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  • Cold Soaking Jars
  • 4 Sizes - S to XL
  • Small 12 oz/360 ml
  • Medium 16 oz/475 ml
  • Large 20 oz/600 ml
  • X-Large 26 oz/775 ml

Cold Soaking Jars

    • 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


    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. 


    Compare Litesmith Telenti Peanut Butter
      No lip YES YES No 
      Smooth inner bottom YES No  No 
      Lined lid YES No  No 
      Bonus gelato Nope  Yum! Nope
      Bonus peanut butter Nope  Nope  Yum!
      Weight, 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 Favs (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

     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) Most Popular, 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)
    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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    1. great soaking jar  star rating

      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.

    2. simply the best  star rating

      Posted by Foxpoop on 4th Sep 2020

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

    3. Skip the Skippy's jar....  star rating

      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 . . . .  star rating

      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!  star rating

      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.

    6. Effective & Lightweight  star rating

      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.

    7. As described  star rating

      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.

    8. Flat sides, good tides  star rating

      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.


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