shows off her crafty and clever ideas, and Carlo shakes it up in the kitchen. But we all have something in common - memories from childhood catching fireflies in Mason jars. All of us remember a time when we weren't so connected to technology - and we want to inspire the children of today to get out, step away from the screen, and explore all of nature's wonders.
Competing with video games, hashtags, and selfies, the traditions of yesterday do not need to be discarded along with your VHS tapes and Polaroid cameras. Technology isn't an antagonist to classic traditions - in fact, it's a way to learn even more and connect to the outside, non-virtual world. After an afternoon of adventure, catching, observing, and releasing critters, the vast and informative internet is a resource for explorers to validate their findings and learn more about what they saw.
As beneficial as the technology boom can be for learning, it appears to have its disadvantages. Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, explores the connection between common childhood ailments, like depression and obesity, and what he refers to as nature-deficit disorder - that human beings, especially children, are spending less time outdoors (1) resulting in a wide range of behavioral problems (2)(3).
Louv comments that "an environment-based education movement--at all levels of education--will help students realize that school isn't supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.” (4) There is an excitement in seeing so many forms of life that share the planet with humans - from flowers to bugs, our co-inhabitants help us maintain balance in the eco-system and inspire us with their colorful, intricate detail.
By better understanding the world and connecting personally and directly to nature, children in today’s fast-paced world will be more likely to respect and preserve our natural resources so that future generations will have a chance to experience first-hand the detail of a grasshopper's anatomy, the beauty of a butterfly’s wings, and the magic of a firefly lighting up the summer night. As adults, we have a responsibility to teach and learn along with our children about our planet – to care for and admire our biosphere – and doing it together, that’s the best part.
The reCAP EXPLORE is the first ever glow-in-the-dark magnifying cap for Mason jars – designed by parents and inspired by children. Get a closer look at all of nature’s wonders and learn more by visiting our Kickstarter project.
1.Diane Swanbrow "U.S. children and teens spend more time on academics", The University Record Online, The University of Michigan.
2.10 Reasons Kids Need Fresh Air by Kevin Coyle, National Wildlife Magazine
The first ever glow-in-the-dark magnifying Mason jar cap!
Be one of the first to receive one by supporting our Kickstarter campaign (starting 09/15/15).