Pickle Jar Storage Containers

My husband enjoys Farmer's Garden pickles by Vlasic, so we've made a habit of travelling to the closest grocer that carries it once a month.  It's the one pickle jar that I like the look of, so much in fact, that I started using them to store our dry food goods.  Since these are mason jars, they're the best repurposed food jars we've found to reuse for storage, without needing to do much else than eat its contents and sanitize the jars.


We've lived upstairs since April, so we literally have saved a jar per month while living in our apartment.  :)  Currently, we're storing:  confectioner's powdered sugar, organic brown rice, popcorn kernels, and coffee beans.


It takes just a day or two for my husband to power through the pickled vegetables for snacks.  Afterward, I partly fill a dishpan with warm soapy water, let the jar soak, and remove the label.  Using a scrub pad, the remaining adhesive easily rubs off.  Then, I include the jar with the dishwasher load and remember to hit steam sanitize.  They've come out hot and smelling clear of pickle fragrance, so far.  :)


The mason jars reinforce farm-to-table style, including mL and cup measures up to 2 cups, so you can estimate what volume of goods are left.


The glass and metal lids are unbranded, but do still display typical safety labels.  However, they are not visible when on the shelf, and the silver lids coordinate well with our kitchen, so I have decided to not spray paint them.


Reusing these jars help me reduce the amount of glass I send out to state recycling centers.  The glass is sturdy and the contents are clearly visible.  The style coordinates well with our kitchen, and they feature cup measures.  =D  Lastly, they help me remember how long we've lived in our home and are displayed openly on our kitchen ledge shelves, a project I'll explain next Tuesday.  :)

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8 comments:

  1. Very stylish way to display and save! Pottery Barn charges $9.95 each for jars similar to these. It's also a neat remembrance of each month in your new home. Can't wait to see your kitchen ledge shelves!

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    1. I didn't realize jars could cost that much without anything in them. :) In my mind, I waxed poetic about the ways the first month was like powdered sugar, the second month was like hearty brown rice, etc., but that would not have been true. I hardly remember what everything looked like each month, much less what food would be analogous to my feelings about it. :)

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  2. And Pottery Barn's didn't even have a top! They showed it with a votive candle and a little twisted wire for a handle. (Cute, but not 9.95 + tax + shipping cute ;) The food analogy makes me think of ways to use this kind of jars for food gifts -- like a wedding shower gift with a different jar of goodies for each day of the Honeymoon, maybe their initials painted on, hmmm.. I'm going to write that one down, it may work for other occasions too. :) I always get new creative ideas from your blog!

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    1. You're so kind, Joanne. =D The inspiration is mutually shared between us, as I'm learning so much from you as well. Your wedding shower gift is great! I've been thinking about sending my daughter a reminder everyday that she is married, as in the movie Fireproof, so she could grow her marriage. Maybe you could include little notes like that with your food items, too. =D

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  3. That is an awesome tip. Now I wish we liked pickles :) I love that you have your flour etc stored in glass and not plastic. So much healthier.

    I need to find someone who likes pickles LOL.

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    1. Your comment made me smile so wide, Katja. =D Haha. I wish you well on your quest to find a pickle-loving friend!

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  4. How slow am I to discover your blog, Yvonne?!? So glad to know about it! You and I were both into jars this week. You could reuse these jars for jam too! :) Have a great weekend. Sharon

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    1. Haha, Sharon, I didn't even realize that jar connection until you mentioned it. Thank you for answering my question about your freezer jam. =D

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