she's got ja-ars
she knows how to use them
she's a sta-ar
she knows how to choose them
((I apologize. I just couldn't get that ZZ Top song, Legs, out of my mind when I was thinking of a title for this post. If you don't know that song, you should probably go read another blog
as I must be old enough to be your grandma. :) ))
Sometime last year I embraced my love of empty jars. Not just any old empty jar, well, okay maybe any old empty jar, but mainly empty food jars. I spoke of it first here and then here and if I remember right, I brought some of you over to the clear side with me. Are any of you all still here? I certainly am.
I noticed a funny thing a couple of weeks ago. Every cabinet I opened up seemed to have an empty jar in it...just sitting there and staring at me. I had lots of them in use but the empties were starting to take over. First, there was one innocently resting in the canned goods. It seemed fine so I let it alone. The next day there were 3 of them there and they had the poor tomatoes cornered. I knew I had to do something...this was getting serious!
Alright. I'm going to stop the jar gone wrong story right there. It gets pretty ugly and I don't want to bring you down this morning. My main point in bringing this up was to let you know that I still love these jars.
I use them for everything! I did notice they were starting to pile up though, so I gathered the unused one and stacked them all together in my pantry and now I feel much better about it. They are like little glass soldiers waiting to be called up for service. (am I too dramatic about these jars? maybe a bit.)
I have to say the jelly ones are my favorites but salsas are a close second. Spaghetti sauce jars are great for freezing leftovers or bringing a drink along in the van or even on a walk. The mini garlic jars are darling but I can't get the stank out of the lid so I'm going to use it for something else.
Also, I HATE plastic storage things. HATE THEM. My storage drawer for them was always a jumbled up mess and the lids were always missing and I just hated them. So, I threw almost all of them away after Christmas. I started using my jars for left over storage, along with this set I got at Target last year, and I am so much happier. I kept 2 small plastic containers for the kids' lunches but the rest are gone. That was so freeing.
To wrap it up: don't throw your jars away! They are diamonds in the rough! Their value is yet to be known! They are like free awesome gifts from the food manufacturing gods!
I need to get a life, no?