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I was just thinking about all the plastic I use in my kitchen, and ways to minimize it. I've been saving glass jars from jelly, tomato sauce, etc and using those for storage, but I still found myself reaching for plastic bags when I had a small amount left over (like one serving.)<br><br>
Anyway, I just thought of the perfect solution- baby food jars!<br><br>
I don't currently have any babies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/happytears.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="happytears">: but I'm sure I can find some uses for pureed veggies or fruits (thickening soups, carrots in carrot cake or tomato sauce, fruits mixed into yogurt or milkshakes, etc.) and then just save the jars for storing leftovers.<br><br>
This <b>is</b> going to wait until after I move though- I'll be using plastic bags for a few more weeks!!
 

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Yes, I love baby food jars! I also save all of my jelly jars, juice bottles and and thing else that's good quality glass that comes my way. I also found Kerr quart mason jars at my co-op for $1 today. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Canning jars cost about $6 a case for the smallest ones (1/2 pints I think). They're short and squat like baby food jars, but have wide mouth tops that use the large rings/lids and are easier to get stuff out of, and clean.<br><br>
If you can find a small, family-owned hardware store, they often carry canning jars. Thrift stores and yard sales are good sources, too.
 

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I was just going to say mason jars....<br>
Good minds think alike!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I save jars from spaghetti sauce, pickles, jam, etc.<br><br>
When I want to steam some frozen veggies I can heat them up in the jar in the microwave, then if there are any leftovers I can just put the lid on and put them right in the fridge.
 

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I save jars as well!
 

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Me too! Salsa jars work great too... not the bigger thin necked ones, but the short fat ones (if you know what I mean) ... they are quite bigger than baby food jars but not huge...but not as big as mason jars...<br><br>
love em!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">ok- how do i get the pasta sauce lids unstained? AND how do you get labels (and glue) off the jars?</div>
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Lids - I pour some vinegar in the jar, screw on the lid and stand it upside down for a day or two. It doesn't really come "unstained" but it takes care of the smell.<br><br>
Labels & glue - Soak the jars in a sink of hot water for an hour or so. Most labels will scrub right off, although I occasionally come across some with glue that just won't quit. Those go in the recycling...
 
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