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Old 07-14-2008, 11:06 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Like fruits and veggies? Sometimes we get really great things at the farmers market and since the kids dont eat it all before it goes bad, I thought I could freeze some of it. I only want small portions to cut down on waste, so I thought of asking a fellow mama to save her baby food jars for me. For some reason I thought the lids on those jars was leeching stuff, but I could be wrong...Has anyone re-used those? Could I get different lids somewhere?
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I have frozen things in glass jars before for short periods of time (< 1 month) with no bad results. Also, I have not heard anything about the lids being bad, but I have never actually bought a jar of "babyfood".
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I'm going to move this to the Green Living/Recycling forum and see if you get some more feedback.

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I do, I specifically bought some baby food to have the jars for freezing (especially breastmilk!). The food doesn't touch the lid, so I'm not concerned about it leaching anything.
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I freeze my stock and leftover soups etc in Mason jars. IME it works fine as long as I don't fill the jar all the way or cover it at first. Anything with water in it will expand, so if you don't leave enough room it will break the glass.

What I do (and this is with quart jars, obviously with a smaller jar you'd leave less space) is fill them to within an inch of the top and then put them in the freezer without a cover. Once the contents are frozen - a few hours - I put the cover on. The food never actually comes in contact with the lid.

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The majority (if not all) of these kinds of lids contain BPA in them.

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From Stocking Up by Carol Hupping : "Choose straight sided glass jars over those with narrow necks and shoulders...those with straight sides are more stable, minimizing the chance of breakage."
Hope this helps.
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