A Jar Full of Savings!

I had an epiphany one day! Instead of recycling empty glass jars, I decided I would reuse them. I buy a lot of beans, grains, etc from the bulk section at our food co-op. Buying  a new food item also meant the purchasing another mason jar. We save a lot of money by buying the bulk items, but we have taken our savings a step farther by reusing glass jars. I’ll take you through the steps:

  1. Soak the jar in warm soapy water. Then wash to get all dried food, etc off (you can also stick it in the dishwasher).
  2. Allow the jar to dry by placing upside down on a drying rack or towel. If you will be removing the sticker/label residue (see below), you can skip this step and just dry the outside of the jar.
  4. I don’t like the leftover residue (the sticky goo and the white paper)  from the label, so I remove by soaking in rubbing alcohol.

    I pour the alcohol on make-shift rags (we cut up old t-shirts) and place on the area of interest. I usually let it sit for about 30 minutes or longer. It probably takes a shorter amount of time, but I just leave it and go do other things. The residue can now be removed by rubbing it off with the rag. If the sticky goo needs a little more attention, scrape it with a butter knife.
  5. Wash the jars again to remove any rubbing alcohol.
  7. Let the jars dry completely.
  8. Add food: rice, beans, nuts, spices, etc.

pistachios in a reused pickle jar

garbanzo beans in a reused jelly jar

Voila! You’ve stored your food, and saved yourself some money.


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