Save glass jars and bottles to reuse as unique storage containers for food in your kitchen.
It is the little things in life that add the add the spark to our lives. And the same is true for what we place in our homes. We should surround ourselves with beauty on a daily basis and try to find ways to make even the most common of items that we reach for put a smile on our face.
Our cupboards and pantries are full of different sizes and colors of packaging. Businesses spend a lot of money trying to make their products stand out from the others. But when we bring them home, it isn't necessary to have the boxes and bags vying for our attention. I love dispensing things like pasta, rice, and baking supplies into clear glass jars and containers so that my pantry can look as clean and organized as elsewhere in my home. And for smaller quantities of things like tea bags or candy bars, you can easily repurpose glass jars that you would otherwise be throwing away.
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I do a lot of baking and like to buy bulk sized bottles of vanilla because I go through it so quickly. Time after time, I'd reach into the pantry for the large, clunky bottle and find it hard to hold on to and inconvenient to use and store. And don't even get me started on the lack of style this plastic bottle gave to my cupboard!
As a side note....When making cakes and cookies, it is almost impossible to tell the difference
between pure vanilla extract and imitation, so it is not worth it for me to spend more money
than I have to. There is a more noticeable different in low-heat sweets like pudding and
ice cream, however. This is where spending extra for the real thing is worth the cost.
After a little searching, my mom found a bottle of raspberry syrup at Home Goods that was in a beautiful container perfect for repurposing to hold the vanilla in the pantry. After enjoying the delicious topping on pancakes and waffles, the glass bottle was easily washed out and the labels were cleaned off the sides. Now I can fill the special bottle with vanilla and store the plastic bottle out of sight until it needs filled again.
As crazy as it sounds, this simple bottle makes baking a batch of cookies seem a little more special.
I've also repurposed some jars that had jelly in them from Christmas Tree Shops to hold my homemade hot chocolate mix and marshmallows this winter. The large jars stack nicely and are much prettier to see and easier to store than a plastic container and half empty bag of marshmallows.
Glass is a wonderful material that can be easily cleaned, used again and again, and keeps food fresh. Years ago, our grandmothers would save jars out of necessity and not just for re-use in the kitchen. Although there are plenty of options out there for us when it comes to purchasing storage containers, there is no reason why we can't occasionally save the jar we are ready to throw out for unique storage in our cupboards.
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