Here’s a reader question from Brenda. She writes:
“I like using glass jars for pantry staples. What method do you use for cleaning and deodorizing the lids? I don’t really want my rolled oats tasting of dill pickles. Thanks for sharing all your ideas.”
First off, you’re welcome! I love sharing all of my ideas and thank you for reading.
My steps for cleaning and deodorizing are simple. First, I start by running the glass and lids through the dishwasher. (Make sure to remove the label, first.) Then, I do a smell test. With some relishes, curries and other spicy foods, the lids can be a real problem. The discoloration doesn’t bother me except if it’s rusty and then I don’t re-use it. Be sure and recycle if you can’t re-use your glass. I try to purchase our food items in glass only and not in plastic or cans.
Some labels are attached to the glass with so much glue, the glue will not go away. My method for removing most labels is to wet the jar, fill it with warm soapy water, and put the lid back on. Then, using a butter knife or glass scraper (pictured below), I scratch the label a little (to break the seal of the label) and put the entire glass jar into a soaking vessel. For me, that’s whatever bowl or pan is sitting in the sink. Add baking soda, vinegar, and warm soapy water to the soaking vessel.
Be very careful when using this glass scraper. I keep mine hidden in the kitchen because it’s excellent for getting the last bits of gluey-labels off glass jars.
For some reason, my husband and kids like to say, “Oh, this needs to soak” if they’re cleaning up the kitchen and there’s a big pot to tackle. This means I usually have something sitting in the sink which requires soaking so baking soda, vinegar, and warm soapy water seem to help whatever is still lurking in the pot and on the glass. I guess you could call that win-win.
I do purchase condiments and other jarred items with an end use in mind. I love Adams peanut butter because the mouths on their jars are really wide and are great to re-use. We also like the peanut butter, too. While wide mouth jars are the most desirable, I have found this handy plastic wide mouth funnel helps me almost daily.
Applesauce, pesto, and I used it today with the granola I made. I also keep small jars for spices and other uses. Using a label maker keeps my jars and containers looking like they match even though they don’t.
Presently, I have my eye on a very large pickle jar that’s glass and would make an excellent container for our oatmeal. The problem is there are too many pickles for our household to consume. My husband won’t commit to eating that many pickles prior to them going bad just so that I can have a pretty glass jar for my old-fashioned oats. I may have to plan a “Pickle Eating Party!”
Go Gingham related links:
National Match-Up Day is a new holiday I’m organizing – it’s when food storage containers drawers and cupboards get organized!
Grocery shopping from the bulk bins and food storage containers
Frugal grocery shopping – without coupons!
Fruit flies be gone – with lids from glass jars
Pantry basics for the home cook – what’s in my pantry
Refrigerator basics for the home cook – what’s in my refrigerator
New to cooking at home? Fear not!