~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.
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 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?? 🙂
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.
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!
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