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Old 08-12-2012, 11:15 PM   #21
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We have a Penzey's down the road, so I go there quite a bit. One tip when buying from Penzey's: save the jar and refill with their bulk packages, which come in plastic bags. It's a LOT less expensive than buying a new jar every time.

That's what I do too. You can also buy new bottles with blank labels and make your own. Sadly, the label doesn't take printer ink and smudges. I just duplicated the label graphics on my computer and print my own labels.
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:41 PM   #22
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That's what I do too. You can also buy new bottles with blank labels and make your own. Sadly, the label doesn't take printer ink and smudges. I just duplicated the label graphics on my computer and print my own labels.
I carefully rip the label off the Penzeys bag and stick it on an old mustard, mayo, salsa or spaghetti jar. Then pour the product in. It comes off easily, and is nice and sticky.
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We have a Penzey's down the road, so I go there quite a bit. One tip when buying from Penzey's: save the jar and refill with their bulk packages, which come in plastic bags. It's a LOT less expensive than buying a new jar every time.
I don't buy spices on line, but I do buy the bulk packages. I've been doing that since the '80s.

Sometimes I print a label (I have a label printer) and sometimes I just write with a Sharpie. The jars from capers are very good for spices, as are the ones from pickled artichoke hearts. I get very annoyed when labels won't wash off easily.
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:12 AM   #24
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I initially bought all my Penzys in the spice jars, now I refill them with the larger packages. Simply, at the time I could and I wanted all my jars to be the same size, made creating shelves for them easy.
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Old 08-13-2012, 06:32 AM   #25
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I initially bought all my Penzys in the spice jars, now I refill them with the larger packages. Simply, at the time I could and I wanted all my jars to be the same size, made creating shelves for them easy.
There's your kitchen OCDedness showing! I buy my spice jars at a local bulk food store. I also use small canning jars. I too have a label maker...I label the jars. I don't buy blends, so don't need the ingredients list.
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I get very annoyed when labels won't wash off easily.
I have had success in removing stubborn labels and adhesive with some stuff called Goo Gone. Before finding that, depending on the type of adhesive, I have used cooking oil, hot water and/or lighter fluid as a last resort. There used to be a brand of steel wool in these parts called Danny Duzit. Haven't seen any for a spell, they were mighty durable. Steel wool also helps overcome stubbornness in a label.
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I'd rather blow $100 - 150 every year or two at Penzeys, rather than dropping that amount in a restaurant.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:51 AM   #28
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I love Penzey's, too. Like Andy, I am due for a run soon.

But there are a couple of things I like that only Spice House sells.
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I have had success in removing stubborn labels and adhesive with some stuff called Goo Gone. Before finding that, depending on the type of adhesive, I have used cooking oil, hot water and/or lighter fluid as a last resort. There used to be a brand of steel wool in these parts called Danny Duzit. Haven't seen any for a spell, they were mighty durable. Steel wool also helps overcome stubbornness in a label.
I first heard about Goo Gone when I was a member of a car detailing forum. Big discussions about how toxic is the stuff.

I hadn't thought of using cooking oil. I usually soak them in hot water and if they won't scrub off, it better be a really good jar or it goes in the recycling bin. I'm actually mostly annoyed that the manufacturers make it so hard.
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Old 08-13-2012, 12:06 PM   #30
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As far as I can find out, label adhesives can be water based or oil based. Goo Gone certainly has it own set of difficulties, as does naphtha (lighter fluid). Always follow manufacturer's directions for use.

Failing that...I used to use those contrary jars for target practice. Mrs Hoot ain't fond of that, so into the recycling bin it goes.
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