Each Tuesday this year, I will share about something in your household that you can reduce, reuse or recycle.
Much to my husband’s chagrin, items I love to reuse and repurpose are glass jars and bottles from food products. In my house, they become an annoyance because of the way they sometimes accumulate in our cabinets.
I happily keep anything from jelly jars to olive jars, tall and skinny caper bottles and big jars for spaghetti sauce. Glass peanut butter jars and spaghetti sauce jars are my favorites. After I’m done using a product I wash the glass container. Sometimes the label comes off right away – other times it stays on for a while. Since I don’t purchase much processed food, this doesn’t happen so very often. Then I store it in my cupboard with my other glass food storage containers.
- I’ve stopped using plastic in my kitchen.
- The variety of shapes and sizes can be filled with many different things. Small jars are great for liquids. Wide-mouthed jars are handy for batter. Broth can be divided up and stored in several sizes – so you can have one-cup, two-cup and three-cup amounts ready to store in your freezer.
- It’s an ultra-affordable (free!!!) way to upgrade to glass storage containers.
- If they break, I don’t care because I don’t feel like I’ve wasted my money.
- I can pass along homemade concoctions to family and friends without being concerned if my containers are ever returned.
- I’m reducing both my spending and consumption. Of course I could recycle them, but why bother when they’re so useful?
The number of repurposed glass bottles that I store in my cabinet is dependent on what I’ve been cooking. I love to use them to store:
- Homemade bone broth
- Homemade pickles
- Leftovers of from-scratch soup or chili
- Leftovers of pancake or waffle batter
- Homemade salad dressings
- Homemade BBQ sauce
- Soaked beans that are ready to add to a recipe
- Homemade cranberry sauce
- Homemade mosquito spray
- Rose water
Do you save glass jars and bottles? What do you use them for? What kinds are your favorites?
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