Cold Soaking Jars

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  • Shave weight, save time and hassle
  • Straight sides, no lip, easy cleanup
  • Smooth bottom, scrape all food out
  • Ribbed lid, good grip
  • Leakproof lined lid
  • Handles boiling water too


Cold Soaking Jars allow you to shave weight and save time and energy by going stove-less. Cooking meals on the trail may be a favorite part of the day for some. But for others, it’s a headache that requires a lot of extra gear. Many foods you’d normally rehydrate or cook with boiling water can be prepared just as easily with cold water and a little time – that's cold soaking. All you need is a sealed container to soak food in and 30-60 minutes.

Just add water to your food at least a half hour before you plan to stop for the day or eat your next meal, then keep on hiking. It’ll be ready to eat the moment you set your pack down. No more assembling a stove, waiting for water to boil and food to rehydrate, monitoring fuel levels, or scrubbing burnt pots. If you find these things to be a burden, then break from the routine and leave the stove and pot behind.

Our Cold Soaking Jars are translucent polypropylene that meet FDA standards and are BPA free. You can see what’s in it and how much is left. Straight sides with no lip means food doesn’t get caught and cleanup is a breeze. Unlike Telenti and peanut butter jars, the inner walls and bottom are both smooth so it’s easy to scrape all food out with a spoon (except a tiny bump in the bottom center). The lid is ribbed for good grip while screwing on and off. And an F-217 polyethylene foam liner in the lid seals the jar so it won’t leak in your pack. While you get bonus gelato with a Telenti jar, you won’t get a lid with a seal. Same with a peanut butter jar. And if you want to use our jar for rehydrating a hot meal, go ahead and pour boiling water right in. Telenti and Peanut Butter jars will melt with boiling water. 


Compare Litesmith Telenti Peanut Butter
  No lip YES YES No
  Smooth inner bottom YES No No
  Lined lid YES No No
  Use with boiling water YES No No
  Bonus gelato Nope Yum! Nope
  Bonus peanut butter Nope Nope Yum!
  Weight, M - 16 oz/475 ml 1.84 oz (52.1 g) 1.88 oz (53.3 g) 1.2 oz (34 g)


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Cold Soak

  • Oatmeal/grits
  • Ramen
  • Macaroni
  • Couscous
  • Instant mash potatoes/rice
  • Refried beans
  • Dried veggies/fruit
  • Soups
  • Hummus/tabouli
  • Freeze dried/dehydrated foods


Thru Hiker Faves (web finds)

  • Rolled oats, dried fruit, vanilla instant pudding powder, and dehydrated milk, add cereal or granola after cold soaking
  • Frito Nutella Peanut Pie - layers of Fritos, sun-melted Nutella, and peanut butter becomes a bar overnight when cool
  • Pad Thai - ramen with sriracha and peanut butter
  • Instant mash potatoes with mayonnaise for max calories and creaminess
  • Roasted garlic and olive oil couscous with mayonnaise and a salmon packet
  • Dehydrated beans mixed with instant rice and taco seasoning
  • Dehydrated lentils with curry powder and coconut milk powder
  • Curry - instant rice, coconut milk powder, curry powder, dried veggies
  • Cheesy Broccoli Rice – instant rice, cheese powder, butter powder, dehydrated broccoli




     Material: Polypropylene (PP), meets FDA standards, BPA free

     Color: Natural (translucent)


     Material: Polypropylene (PP) with F-217 polyethylene (PE) foam liner, meets FDA standards, BPA free

     Color: White or Black


     Large: Small nests inside Large

     X-Large: Medium nests inside X-Large, Small will too but not recommended because it's difficult to get out

 Size  Volume Meal Size Neck Size Outside Diameter Inside Diameter Inside Depth Height Weight
Lid Jar Jar Jar Jar + Lid Jar + Lid
S 12 oz (360 ml) Small Meals 89/400 3.6 in. (91.9 mm) 3.32 in. (84.3 mm) 3.23 in. (82.0 mm) 3.06 in. (77.6 mm) 3.31 in. (84.0 mm) 1.89 oz (53.5 g)
M 16 oz (475 ml) Telenti size 89/400 3.6 in. (91.9 mm) 3.27 in. (83.1 mm) 3.23 in. (82.0 mm) 3.92 in. (99.6 mm) 4.12 in. (104.6 mm) 1.84 oz (52.1 g)
M Short 16 oz (475 ml) Same height as S, larger diameter 100/400 4.1 in. (103.5 mm) 3.72 in. (94.5 mm) 3.68 in. (93.5 mm) 3.00 in. (76.2 mm) 3.25 in. (82.6 mm) 2.31 oz (65.5 g)
L 20 oz (600 ml) Same height as M, larger diameter 100/400 4.1 in. (103.5 mm) 3.72 in. (94.5 mm) 3.68 in. (93.5 mm) 4.00 in. (101.6 mm) 4.24 in. (107.7 mm) 2.44 oz (69.3 g)
XL 26 oz (775 ml) Large Meals 100/400 4.1 in. (103.5 mm) 3.70 in. (94.0 mm) 3.68 in. (93.5 mm) 5.00 in. (126.9 mm) 5.22 in. (132.7 mm) 2.70 oz (76.4 g)

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  • 5
    Great Larger Size

    Posted by John on 28th Apr 2024

    Talenti jar was a too small for some of my meals. This fits my needs and has a good better lid seal.

