Using Canning Jars for Storage

Some time ago, I decided to get rid of all my plastic storage containers and buy glass.  That’s when I discovered how great Ball canning jars are for storing everything and they go in the dishwasher!

In the Kitchen – I use the glass jars for lots of things that I put in the refrigerator.  Since I only use nut flours, I keep them in jars in the fridge because the oils in them can turn rancid if left out on the counter.  Jars of nuts, salad dressings and fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice go into the fridge also.  Leftovers also go into the jars.  I have various sizes of jars from small to gigantic in my pantry and baking center. Jars hold spices, baking powder, baking soda, arrowroot and tapioca flours, and other baking supplies.

In the Bathroom – Pick a jar that will hold those items you like to keep on the counter.  Paint your  jars colors to match your bathroom decor and fill them with cotton balls, cotton swabs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, makeup brushes and a dozen other things you can’t keep organized.

In the Craft Room – Ball jars are fantastic for sorting and organizing all kinds of craft and sewing supplies.  I have some vintage buttons in one, ribbons in another.  Paint brushes, scrapbooking supplies, rubber stamps, pins and so much more work in jars, take up little room on a shelf, and are easy to find when you need them.

In the Garage – There are jars for every need in the garage.  There’s nothing worse than needing a nail or screw and having to hunt through a bunch of cans to find what you want.  Jar lids can be secured under a shelf. Fill the jar and one quick twist and your items are easily available when you need them.  What you are looking for is clearly visible under the shelf.

Decorating – Jars can be filled with candles, hung up to display flowers, filled with colorful glass or marbles, made into a lamp, used to hold gifts, and a hundred other things.

Try it.  You’ll be amazed.