Homestead Hack: Labeling Glass Jars

~by Tammy Taylor~

 

I’m a big fan of repurposing glass jars.  I mean, what’s not to love?  They look bright & shiny in my pantry and since they’re clear glass I can easily see the deliciousness lining my pantry shelves.  I’ve used canning jars and pickle jars.  Big jars and small jars.  Heck they’re all beautiful to me!  Now back in ‘the day’  I’d put a little sticker on the top to properly label the contents.  Since I’m a “Use Whatcha Got” kinda girl I started using  silver duct tape on top of the jars and I’d just write on the tape with a permanent marker.  But to read the jar’s contents I’d have to pick up & look at the top of the jar.  Sometimes these jars are stacked 3 deep on the shelf.  There’s got to be an easier way!  And there is.  Check out today’s Homestead Hack.

I'm a big fan of repurposing glass jars but I need an easy way to label the contents.. Check out today's Homestead Hack. #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

Now I’m apparently not smart enough to come up with this on my own, I read it on my Facebook Newsfeed (sorry, i can’t remember who originally posted it)  But I wondered why the heck I didn’t think of it before!  Now when I place dry food in my glass jars I take a permanent marker and write right on the surface of the glass!

I'm a big fan of repurposing glass jars but I need an easy way to label the contents.. You can write directly on the glass! #TaylorMadeHomestead

I dehydrated these apples, cut them into raisin-sized chunks to use in my homemade Pumpkin Granola and placed them in two jars – a quart canning jar and a repurposed honey jar. I wrote “Apple Raisins” on the jars so I’d know these were dried apples that I’d use like raisins in my granola.

 

I also placed some dehydrated apple slices in another jar for RancherMan’s snacking pleasure.  It was easy to write on the glass to identify the snack for him.  He enjoys snacking on a handful periodically throughout the day.  And c’mon – who doesn’t love her hubby snacking on apples??  🙂

I'm a big fan of repurposing glass jars but I need an easy way to label the contents.. You can write directly on the glass! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Now some people take extra measures such as oxygen packs or vacuum sealing to assure their dried food stays fresh.  But I’m pretty good about going through my dried food stored in my pantry in a timely manner.  So I just write the contents on a jar, slap on a lid and I’m good to go.

I'm a big fan of repurposing glass jars but I need an easy way to label the contents.. You can write directly on the glass! #TaylorMadeHomestead

When the jar is empty, a soapy rag & a little elbow grease has it sparkling clean again in no time.  The permanent marker is tough enough to stay put while in the pantry yet easy enough to scrub off when the jar’s empty.  These jars will stand at the ready to do service again & again!

~TMH~

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30 thoughts on “Homestead Hack: Labeling Glass Jars

  1. Carol@blueskykitchen

    My extra pantry can get overrun with glass jars if I’m not careful. I especially love mason jars. I never thought of using a permanent market to label them. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Design.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I know what you mean Carol – my pantry can get lots of jars too. I hate to send ’em to the recycling bin. Every now & then I have to do a glass-jar sweep & keep a more reasonable amount. (but the numbers always build back up quickly. LOL) ~TMH~

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  2. Katy SkipTheBag

    I love writing on glass with permanent marker. If you ever find a stubborn spot a bit of rubbing alcohol will take it right off. Thanks for sharing on the #WasteLessWednesday Blog Hop!

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  3. Jean | DelightfulRepast.com

    Love this, Tammy! I’m always forgetting what’s in my jars in the freezer! I’m so excited about this because I’m strictly into glass storage and always thought that a marker would be permanent. I don’t know what it is about me and jars, but I can’t seem to ever bring myself to just toss one in the recycling bin!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Me too Jean. I have a stock of storage jars saved from a trip to the recycling bin and of course I use canning jars as well. Love them! ~TMH~

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  4. Jennifer Dunn

    That is such a great idea! I usually write on a canning jar lid, but then have to pull out items sometimes to see the lid. 🙂 This would be much better! Your apples look wonderful, and yes who wouldn’t want their husbands snacking on apples!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Me too Jennifer! Yesterday RancherMan was looking for a way to label contents in a glass jar and I said “Oh no, we don’t do it that way anymore. We write right on the glass!” So much simpler and so much easier to see. ~TMH~

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  5. Michelle

    I hopped on over to check out your tip. That’s pretty simple, alright. I like being able to wash it off when the jar is empty because I don’t like old writing on things. Sometimes I decorate with food by leaving it out on shelves in the dining area, so I want them to look nice.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Decorating with food is an awesome idea Michelle. Who doesn’t love the beauty of home-canned goodies out for all to see? ~TMH~

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  6. Nancy Wolff

    Don’t you just love that some solutions are the simplest! Thank you for sharing your post on Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop, as one of the co-hosts I will be featuring your post tomorrow! – Nancy ( Nancy On The Home Front )

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  7. Grandmas House DIY

    That is such a great idea! Thank you for sharing with us at the To Grandma’s house we go link party – hope to see you at the next one that starts tomorrow! Pinned!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Yes Margy. I can’t believe I haven’t been doing this all along. I’m especially thankful for this technique in the fridge when I’m able to label my homemade pickles as dill or sweet flavored. Fewer ‘open the jar & taste to determine flavor’ instances. LOL ~TMH~

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  8. Katy SkipTheBag

    Labeling it is really important! I usually can figure out dried food in the pantry, but I am awful about knowing what’s in the freezer. Good to know that you can just scrub off permanent marker. I’ve heard the tip about rubbing alcohol before too. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      The marker is very easy to scrub off using just a little soap & a scrubby, yet it holds well on the jars during storage. Perfect solution for me, Katy! ~TMH~

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  9. Janet Vinyard

    Interesting post! I use both printed labels as well as writing on the jar – just depends on how much time I have at the moment! Thanks for the information and inspiration! Blessings, Janet

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Writing on the jars has been extra helpful in the fridge when identifying the flavor of homemade refrigerator pickles the jar contains. ~TMH~

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  10. Tracy Lynn

    I just saw this on the Bog Hop and I love it! Sometimes simple is best, the easier it is the easier it is for me to do it! I just put all of our mixes in mason jars and was trying to come up with a good way to label them other than masking tape. Love this idea.

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  11. ColleenB.~Texas

    After hubby had put salt on his cereal in place of sugar he would ask after that, but now that Everything is labeled makes things much easier in the household. No more salty cereal here

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  12. Laurinda

    You can use less elbow grease if you put a little rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball or tissue, & rub the writing with it.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      That’s a good idea too Laurinda. It really doesn’t take much to remove the writing but it’s still sturdy enough to stay even with handling when the jars are in the fridge or pantry. ~TMH~

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  13. ColleenB.~Texas

    I also mark my jars on the front of my jars but I use my label maker. After I remodeled my pantry recently, I made sure that each and every container / jar was marked. No more hubby asking ; “what’s this?”

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      (snicker) RancherMan’s guilty of the “What’s This” disease as well Colleen. Is that a man thing?? LOL ~TMH~

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