Plastic wrap and bags are used quite often today to save and store leftover food.
Disposable plastic-lidded containers are now on the market. Use it once and toss it in the trash can. With a little planning we can save money and make a happier planet. At the end of the day we could be looking down into an almost empty trash can!
Glass mason jars – for more than just canning?
How about considering the use of glass mason jars for some of the leftover food storage in the refrigerator? The canning season is here and glass mason jars are appearing on the grocery store shelves. For a one-time investment, of less than ten dollars in some areas, a dozen glass jars can be purchased. They don’t have to be discarded in a landfill. Wide mouth pints are great for storing small amounts of leftovers, and wide mouth quarts for easy storage of larger portions. They make great cookie jars and they’re transparent! Wash the empty jars and reuse them for generations.
Look for food products that are packed in reusable glass!
Some companies pack mustard in small glass jars that are a great size to become reusable pudding containers. Start making your own pudding for the family from your own special recipe. Reusing can be fun and remember that what you cook in your own kitchen will not have additives and dyes! This is another plus for your family. You’ll be raising healthier children and having fun in the process. Get the children involved! It’s never to early to become aware of healthy food products that are packed in reusable glass containers from the grocery store!
Reuse glass canning jars for generations?
In the late 1800’s very little was packed in glass jars. The Hazel Atlas Glass Corporation was the first to make glass fruit/mason jars. By 1902 glass jars were becoming popular. Hazel Atlas was also first to make mayonnaise jars and pickle and baby food jars. They made glass tumblers, catsup bottles and jars for salve, ink, glue, shoe polish and cosmetic creams.
Refrigerator shelves displayed reusable and sturdy glass storage containers with embossed glass lids. Snuff was packed in glass bottles and chipped beef, medicine, soft drinks, jelly, syrup and peanut butter.
How many economists today are still using some of Grandma’s glass mason jars that were shared and passed down?
Coffee was packed in reusable glass jars that sit on some kitchen counters today. These glass jars are still being used for storage of foods like dried beans, sugar, brown rice or even homemade fudge. Beautiful and colorful glass dinnerware, given away by the early door to door salesmen, are collector items today.
Reuse is fun!
Get started and you’ll never look back. Every time you see a massive landfill with bulldozers climbing over the mountains of waste you will know there is a better way!
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