  • 5
    Cold soak jar

    Posted by thomas conover on 13th Apr 2024

    Looks like it will work great on trail. Got a spare lid drilled holes in it to use as a strainer.

  • 5
    Cold soaking jar

    Posted by Sean Moore on 28th Mar 2024

    Getting ready to start SOBO AT through hike early June and wanted to try cold soaking

  • 5
    Just the Basics

    Posted by Unknown on 20th Dec 2023

    Tried a variety of jars, but this one satisfies my needs for cold soaking without sacrificing the clean-up. No threads or divots in the jar to impede cleaning the inside after the meal. The lid seals well too, which oddly wasn't the case with some recommended jars.

  • 5
    Excellent for cold soaking and more

    Posted by Unknown on 3rd Jun 2023

    These don't leak (unlike the PB jars I've been using). Plus as described, they are easier to get all the food out of. I bought two sizes for different foods, but the Large is better. I can get a whole meal in it with a risk of overflowing. Funny how much I feel comforted by these containers!

  • 5
    Don't need to buy Talenti

    Posted by Unknown on 23rd Apr 2023

    These are nice lightweight cold soaking jars

  • 5
    A mininalists dream

    Posted by Clint on 26th Mar 2023

    I use this for cold soaking foods, cold brewing coffee & tea, shaking protein powder with water (it doesn’t leak) and sometimes just food storage. It works perfectly for all of these and keeps my gear inventory low & light! Hoorah! Life is good.

  • 5
    it does the job

    Posted by Unknown on 28th Jan 2023

    This jar hadn’t leaked even though I use it daily to thoroughly shake my protein powder. It’s better than plastic jars I have been able to find as part of food or merchandise packaging that I’ve seen over a couple of years. Also, it’s hard to buy a jar or two online, especially those described in adequate detail. I think buying from litesmith is one of your more efficient options, even if you might think the world throws enough polypropylene at you that surely such jars might be available for a fraction of the price. Perhaps … if you bought at least ten or a hundred.

  • 5
    Just Right

    Posted by Randy on 1st Dec 2022

    Just right to fit in my pack. Bought 2 jars for my wife and I. Great product.

  • 5
    Best cold soaking jars. Period!

    Posted by Delwyne on 16th Oct 2022

    If you intend to cold soak, you won't find a better container anywhere than the Litesmith jars. They are light weight, tough, translucent, easy to eat out of and easy to clean!

  • 5
    "The Best Cold-Soaking Jars Period"

    Posted by Terry Pollard on 15th Sep 2022

    I purchased the Large Cold-Soaking Jars 20 oz (600 ml). The shipping was super fast, and the jars are an absolute quality product. Perfect flat bottom, large 3 11/16 " opening and clear. New to the world of "Cold-Soaking", I found these jars go best with a product by Humangear called "GoBites Click Spoon." The spoon fits right inside the (600 ml jar), also I purchased an extra jar, just drill some holes in the lid and "Ta-da" you have a cold-soak strainer. Thank you for an awesome product.

  • 5
    Works both Cold Soak and Hot meals

    Posted by Bob P on 16th Jul 2022

    I have been spent years looking for containers that would allow me to carry a cold soak jar that doesn't leak, and allow me to make a hot meal on colder mornings / evenings FInally found it - Thank you

  • 5
    Great jars!

    Posted by Joe S on 28th May 2022

    The 600 ml size nests perfectly in a 500 ml pot/cup (GSI brand, ~3.7 inch inner diameter), is big enough for re-hydrating my typical meals, and is easy to keep clean. When you're done you can also store a 110 g fuel canister, lighter, etc in the jar and use the lid to hold everything in place without rattling around.

  • 5
    No Leaks!

    Posted by Cola on 10th Apr 2022

    I bought the 16oz and it’s a perfect size. No leaks at all, and worth the price to have a cleaner profile inside than the free gelato jars. Thank you!

  • 5
    Great Jars

    Posted by Bruce W on 13th Oct 2021

    I purchased 3 sizes over the past few months & love them. I use them for cold soaking food. The wide mouth makes it easy to fill, mix & eat from. The jars do not leak & are light weight. Some sizes nest well. Check internal/external dimensions.

  • 5
    Must have gear

    Posted by greg James storino on 28th Sep 2021

    These containers are awesome. Even if you don't cold soak, they serve as a perfect, lightweight container for eating meals. Doubles as a 24 ounce water storage container. A good technique is to save weight by putting all your freeze dried in ziplock bags. Use these containers to soften the freeze dried with hot or cold water.

