So what exactly can you do with them? Here are 8 uses to get you started!
1. Food Storage: I use recycled glass jars for soaked and dehydrated nuts and seeds, dehydrated fruit slices, popcorn, evaporated cane juice, Allergen-free Chocolate Chips, coconut flakes, homemade baby formula, bone broth, homemade trail mixes, etc. I try to avoid plastic storage as much as possible in order to keep unhealthy toxins from getting into our food. Recycled glass jars help keep our foods pure and fresh in our pantry or fridge, and don’t require an added expense or trip to the store. Just make sure to avoid using them for extremely high temperatures, such as in canning or freezing. You’ll need specialized glass, such as Mason Jars for those purposes. For basic food storage, recycled glass jars will get the job done for free.
2. Gifts: With a little ribbon or bow or a nice decorative lid, recycled jars easily make a nice gift of whatever treasure you have prepared. (I used scrapbook paper on the lid below and glued it on with mod podge for a nice personal touch.) Give baking mixes, homemade lotions, sugar scrubs, and more!
3. Soaking Nuts: I recently started soaking the raw nuts we buy in order to improve digestion and nutrient density. I simply fill the jars with water, add about 1-2 teaspoons sea salt, and pour in the nuts. After a good 7-10 hour soak, I rinse them out and dehydrate overnight. The nuts are crispy and much more nutritious for my family to enjoy.
4. Sharing Meals: If your dinner guests just can’t get enough of your meal, send them home with glass jars of leftovers! The jars can also be used for transporting prepared meals for a new mama or sick friend without the added stress of having to have the dishes washed and returned. Simply stick on pretty Stickers and Labels, place in a nice basket or bag, add a bow or ribbon, and deliver a nice little blessing of yummy goodies.
5. On-the-go Snacks: Glass jars have been great for packing our homemade baby food and snacks for the kids when we’re on the go. Instead of using plastic containers that contain harmful chemicals and toxins, we are able to pack in these great little jars for easy snacking. When empty, we can then use them as cups to pour their drinks or dump in a recycling bin if we’re short on bag space.
6. Cups and Drink Storage: I love drinking green smoothies for breakfast but am sometimes in a rush to get out the door. In order to help with those busy mornings, I double up on the ingredients when making a smoothie and pour the leftovers into my glass jars. I then screw on the lid, store in the refrigerator, and shake it up when I’m ready to drink it. I’ve also found the jars useful for infused water drinks, excess brewed tea, and simply enjoying a cold beverage out on the deck.
7. Pencil Cups: Why go out and buy a pencil cup when you can use a recycled glass jar? Just remove the lid and throw in those pencil colors, markers, pens, highlighters, etc. With a little creativity, you can make a custom decorative piece for your office, kitchen counter, or school room.
8. General Storage: Small glass jars have also worked out well for helping us keep our junk drawer in order. I have one for all of those loose screws, nuts, bolts, etc. and another in the school room for paperclips and pencil leads.
Can you now see why I save them all? Somehow, some way, I always find some sort of use for them. And to top it all off–it costs me absolutely nothing! And when one accidentally takes a fall? No worries. It goes in the trash or recycle bin after a well-lived and exciting life.
So, what do you do with your recycled glass jars?