Food Wise: Reusing Jars for Your Bulk Items

| 1/12/2009 2:42:05 PM

When I was younger and lived in Spain, I helped at my parents’ health food store almost every Saturday morning. In the beginning years of their business, dozens of people came into the store, with their own container in hand, to buy honey in bulk.

People brought plastic containers and glass jars of all sizes. We would fill and weigh them (and deduct the weight of the empty jars beforehand). This allowed us to sell the honey at a cheaper price, which our customers appreciated.

At that time my only thought was that some of these containers where very sticky and needed a good cleaning. But what I didn’t think of was that by reusing their jars, these people where being more respectful towards the environment and their budget.

I haven’t taken my own jars to the supermarket yet (just my shopping bags for now), but last month I decided I would store my bulk dry goods that usually sit in plastic or paper bags, in used clean glass jars.


Mason jars are beautiful, but you can reuse any glass jar to store your bulk items and keep your kitchen cabinets tidy.

The jars are from marinara sauce, salsa, and other used food items that I have saved, or forgotten to recycle, over the last couple of months. Some are nicer than others; for example, I have a Mason jar from salsa that looks great with lentils inside.