Repurposed glass jars canisters for the kitchen; an easy way to make use of what you already have and organize your pantry
Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. – Boyd K Packer
Back when I lived in Arizona I worked in a meal assembly business.
Obviously, we had lots of large containers of food come through. Unfortunately, many were plastic but sometimes we hit GOLD!
Large glass jars were a fabulous treat and several of us would fight over them as they make fabulous canisters for the kitchen.
THREE WAYS TO REMOVAL JAR LABELS
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- SOAK – Often just soaking in warm soapy water will remove the label,
- HAIR DRYER – Turn the hairdryer on hot and heat up the label. Attempt to pull back one corner of the label and heat the label while pulling.
- BAKING SODA/OIL – Try equal parts baking soda and cooking oil. Rub it all over the label and let it sit for about 30 minutes. This is also helpful in removing the sticky residue left behind (or you can use goo-gone).
REPURPOSED GLASS JAR CANISTERS – TIPS
- WHERE TO FIND JARS – If you don’t work in the food industry, how do you come across these jars? You can ask a restaurant you frequent if they have jars you could come pick up to reuse. You can also ask around, shop the industrial food aisle at the grocery store, and look at your local free groups on Facebook.
- PAINTING LID – If your lid color isn’t what you wanted, you can easily spray paint it. First clean lid. Next, use a primer, let it dry, and finally spray paint the color you like. Here is a tutorial on how to paint jar lids if needed.
- REMOVE PRINTED INK – You can often remove any printed ink on the lid with nail polish remover.
- LABELS – If you would like labels, you can do some chalkboard ones here so you can change the type of contents as needed. You can also make these labels:
PROS OF USING GLASS JARS AS CANISTERS?
Dry ingredients need to live in a hard container like glass, hard plastic or metal and I use a combination of all three.-Simplebites.net
- CHEAP (or possibly free)
- EASY TO SEE WHAT IS CONTAINED
- NO CHEMICALS
- SIMPLE DESIGN/LINES
- YOU ARE REPURPOSING!
GLASS CANISTERS ARE GOOD FOR:
- DRIED FRUIT
- FLOUR, SUGAR
- MOST DRY INGREDIENTS
We hope we have inspired you to find some of these beautiful jars and reuse them for your pantry organization. Oh, and don’t forget you can do this with your spices as well.
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