August 16, 2013

How to Reuse & Recycle Glass Jars

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Hey Girls! If you've been keeping up with my social media feeds (FB, Tweet, Instagram), then you know the hubs and I are driving cross country from corner to corner of the US! That's Washington state to Florida, baby! We hit the open road a week ago and our first stop was Flaming Gorge. It's a gorgeous body of water nestled in red canyons. Puppers caught themselves a wild salmon...well, Zack caught it an puppers smelled it before it was sent back to its watery home!

In other news, my computer crashed..Yeah, I'm still crying. 
I lost a bunch of blog photos I took right before we left. And I'm missing my, well, my everything..My settings, my bookmarks, my codes, etc. I am attempting to blog from my iPad. It has it quirks and challenges but I'm learning.  
Have you ever done a blog post just from your iPad? Can it be done? What apps do you use? Help me! 

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Today, I'm talking about extra storage.  
You know when you buy baking supplies and there's just a little too much flour then will fit in your canister? Or when you buy protein powder, but the bag it comes in is just plain ugly? This is the system I use for all overflow baking supplies, ugly packaging issues and foods I cook with, but not all that often- like sticky rice. Well, a long time ago I decided that rather than throw all my glass jars into the recycling bin, I'd just recycle them into containers. I mean, we ADORE those mason jars, what's wrong with a spaghetti jar. Stop practicing glass jar selectivity and start using your free food storage!
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The concept is simple- clean the jars and reuse them. But I've developed a few tricks to getting it just right -->
  1. Soak your empty bottles in soapy, warm water for approx. 1 hour.
  2. Use Goo Gone to remove whatever label is still stuck on your jar, you can even score the label with a fork if necessary. If after this the label is still there, repeat step 1 and 2. I've found that the prettier the jar, it seems the better stuck the label, like some spaghetti sauce jars for example.
  3. Once label is off, you can run it through the dishwasher. 
  4. Depending on where your jars are located, either use chalkboard paint on the lids on a chalkboard label on the front of the jar. 

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I keep most of my jars in a crate on top of the fridge. So for short jars I paint the lids. For taller jars I use a vinyl label on the front. That way I can easily see and  keep track of all my extras, this keeps the canisters on my counter full and keeps me from buying extras at the store since I always know what I have on hand.

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It's a lot easier for me to keep up with my social media feeds than it is with Blogger or G+, due to the spotty Internet reception I'm getting. So I hope you will link up a couple of ways, so we can stay in touch throughout our JOURNEY!! One man, one woman and two yorkies on the open road!! 
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  1. I am a jar hoarder and definitely love this idea :) Happy travels!

    1. I know! Can't get enough of them!! Thanks, friend!

  2. THIS is gonna blow your mind... I just read a blog post (cant remember where, though) with a recipe for making homemade Goo Gone, to remove the goo from your recycled jars. and THEN, she STORED the homemade Goo Gone IN a recycled jar... WHAT??!! It like the circle of life or something? anyway - I know the recipe was coconut oil and baking soda, and you had to leave it sit for a bit for the oil to thicken up some. But,she said it worked like a charm. pretty cool, huh?


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