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Old 08-25-2006, 03:44 PM   #21
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I save jars too - from small glass spice bottles to one-gallon jars that I've gotten from a local deli (they originally had pickles in them, I think). I think glass is the perfect container for many foods.

I use larger jars to store whole grains and dried beans. Medium size jars I use for dried fruit and vegetables (like sun-dried tomatoes) and for home-milled flour. (I could use "zip-lock" plastic bags but I like the idea that I'm not contributing non-biodegradable bags to my local land fill.)

When the holidays approach, I make spice blends, pesto, lemon curd and homemade chutneys for gifts - and I use all those small jars I've saved. They always are welcome gifts.

Color me a confirmed glass recyler!

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Old 08-25-2006, 04:00 PM   #22
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With a toddler in the house I prefer plastic. My mom used to save all manner of jars and plastics. Probably because my brother and I had lost countless tupperware containers. And mom always canned lots of vegetables from the garden.

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Old 08-25-2006, 04:21 PM   #23
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I'm glad this thread came to the fore front again. I just cleaned and put away a newly emptied plastic quart container.

I need to get that out of the cabinet and toss it.
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Old 08-26-2006, 03:57 PM   #24
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Hey Bob....got some bottles for you!
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Old 08-26-2006, 07:48 PM   #25
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Woodworking is my other hobby, so I save all glass and plastic jars. The uses are unlimited..

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Old 08-26-2006, 11:42 PM   #26
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Saving bottles helped me win a battle with my DH. He couldn't find the salsa in the fridge and I insisted that we had finished it--he was sure that I had tossed it---then knowing that I saved all jars, as containers cost you your first born child in Kazakhstan, he went searching through my jar collection. Sure enough, there was the clean salsa jar waiting to be used. END of argument. When is the next meeting???????
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Old 08-28-2006, 06:57 PM   #27
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Friday we had wonderful appys with the most wonderful wasabi caviar. I saved the little tiny jar (thinking I could manage it on the boat). Sure enough Saturday I had some spice rub left over from dinner prep. That little tiny jar was perfect. Of course we also spent yesterday looking for a 1.5 gallon container for some lightly used peanut oil. All the jars are in storage!!!! DH had to run to town and by bottled water to get the containers.

The next meeting should be soon! It looks like I might be back at it!!!!!!
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Old 08-28-2006, 07:52 PM   #28
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I'm not sure I want to come to the next meeting!! Youngest daughter gave me some more jars/bottles last week!!! Of course she does not save them for herself!! She saves them for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-24-2006, 08:45 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by Shunka
I thought I was the only one with this affliction!!! I know that I picked up this habit from my grandmother, whom also never met a jar she didn't like!!!! Shoot, even neighbors have started saving jars to give to me (I'm in deep trouble here, lol!).
I can relate to this. Aside from my grandmother's propensity for bottle and jar collecting, it turns out she also saved pill bottles and baskets. After she died, I had the job of cleaning out the attic when I moved into her house. There were 4 large boxes filled with prescription pill bottles dating back over sixty years! I guess you never know when you'll need several gross of small containers. <G> The only thing thing that seems to have rubbed off on me is the bottle thing. I got rid of most of hers (saved the antiques), and promptly started my own collection. Anyone need some baskets? I need the room for my bottles!
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Old 09-24-2006, 09:56 PM   #30
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....guilty But I only keep the oddly/unusual shaped ones.....and others not so odd or unusual! What is the deal with that? I have used some to hold my spice rub for chicken when I make a big batch at the beginning of the season, others for vinaigrettes, others for flavored vinegars or oils that I intend to use right away. I use a lot of dry sherry and marsala when cooking so I keep the tops to those in...................another jar, along with other various sizes of corks. JA - I need a meeting BAD!


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