Are you tired of collecting empty glass jars because “they will be useful somewhere” but in the end they are not used anywhere and they end up just taking up all your free space?
In most kitchens, there are entire cupboards full of empty jars waiting to be used but they never are!
So the question remains: how can we use the glass jars we have collected or better yet, how can we use the glass jars to create presentations that stand out.
Without any doubt, it is really great to collect the empty glass jars with the intention of reusing them. On the one hand, we strengthen our green initiative and limit our carbon footprint, on the other hand they come with significant advantages:
- They are non-porous, so they do not carry food odors
- They keep their content safe, without the use of any dangerous substance
- They are easy to clean
- It is an ecological choice
Why don’t we just go ahead and see 12 creative and clever ways we can use glass jars of all sizes to save space and money!
Glass jars for food storage and meal prep
Glass is a natural, eco-friendly option to store food, whether it’s solid or liquid. When you want to portion your food but don’t want to use a tupperware, glass jars are the go to alternative.
Bonus tip: If your office has a microwave oven, you can put it right, provided that the glass is microwave resistant. Look for the label that confirms that your jar is microwave oven safe!
Glass jars for foods that have undergone or require some form of fermentation (fermented)
Glass jars are ideal for creating delicious kefir, plant-based milk or fresh cheese from the comfort of your own kitchen. Ideal for this use are large oval shaped glass jars.
Glass jars for storing any type of pre-fermented dough
A traditional sourdough can be created in a ceramic bowl but can just as easily be stored in a large jar.
Plus, its so cool to look directly at the air pockets of all pre-ferments!
Glass jars for spices
You’ve probably seen how much cheaper spices are when sold in bags rather than plastic containers. Save space and money by using small jars for all kinds of spices and organize your kitchen.
Glass jars for dried herbs
To maintain the quality of your dried herbs, you should store them in glass jars that seal securely. Don’t forget to use labels.
This way, you will not only prevent moisture from entering the jars and ruining the herbs, but you will also have an aesthetically pleasing appearance when placed on open shelves. A full shelf of herb jars separates the pros from the newbies!
Glass jars for storing goods in bulk
Storing your bulk produce in glass jars is a great way to help the environment and reduce your plastic waste. Jars can be used to store legumes, honey, coconut flour, nuts – anything!
Glass jars used as salad dressing shakers
Forget whisking! Simply add all of your homemade vinaigrette ingredients to a jar and shake. Your favorite dressing, directly in its storage container, well mixed and ready to go.
Glass jar presentations with cookies / cakes / sweets
A fantastic way to use glass jars is to create unique dessert presentations. If you want to package sweets with a more homemade aesthetic, then glass jars are a great fit!
Unique, luminous glass jars
Creating a lamp from a glass jar is a super easy and efficient way to light up your night. With so many different options and ideas out there, you’re sure to find the perfect combination and create the ideal atmosphere in your home. Whether you want something rustic or modern, classic or quirky, warm and welcoming or soft and subtle – the possibilities are endless!
Glass jars for candles
Practical and fashionable jars can be used to create your own candle holders. Make sure the glass is somewhat tempered and it won’t come in direct contact with the flame though.
A small garden in your glass jar
How do terrariums work? They are indoor gardens in a sealed container. The plants and soil in the terrarium release water vapor – essentially recycling the water. The water vapor then gets concentrated on the walls of the container and drips to the ground. It’s a perfectly balanced small ecosystem, right at your fingertips.
And the best thing to consider… You can make them in any size or shape of jar (even a fishbowl!), so if you have a jar that doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest, start a little garden in it!
Glass jars for DIY Cosmetics
Looking for a sustainable way to create cosmetics using natural ingredients? Glass jars provide a great, budget friendly solution when storing your homemade beauty products.
With your favorite essential oils and natural ingredients, you can easily make something that suits your skin type!