Homestead Hack: Obtaining Small Jars For Gifts

~by Tammy Taylor~

 

As is our tradition, RancherMan & I are making many of our Christmas gifts ourselves.  This year we’ve been busy making several different kinds of gifts.  I’ve also been experimenting with making extracts – it’s all been so much fun!  I thought some of those extracts might make great gifts, but if I was going to give them as gifts I needed to purchase small jars to hold them.  But it just seems… I don’t know – not quite right to go to the craft store & buy small bottles.  Thankfully I’ve found an alternative that works beautifully – check out today’s Homestead Hack.

OBTAINING SMALL JARS CHEAP: I needed small bottles to hold my gifts. I've found an alternative to purchasing empty bottles that works beautifully #TaylorMadeHomestead

When contemplating these small jars, my thoughts turned to another time recently when we were looking for spray bottles and decided that for the same price (or LESS) we could purchase heavy duty spray bottles that were already filled with product.  Win/Win! So of course I thought I’d give it a try to fill this need as well.

Purchasing Items Sold In Small Jars

RancherMan & I went to the Dollar Store and looked in the food section for something that was sold in small glass jars.

OBTAINING SMALL JARS CHEAP: I needed small bottles to hold my gifts. I've found an alternative to purchasing empty bottles that works beautifully #TaylorMadeHomestead

We found these tiny jars of salad garlic and decided they would work quite nicely.  Even though these garlic cloves were very subtly flavored I was concerned about tale-tell aromas sticking around when the bottles were empty.  So I first scrubbed the empty jars with hot soapy water and baking soda, then I ran them through a dishwasher cycle.  When they came out of the dishwasher I allowed them to thoroughly air dry for a couple of days.  They ended up crystal clear and odor free, so I know they’ll work perfectly for our gifts!  I’ll fill them with our extract, print out a cute label and wrap it festively and they will make super-cute gifts from our hearts.

~TMH~

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17 thoughts on “Homestead Hack: Obtaining Small Jars For Gifts

  1. Michelle

    I’m glad to hear that you could get rid of the garlic smell. That’s awesome news. I have a few empty ones that we saved but I never put them through the dishwasher. Maybe that’s why they still have a faint whiff of garlic. Great idea, thank you

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      It worked for me, Michelle. Although I think the dishwasher helped a bunch, I feel the stint out in the strong sunshine is what finally finished removing the garlic aroma for my jars. ~TMH~

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  2. Laura Lane of Harvest Lane Cottage

    This is a great idea. I have repurposed things like this, but not bought food especially for the project.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Me too Laura, but it sure worked perfectly for these particular jars. And extra garlic for us? SCORE! ~TMH~

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  3. Elaine

    Too Cool! Thanks for sharing on My 2 favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again this week (with out any glitches) Pinned!

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  4. Judith C

    I’ve gotten to the point where I purposely look for things packaged in jars or glass bottles. Some flavored waters and natural juices come in 12oz bottles that make great spray bottles when you add a spray nozzle to them. I love the ones that are green or blue.

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  5. Margy

    I’m always saving jars and bottles to reuse to store things for myself and to take small amounts of condiments, etc., on camping trips. Jars work better than plastic bags because they don’t leak if the ice chest gets a layer of water in the bottom. – Margy

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      That’s a good point about jars not leaking in a cooler Margy – thanks for the tip. ~TMH~

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I’ll bet those little syrup bottle extract gifts were adorable, Lana. Surely a win/win when it’s both repurposing as well as cute! ~TMH~

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  6. ColleenB.~Texas

    Them are cute jars. I save all my empty spice containers as well as my empty extract and food coloring jars. They really do come in handy sometimes.

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  7. ColleenB.~Texas

    cute little jars. I save my empty spice jars / containers for future use. Them little jars are great for so many things. They really come in handy when a small jar is needed. Saving the extract and the small 1 oz. food coloring bottles would be ideal for your homemade extracts.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I love the idea of saving extracts in small 1 oz food coloring bottles Colleen – the perfect size! ~TMH~

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  8. Ilene Jones

    I grow my own garlic so I was thinking maraschino cherries, I think Aldi and BigLots sell them in little bottles. My biggest challenge in reusing glass bottles is the lids retaining odors. I’ve tried soaking them in bleach-water and sometimes this works but not always. And if I want to reseal the jar, bleach sometimes damages the sealing material that’s on the inside of the lid. I’d probably try to find something that, if the odor couldn’t be removed from the lid, maybe it would compliment the flavor of whatever it was that I was refilling the jar with. You rock!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I’ve also read that direct sunshine can deodorize the lids so I placed them in a sunny windowsill after they were washed & dried just to make sure!

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