In my mind, there are two kinds of jars: Mason or canning jars, and other jars.
My obsession doesn't stop at canning jars. I hate to throw out jars that we empty at mealtime. These cleaned jars hold flowers, rooting cuttings, dehydrated foods, and leftovers.
Partly it's because we don't have trash pick-up; I won't throw glass jars down a ravine and they can't be burned. To recycle jars and bottles, I'd have to drive at least 45 minutes to a town with recycle bins, and I rarely go that direction. It's easier to wash them out and reuse them, eliminating the need to buy other containers.
A couple of years ago I gave away a boxful of empty spaghetti sauce jars. I put a free ad on Craigslist, although I really didn't think anyone would want them. Surprisingly someone did. She told me I saved her a lot of money on Christmas gifts. I'm not sure what she did with them, but she didn't have to buy the canning jars she'd planned to use.
My brother gave me this spice holder the Christmas before my youngest child was born. The jars are long empty of course, and I've repurposed the whole thing in my "office" to hold buttons, paperclips, push pins and so on. Those small bottles are wonderful for holding all kinds of little objects.
I save other emptied spice jars to hold my homemade taco and chili seasoning mixes. I prefer to store food in glass rather than plastic, but I do use plastic spice jars for this.
Empty soy sauce bottles are great for homemade vinegar, salad dressings, and olive oil, or to hold a single sunflower or rose. The two bottles above hold plum vinegar and pear vinegar. Notice the "mother of vinegar" on top of the liquid, and the "stuff" near the bottom, which is also mother.
Along with my blue Mason jars, I like little brown bottles too.
This brown jug was found in a ravine on our property. I'd love to know how many years it sat half-buried, and how it remained unbroken. What did it hold originally? Now it holds a tall branch.
Any jar and lid with a rubber ring inside can be vacuum-sealed with a FoodSaver. This makes them great for storing dry staple foods such as rice or popcorn, or dehydrated foods.
The humble jar is more valuable than a lot of people think.
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