When I recycle empty glass jars....I do the following:
As I collect them, I sort them into boxes of 'labels on' and 'labels off'.....
When I have a good supply or need to clean them for a day of preserving......I do the following......
The jars with labels need to be soaked to remove the labels, some will slide off easily....and I use the back of a knife to scrape the glue residue away from the jars.....occasionally I will get a jar that will leave the glue sticky and I will need something petroleum based to remove the sticky glue...I get about 3 or 4 a year like this.
|Soaking recycled jars to remove the labels.|
|Ready to go, in the dishwasher.|
All lids are stored separately.
|Large Fowlers Vacola Jars..this box is to be sealed on all sides and edges with tape.|
|A lovely gentleman at the local club gathers glass coke bottles for me when I ask him to.|
I use these for my Plum, Tomato and BBQ sauces.
|Un-sterilised but sanitised.|
It is very handy to have this shelving close to the kitchen....I use clean glass jars for all sorts of things including storing foods just opened. Some are ideal sizes for canisters. Some are used to store my own dehydrated spices. The list is endless........
|Now that I have all the lids gathered in one place, |
I will boil them briefly, drain and dry them,
then store in a sealed container.
Doing this is far cheaper than buying jars for your preserves....You just need to inspect the lids, and if any are scratched, dented or damaged; discard them and replace with new ones from the internet.