Saturday, April 28, 2012

Reusing Jars as Storage Containers

I've gone a little jar happy lately. On my Pinterest page I actually have a board called "Jars and what to do with them." There are so many fun and creative ways to reuse glass jars before they are recycled. Here's one (not so creative) way that I use leftover jars in my kitchen.

Lorelei and I like to have cottage cheese and pears for breakfast or for an afternoon snack on a regular basis. About a year ago I bought a jar of pear halves at Trader Joe's. They were pretty good, but they quickly became my favorite pears because of their container.

The labels come off easily, they are tall and slender which optimizes the vertical space in the cabinets, and the best part (for me at least) is that I can see what's in them. (I'm a bit forgetful, you see.)

I'm also a sucker for Bonne Maman jelly jars. Honestly I have a lot of these because this Bonne Maman is my all-time favorite jelly, but it doesn't hurt that the gingham pattern of the lid is charming and they stack easily. 

 Here are a couple of recipes that I've used Bonne Mama's chestnut preserve:

And Lorelei's favorite, 

What are some of your favorite ways to reuse jars? Share your pictures and ideas in the comments. It may just get 'pinned' on my board. ;-)


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