Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Canning Jars - gotta love 'em

Is anyone else besides me in love with their canning jars, even if you don't can vegetables or make jelly? I love mine. I use them for all sorts of things, like storing excess pizza sauce. Or salvaging the contents of a can that was opened by mistake (like when my child opens cream of chicken soup instead of cream of mushroom).
I especially like that you can freeze with them. I don't trust my regular "glad-ware" containers in the freezer but the jars work just fine! For instance, I have a couple of recipes that call for V8 juice. I don't use it often, but it is so much more economical to buy the big jug of it - the 64 oz. jug is just a little more than 12-oz. can. So I bought the bigger container, and poured the remainder into clean jars and popped them into the freezer. I poured the amount that I normally use in my recipes into each jar, so that next time I make one, I'll just let one thaw in the fridge the day before.

Just remember to always leave some head space at the top of the jar for expansion!


Jeanie said...
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Jeanie said...

Those are great for Christmas gifts. You can make it look pretty by stacking the ingredient's of a cookie recipe : )
Then you can put nice material between the lid and pretty ribbon.

VLS said...

Hey! Those jars look familiar. I've started telling people at work that I would like to have my jars back when they get through eating the jam/jelly. Makes me wince when they tell me they just throw them away!!! You've found a great use for them.