I have a grandmother who would never dream of buying containers to store leftovers or food for the freezer. She has always reused food containers, such as glass pickle jars or plastic cool-whip and sherbert containers, so I am not quite sure how or why I got started buying plastic food storage containers. Maybe it was the screw on lids that attracted me and how they were so uniform and neatly fit in my freezer or cupboards.
Several years ago, it struck me that I was using plastic food storage containers (with screw on lids) that I bought at the grocery store to store my homemade freezer food and at the same time I was throwing perfectly usable glass food jars in the recycle bin. It seemed a bit wasteful. I have since made a vow to not buy any more plastic ware and just reuse the glass containers from the pickles, salsa, pasta sauce or any other food that I buy.
The glass jars are perfect for storing my homemade sugar-free applesauce, homemade chicken stock, and roasted tomato sauce in the freezer. They can be used for storing anything and not just in the kitchen. I use recycled jars to store baking goods (those blue Ball jars were a yard sale find), leftovers, matches, Q-tips, cotton balls, and office supplies.
The jars might not all be the same shape and size, but I’m not shelling out money for containers anymore. I soak the jars in water to remove the label and clean in the dishwasher. When using a glass jar for freezing, do not fill all the way to the top, leave an inch open to allow for expansion that will happen when the food is frozen. To label, I have written with a sharpie on the jar or the lid, used a piece of masking tape or my label maker.
Do you buy food storage containers or reuse food containers?
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This post is linked to Frugal Friday at Life as MOM.