  • 5
    great for cold-hearted soaking

    Posted by Bruce E West on 26th Sep 2021

    The jar is great for cold-soaking. The lid does not leak. Just bottom is smooth & flat.

  • 5
    Easy to eat from and to clean

    Posted by Ted C. on 11th Sep 2021

    The headline says it all. No groves, no dimples, no ridges, nothing to get in the way of your spoon searching for yummy morsels and nothing to make cleaning harder or nearly impossible. Fits into my Mountain Laurel Designs 520mm Titanium cup and weighs 3 grams less than my other jar. The weight saved isn’t a big deal but the ease and thoroughness of cleaning really is! Good job, Litesmith! And thanks for the fast delivery.

  • 5
    Cold Soak Wonder

    Posted by Kat on 31st Aug 2021

    Great container for cold soaking. The lid was tight with no leaking and the straight sides and even bottom made eating (and clean up) a breeze!

  • 5
    No Brainer

    Posted by Jeff on 10th Aug 2021

    What’s to even think about? This product is inexpensive, and it works. It seals so there are no leaks. The peanut butter jar might, or might not. Is that a chance you want to take? I ordered on a Saturday, and it went into the mail that day. Great product, and great service. What else can I say?

  • 5
    Better than Talenti Jars

    Posted by William McCaffrey on 8th Jan 2021

    I’ve enjoyed cold soaking in Talenti jars for a few years now. To cut to the chase, the XL jar is a game changer. Just order it. You’ll be glad you did. It gets a great deal of use in the backcountry and around my home.

  • 5
    Not just great for cold soaking. Wonderful for foraging too!

    Posted by Alan Nechols on 29th Oct 2020

    I got these for cold soaking but also for foraging. I do a lot of foraging for plants I can turn into tinctures. These plastic jars are way easier to bring with me than glass jars and I don't have to worry that I'll stab myself and destroy my gear if I slip on a hillside and fall on my pack.

  • 5
    If you want to remove the liner...

    Posted by Unknown on 14th Oct 2020

    Great jar. The straight edge lip is much better to eat out of than my peanut butter jar. 775ml is the right size for hiker hunger on long trails where I'd be fixing something like two ramen packs or a whole Idahoan pack plus some protein. The lid liner is nice to prevent leaks, but I had concerns about keeping it clean long-term as it's glued in to the lid, and liquid will undoubtedly seep underneath. This was easily rectified by pulling up the outer edge of the liner and yanking it free. There were four glue dots on the lid which were easily scraped off. Now the liner can be popped back in where it’s still fully functional and removed easily when washing it to get underneath.

  • 5
    Excellent product

    Posted by Erik Hagen on 19th Sep 2020

    After years of recycling of types of containers I came across and found them to be the best I've used. Straight side walls, easy of clean, and no leaking, what more could you ask for. I like the 16oz size the best as it is the right diameter for my hand.

  • 5
    great soaking jar

    Posted by Unknown on 8th Sep 2020

    I ordered the extra large. Worked great for adding water and placing in pack to soften freeze dried food. Lightweight and tight seal.

  • 5
    simply the best

    Posted by Foxpoop on 4th Sep 2020

    Seal tight No aftertaste Super easy to clean-way better than nut butter jars Durable

  • 4
    Skip the Skippy's jar....

    Posted by John Q. Public on 19th Jul 2020

    ... and grab some of these. Much better grade of plastic than the commercial food jars. Due to human error on my part, I ended up with a Medium and an X Large. But in the end I win because the Medium will nest inside the X Large. How cool is that. Highly recommended. Litesmith really did their homework to find these.

  • 4
    Tis but a jar . . . .

    Posted by Uncle B on 9th Jul 2020

    Much better shape than a peanut butter jar. The 16 oz size came in at 1.7 oz on my scale. Okey Dokey for your cold soaky. Should be delightful. Next up, the bar only diet, about 12 bars a day, 1.8 oz/210 cal each on average. Six days of food in three medium Loksaks, 8.1 pounds.

  • 5
    As advertised and more!

    Posted by Bipedel Squarepusher on 8th Jul 2020

    Delivered on time. It exceeded my expectations upon first impressions. Best cold soaking jar out there. I went with the 26oz. Perfect size for long hauls and the needed calorie intake. Litesmith wins this round.

  • 5
    Effective & Lightweight

    Posted by Unknown on 18th Jun 2020

    Want an 12oz, 16oz, 20oz or 26oz round and spill proof container with an easy screw-on lid, look no further than cold-soaking jars. They are extremely lightweight, too. Highly recommended.

  • 5
    As described

    Posted by Unknown on 14th Jun 2020

    Simple and straightforward product. The polypropylene can handle boiling water without melting compared to the plastic in Talenti jars. Really like how easy it is to clean. Arrived very quickly.

  • 5
    Flat sides, good tides

    Posted by Unknown on 18th Mar 2020

    Works great, much easier to clean out than a peanutbutter jar. The one I ordered got destroyed by the postal service and litesmith sent me a new one free of charge immediately no questions asked. A++