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What can I do with the empty glass jars I've been collecting from applesauce, spaghetti sauce and pickles? I've been washing them and storing them but I have no idea what to do with them.

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We use them to store items that we buy in bulk, (like beans, nuts, rice) so that only a small portion is in the main pantry area at one time. This also helps to deal with pantry pests. You can also freeze soups & stews in them if you don't fill them all the way. I also take my lunches in glass jars and then heat it up in a separate bowl that I keep at work.

I'm sure there's a lot more uses. I'm interested to see what other mamas use their glass jars for too.

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Lots of times we use them to drink out of.
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we use ours for food storage instead of tupperware, also to drink out of and the kids use them to store small toys and bugs in.
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I also do all the things mentioned above with mine. I was also going to add that you can make candles. Or sell/donate them on craigslist or freecycle. Donate them to a local school for art projects. We have a really cool museum that has an art section. They are always taking donations.

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Make gifts in a jar for Christmas!

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We use them as sweet tea glasses, storing small craft items, shells, collections, making gifts-in-a-jar!
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I am starting to amass quite the collection myself. I have this brilliant plan, though. I'm going to buy a bunch of couscous, rice, millet, quinoa, whatever and make a bunch of mixes, you know like you'd buy boxed mixes. Then I have them conveniently ready to go. All I've got to do is boil some water or whatever. I like the idea of it. We'll see if I actually do it. I really like to make my own mixes, as it's WAY cheaper and I get to control what goes in (ie salt and preservatives).

I also use glass jars to store dry beans, flour, sugar, etc. I just cut letters out of old mags and mod-podged them up ransom-style for labels. It's pretty cute if I say so myself.
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Use them for storing dried foods, left overs for in the fridge, of for freezing food in (just make sure you don't fill them to the top!)

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Thanks for all the suggestions. I don't want to use plastic to store things so I have been using them for leftovers in the fridge but I never knew you could freeze stuff in them.

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I am starting to amass quite the collection myself. I have this brilliant plan, though. I'm going to buy a bunch of couscous, rice, millet, quinoa, whatever and make a bunch of mixes, you know like you'd buy boxed mixes. Then I have them conveniently ready to go. All I've got to do is boil some water or whatever. I like the idea of it. We'll see if I actually do it. I really like to make my own mixes, as it's WAY cheaper and I get to control what goes in (ie salt and preservatives).

I also use glass jars to store dry beans, flour, sugar, etc. I just cut letters out of old mags and mod-podged them up ransom-style for labels. It's pretty cute if I say so myself.

Do you know of any websites with those kind of recipes? All I ever see are the cookie/brownie type recipes.

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Do you know of any websites with those kind of recipes? All I ever see are the cookie/brownie type recipes.
I'd be interested in finding out too!
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I have a cabinet that I store the empties in, and I use them for food storage. When I get too many to fit into that cabinet, I recycle them.

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