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Mama Life Hacks {#15}: Reusing Baby Food Jars

Okay, I feel a little sheepish about this post because I feel like, after reading the title of it, you’re probably expecting a litany of clever ways to repurpose glass baby food jars.

Like for craft supplies or planters or organizational doo-dads.

And yes, all of those would be fabulous ways to stretch your baby jar use from one to many.

But the #mamalifehacks tip that I have for you is soooooooo much simpler–so much more DUH!–than that.

Here’s the thing: I like to make my own baby food as much as possible. It’s healthier. It’s cheaper. It’s convenient, since if I run out, I don’t have to hightail it to the store for more (assuming that I have the makings of baby food on hand).

It’s just so stinking easy to throw some sweet potatoes in the oven, then whip them with a bit of water in my Ninja into yumminess for Theo.

Still, I keep a small supply of store-bought baby food in the pantry for when we’re out and about or when I’m making dinner and need the boys to feed him without the hassle of retrieving, portioning out, and heating up homemade food from the fridge.

Because the only thing I don’t love about the homemade baby food is the mess and then the storage. When I make it in my Ninja, I typically either a) pull out the blades and then shove the whole container in the fridge, pulling it out and glopping some in a bowl as needed or b) scrape it out of the Ninja into a Tupperware container and then store that in the fridge.

Either works, but it’s not my favorite thing to locate a bowl and then fill it with food. Not saying it’s a big deal. Because it’s not. In fact, on the hardship scale–with 1 being: I stubbed my toe and 10 being: I live in a 3rd World country and don’t know where my next meal is coming from–it doesn’t even register.

And yet.

If I can find a way around it, I will.

Now, I know there are fancy blender attachments and Baby Bullets and whatnot, which allow you to store the food in small quantities, individually, but I don’t have any of those. And neither do I have any desire to buy one.

So, the other day, when the boys (aka: little hoarders) asked me if they could spirit two used baby food jars away for “projects” (I think we all know this is code for: something else to grow mold on), I happened to be standing in front of a freshly mixed batch of homemade baby food.

And as I held up the used (but washed) baby food jar, trying to think of an excuse for why Simon couldn’t take it to his room and then lose it under his bed for all eternity, it’s like Theo’s sweet potatoes spoke to me, and said: “NO! Take me instead!” #namethatmovie (this one’s harder than the Princess Bride reference from last week).

And so, the idea of reusing baby food bottles for the purpose of–hold on tight now–storing baby food was born.

I know, right? So brilliantly simple and obvious that I’m sure EVERYONE in the entire world has thought of this besides me.

Which means that I’m typing to myself.

Which is kind of a waste of time, since I was there when I had the original (tiny) epiphany and all.

But still.

As DUH (see? I told you) as it may seem, I am loving having tidy little bottles of pre-portioned homemade baby food in my fridge. No more Tupperware. No more big Ninja karafes taking up space. And NO MORE fishing food out of one container to transfer it to another container every time I need to feed Theo.

Oh! And I can now easily take homemade food with me (as long as it’s not going to sit in my bag for any significant period of time, of course). And then? I can toss the container! (Because who wants to accidentally forget about a baby food Tupperware container in your purse only to find a lovely fuzz colony in there a week later?)

I won’t blame you if you think I’m slow for only now figuring this out.

But I also won’t mock you if the light of revelation is just now dawning in your eyes as well.

Theo’s clearly a fan of my newest duh moment. Now, if only somebody would invent something to put around his neck to keep food from getting all over his clothes.

Joke, people! I know napkins already exist. 😉

Are you guys homemade baby food makers too? What do you store yours in? Maybe I’ve been missing out on something (else) obvious and simple all these years?

Don’t forget to share your #mamalifehacks so I can feature you!

How to use empty baby food jars?

Are you a new mother? Then, probably, glass baby food jars appeared in your life, which the hand does not raise to throw away. There are already a lot of them in my house, so I propose to discuss how they can be useful to us.

I conducted a small survey of colleagues and friends on this topic. The results are as follows:

Lena keeps her branded adjika in jars - it is convenient to take it in such a container for a picnic, for example. nine0003

Stores dried berries for tea.

He also arranges small tasty gifts for his friends - homemade jam. Arranges in jars, decorates them and gives them.

The last idea caught my attention - I like to make homemade jam. I took note of such a sincere gift option.

Zhenya keeps medicinal ointments in jars. Also a great option, given the odor of such drugs, as well as their small volumes. nine0003

Anya uses the jars as a sugar bowl and salt shaker on long journeys. Or for a picnic. She also keeps beads for needlework in them.

