Today's tip: What are you storing?
A few falls ago Brian and I decided we should do some canning. Because why not? The boys liked picking things; we liked being outside; we liked knowing what was in our food. We picked berries and apples and peaches from a nearby farm. We made jams and canned apple pie filling. They worked great as gifts for a long time, and supplied us with a lot of yummy jam and some delicious apple pies. But then we had to store the giant speckled canner and the glass canning jars. Blerg. So they sat inside the canner and in a box in our pantry.
About that same time, one of us broke what ended up being the last water glass from our wedding registry. We were drinking out of a random mishmash of cups and glasses, when it hit me! Glass canning jars were collecting dust in the pantry! If we got rid of our plastic restaurant and conference cups and random souvenir glasses, we could just drink out of the canning jars.
We mainly drink out of Mason jars now—the little jam ones are perfect for the kids, and the wide mouth pint size ones are perfect for bigger hands. I use some quart size jars to store things like rice and nuts in. It seems that we are constantly collecting more jars as we use jam and other canned items, and will have plenty to use once canning fever hits us again.
Today, look around at what you’re storing. Can you use it on a daily basis to replace something else? Be creative!
If you do end up drinking from jars, here is a link sent in by a reader. An idea for your younger kids, or for your coffee!
Jar lids from Cuppow