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Char says ...
I am using my jars for change. I have them in a cabinet and show them to my grandson and let him know that this is for "Disneyland" when he is five! He may not understand this but helps put the change in the jar which may actually be teaching him to save!
08/03/2007 9:32:04 AM CDT
Diana Hunt says ...
I borrowed an idea from a friend: take the shortest string of mini Christmas lights (usually about 25 lights) and coil it in a quart jar. Add potpourri in the middle. When you plug in the lights, they warm the potpourri, providing both a soft scent and a pleasant glow. This is a lovely thing to put in the bathroom for a nightlight or for guests, especially around the holidays. You can vary the colors of the lights by the holiday (e.g., red, white and blue for Fourth of July!). If you have outside electrical access, you can plug in one of the Christmas tree cords with spaced outlets, and use these jars to illuminate a patio or deck. Just make sure they are placed so no one will trip over the cords!
08/03/2007 10:04:23 AM CDT
Beverly Nussbaum says ...
I love to recycle glass jars. Almost everything edible that I buy in bulk or in paper packaging gets tranferred to a clean recycled glass jar when I get home: coffee beans, grains, flours, nuts, rice, small pastas, dried peas and beans, snack mixes, granola, olives. I also use them to store perishables and leftovers in the fridge. Recycled jars provide sturdy storage that protects the contents from odors, critters, and oxidation. The transparency enables me to see what's inside and reminds me to use something up or buy some more when the supply is running low. The jars come in all sizes, clean easily in the dishwasher, and best of all, they are free.
08/03/2007 12:03:54 PM CDT
Libby Jennison says ...
I like the idea of using them for doorstops, Kath, and it also gave me an idea... my boyfriend has a really nice hollowed gourd that he filled with sand... but he uses it as an incense holder-- just sticks it into the sand, and lets the ashes fall into the sand. I think I'll try that with a wide mouthed jar.
08/03/2007 2:11:04 PM CDT
Jan Waldhoff says ...
I usually like to have more than just a cup of tea or I make a smoothie breakfast. The normal 16 oz cup or glass is not enough. I use it a glass, it is great and if I need a large glass of water. I don’t care if they get broke. Storing things like garlic that makes containers smell who care if it is a jar that you can recycle when it gets broken or needs to be replaced.
08/03/2007 2:38:48 PM CDT
Vikki Walton says ...
Depending on the color of the glass jar, I use them for different purposes. Dark brown ones from old Kombucha bottles or supplements are great for home-made tinctures or creams. Clear glass ones are good to use for gifts of home-made sugar scrub or granola. Simply paint or attach a cloth to the jar lid and voila, you've got a free container. And instead of putting leftovers in the fridge that become science experiments, using a glass jar is an easy way to spot what's inside--and they come in all sizes, perfect for that bit or bunch leftover.
08/04/2007 4:26:36 PM CDT
Sandra Hannon says ...
I never throw away glass jars! I can always find a use for them. I also love making homemade organic cookies and giving them to my friends and family and people I do business with. They love them and are especially delighted when I present a dozen cookies in a glass jar. I tie a festive ribbon around the lid and, using a hole puncher, attach a lable to the ribbon that says: "Jar O'Cookies". Who doesn't love getting their very own "cookie jar" filled with delicious homemade, organic cookies! I also make my own homemade organic salsa and reusing glass pasta jars is a great way to present this as a gift. I also love re-using glass pasta jars to store picnic foods in. They transport easily, stay very cold in the cooler and are easy to serve from. When I was a young girl, I fondly remember when Pecos cantaloups would come in season because my beautiful grandmother, Ruth, would peel, seed and cube the cantaloups and store them in, you guessed it, recycled glass pasta jars. I am proud to say that I continue her tradition with not just cantaloups, but all melons, such as honeydew and watermelon. The melon stays nice and cold in the refrigerator and looks so beautiful. I have brought many "jars" of melons to summer potlucks. They also look beautiful on a picnic table as centerpieces. Last, but not least, I always store nuts and coffee beans in re-cycled glass pasta jars in my freezer. They keep for many months and whenever I need nuts for a recipe, it is so easy to just measure out what I need. The same with coffee beans. Whenever I need a half cup of beans to process for a french press, it is so easy to measure them out of the glass jar. Storing the coffee in the freezer allows me to keep several varieties of coffee available without having to worry about the coffee becoming "stale." Re-usable glass pasta jars: you can't beat them!
08/04/2007 5:33:08 PM CDT
Claire Geiger says ...
I reuse glass jars for drinks from home or coffee shops. That way, I eliminate the need for a paper cup that gets wasted. Coffee shops are always willing to let you fill your jar up or will do it for you. (Sometimes you even get a discount for bringing your own) They are perfect for taking drinks on the run (especially for college students) becuase they have the screw-top lids.
08/05/2007 10:40:54 AM CDT
Sandy says ...
The empty pasta sauce Mason jars are great for using on the blender to mix up breakfast protein shakes. After it is all blended I just drink it right from the jar. Only one container to wash.
08/05/2007 12:14:42 PM CDT
V. A. Fisher says ...
Use clean glass or plastic spice jars to hold little sewing items so you can find them quickly. Whether you need a white shirt button, a thimble, or a safety pin, you can locate it readily. Use larger plastic jars to hold spools of thread. This is a handy and decorative way to recycle!
08/05/2007 4:13:59 PM CDT
Janet Ketchen says ...
