I am in new year cleaning and nesting mode lately. I love reorganizing and simplifying at the beginning of the new year. I have talked previously about the ease and safety of using glass canning jars for all your kitchen storage. They work great for all varieties of leftovers for the fridge, leftovers for the freezer, and for general food and grain storage. I absolutely love glass storage! Canning jars are very frugal to come by, and they are simple and elegant. You can find them in Pint, Quart, half gallon, and gallon sizes (Azure Standard also carries the gallon size). Craigslist, goodwill and garage sales are great places to find used jars for the best prices.
I like to save all glass jars from store-bought purchases so I have multiple sizes and shapes, but the standard wide mouth canning jar is best for ease of removing contents (avoid the narrow mouth jars if possible – just too difficult!). Wide mouth also gives the ability to stack them more easily in the refrigerator. Just this past week I stumbled upon the product I have been looking for awhile…plastic wide mouth jar lids! Yes, this is the solution to the natural rusting process that takes place with the standard metal canning lids and rings, and this simplifies it into one lid rather than two pieces. You should have seen my excitement!
Where to find? You can find these nifty plastic lids at Fred Meyers in the canning section along with all their other canning supplies. The cost? Just over $3 for a box of 8 lids. You can also find them online at Amazon:8 Pk Wide Mouth Plastic Caps. Note: these are not to be used for canning, but only for storage purposes. And don’t worry about the plastic – it’s a #5 plastic and does not come in contact with your food unless you fill your jars completely to the brim.
I highly recommend this product as a means of getting simplified and organized in your kitchen storage this year!