I reuse glass jars every day as I make my own organic kefir. I use a quart glass jar with a plastic seed sprouter lid to make it and often have more than one on the go. After straining it, I pour the kefir into pint glass jars with plastic lids. The kefir keeps longer in glass jars as well.Great for giving it away as well. My kefir is great as an alternative to buttermilk. Love it.
08/05/2007 5:36:48 PM CDT
Helena says ...
In the summer, I use glass jars and the hot interior of my parked car to make yogurt. I put scalded, cooled milk with yogurt starter in an assortment of glass jars (which I place inside a baking dish to make carrying them about easier), and then I put the whole thing in the passenger footwell of my car. After 4 or 5 hours on a hot summer day, I have delicious creamy homemade yogurt. Then I just put lids on the jars and put them in the fridge. This does take a little advance planning but it is pretty effortless for a great product.
08/07/2007 5:47:55 PM CDT
W James Hadden Jr says ...
Why does reuse of glass containers have to relate to consumption-driven outdoor parties? Isn't it enough to clean and save jar and lid? We most often do this when we preserve fruits or jellies—we use new lids in these cases, but reuse both jars and tightening bands. When we make pesto, hummus, or a variety of tomato sauces, we always turn to previously-used yoghurt or dipping-sauce containers. We do call a halt at road-kill plastic water bottles!
08/09/2007 2:19:24 AM CDT
Karen Goldberg says ...
I am saving all of those jars from our Sweet Leaf Tea Lemonade for a science project for my son's class. They will be dying some water and mixing it will other liquids of different densities. When they shake it up, it will be a wonderfully colorful mixture. When it sits for a short bit, they liquids will settle based on their densities and separate. The mason jars seal well so it will be something good to take home and share with friends. Learning in class is one thing but when a kid can take it home and retell the lesson to someone else, it takes on a whole new life.
08/10/2007 3:39:31 PM CDT
barbara says ...
I save my jars for storage of my sewing and craft supplies, herbs I dry from my garden, current bugs to identify, dog cookies I make for my poochies and give away, decorated gift jars to fill with candy at holidays, collections of marbles, rocks, loose change,....hope. the wider the mouth the better, glass only of course.
08/14/2007 9:11:52 AM CDT
m huse says ...
We use glass jars for many things, incluing many of those listed above. While I like to recycle as much as possible, cleaning the jars can be very wasteful of water usage. This is minimized by washing other dishes on top of the jars first to both clean them and loosen rhe labels, soaking stubborn ones by leaving in used dishwater with some hot water added, waiting until a bunch of labels need soaking and by diverting the dishwasher discharge water into a dishpan (use gloves to empty-do not touch woth your skin!) for soaking.
08/18/2007 9:41:44 AM CDT
Sean O'Connor says ...
I re-use jars to store smaller items to keep them all organized. One is full of change.
08/26/2007 10:50:50 PM CDT
amy says ...
I keep my glass bottles to simply drink out of them. these could be jam bottles, milk bottles, pasta sauce, etc. After cleaning them and removing the labels, they take on a very different look. they have characters that you wouldn't have notice before. they come in various sizes so you can use them all different purposes: a small glass of juice, a big glass of water, and good glass of ice-tea. they brighten up your glassware collection and make it fun.
08/30/2007 5:07:24 PM CDT
Nina says ...
We reuse our glass containers (with the glass lids) from candles for spices and herbs. They look great and we are recycling. Purchase the candles with the lighter scents as it is much easier to thoroughly clean the jars and lids, the plastic portion of the lids sometimes retain some of the candle scent. We usually stay with vanilla or mocha scented candles.
09/15/2007 5:09:31 PM CDT
Jessica Swartley says ...
I love glass jars! We use them for everything. I am a pickle fanatic so we have alot of pickle jars. I sterelize them before I use them. If the label has a nice look to it I will leave it on and use it for a center piece with candles or tee flowers floating in water. I also like to cut out pictures and modge podge photos all around it or magazine and newpaper clipping so you can see the candle light from the inside. Be creative and have fun.
10/04/2007 9:02:01 AM CDT
Mary Ann says ...
I use my glass jars in combination with my FoodSaver. They have lids that can be purchased to be used on (wide or small mouth) mason jars. Once the air is sucked out of the jars, the flavor and freshness of the food lasts longer. They can be used on dry ingredients such as coffee beans & nuts or left-overs in the fridge. Anything that can stretch my food dollar has a star in my book.
11/26/2007 6:41:05 PM CST
Marguerite says ...
after cleaning the jars, besides using them for storage containers as many have mentioned, I also use them as sterile outdoor drinking jars. I put fresh lemonade in them and can park the jar almost anywhere and not worry about dust or bugs getting into my drink. It's great!
01/18/2008 9:56:11 PM CST
Tracey Sullivan says ...
I reuse jars to store left over items that have strong odors, such as scallions, onions, chives, and garlic. the seal is air tight, and they last longer than using plastic wrap or foil.
10/14/2008 9:36:12 PM CDT
Wendy says ...
My sister reuses her glass jars as drinking glasses for her and her family. She loves how different they all are. Small jars for juice, large jars for water etc.
09/12/2009 8:18:54 AM CDT
fran says ...
I love glass jars too. However so many of the lids have strong odors that I find impossible to remove, and I can't find replacement lids. Any suggestions on how to banish lid odors?
09/20/2009 5:43:05 PM CDT

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