I tried to use jars for leftover canned cod liver. And this, I tell you, is extremely convenient. Open canned food should not be stored for longer than a day, and it is imperative to transfer food to a container, preferably glass. And the baby food jars are perfect! Small, hermetically sealed (which is especially important in the case of products with the smell of fish), and then it is not a pity to throw them away. nine0003

I also put paper clips in one jar. There was an open package at home, now the paper clips are neatly stored in a jar.

Inspired by the opening horizons for the second life of jars, I began to look for other ways to use them. I searched websites and social networks. I confess, I am delighted with the fantasy of young mothers, and dads too!

How to use baby food jars

Use jar lids in children's educational games:

- stick pieces of colored paper on them and arrange them in containers by color,

- stick drawings with letters on them and add syllables and words,

- make a slot in the lid of the milk formula jar (or in a box of chips, for example) and put the lids into it, like in a piggy bank,

- make a fishing rod out of a pencil, string and magnet and arrange "fishing", collecting caps.

Use cans:

- for dipping the brush while painting with watercolors,

- for seedlings of flowers or greenery,

- as small vases for small wildflowers,

- for storing spices,

- as a home air fragrance: put a piece of cotton wool into a jar and moisten the cotton wool with a drop of perfume or essential oil. If you decorate a jar - it’s not a shame to replace the sachet and put it in a prominent place in the house,

- for needlewomen - to store small items such as buttons, beads, etc. in jars,

- use as a portion dish in candy bars that are so popular now at children's parties,

- colorize and turn the jar into a candlestick by putting a pill candle into it,

I found candle-tablets. It's a sin not to try, I decided. I’m not friends with paints yet, I found a satin ribbon. Half a minute to tie it, and voila! Modest, but also an option. nine0003

But finally I was subdued by such decor of the can.

Using a jar as a photo frame is original, isn't it?

And also, I think, it may not even be interesting to search for the use of jars or lids, but the process of decorating itself. Space for imagination, yours and your child!

How to decorate jars

• Spray paint or decorate with acrylic or stained glass paint,

• Paste over the jar with double-sided tape and roll in sequins or beads,

• Use the decoupage technique (stick a beautiful napkin with a pattern on the jar), since there is an abundance of materials for needlework on sale now,

• Stick lace, ribbons, fabric on the jar,

• Paste clippings from magazines or newspapers - looks very interesting.

nine0002 • Wrap the jar with threads or decorative straws.

And then, together with the child, figure out what to put in a beautiful jar.

There is only one “but” in the active use of cans for various needs. Given the presence of a baby in the house, do not forget to check their inaccessibility for his ubiquitous little hands. Glass is beautiful, reliable and environmentally friendly, but dangerous. So, subject to safety conditions, cheers for jars!

Can you share how you use baby food jars? Do you leave or throw away? Decorate or use as is? Join the discussion in our groups VKontakte , Facebook and Instagram!

Mistakes with jars and vegetables. How we spoil winter preparations ourselves | Master classes | Kitchen

The beginning of autumn is a hot time for housewives, when you can buy cheap vegetables and fruits in the markets, make jam or make marinade, and in the dachas of their happy owners, apples and zucchini have ripened, which urgently need to be saved and preserved. Therefore, we arm ourselves with jars, seamers and buy the right salt in the store to roll up as many eggplant caviar or pickles as possible. nine0003

But it is important not to be careless in canning, otherwise the contents of the jars may turn out to be tasteless, cucumbers - soft, marinade - cloudy, jam - fermented, and compote - sour. In order for all canned food to be of high quality, the jars do not explode, and the lids do not swell, it is important not to make mistakes when canning.

We tell you what mistakes are the most frequent.

Error No. 1. Poor choice of vegetables

Canning raw materials are very important. Crushed apples, rotten plums and berries that have begun to mold should not get into the jam. In caviar and lecho - spoiled vegetables from the "cooking" box, in which sellers specially put everything crumpled. When canning cucumbers or tomatoes, you need to carefully examine each one, do not take those whose skin is damaged: such tomatoes will fall apart in pickling, and the cucumbers will not be crispy and tasty. nine0003

Error No. 2. Fine salt

Coarse salt is usually used for preparations, the one where it is written on the packs: “Grinding No. 1”. All recipes are usually calculated for this salt, unless otherwise indicated. Fine extra salt is better not to take. If you pickle cucumbers with it, they can become soft. Iodized salt is also not suitable for preparations, it changes the taste of the product, and can also cause some vegetables to turn brown.

Error No. 3. Bad water

Water is one of the main components of homemade preparations. And it can ruin the taste. It is important that good filtered water is used for pickling and soaking vegetables (if necessary). You can take bottled, one that you like the taste of, you can use a good filter to trap chlorine and impurities. It is often recommended to use spring or well water; for safety reasons, we would also recommend filtering and boiling it. nine0003

Error No. 4. Do it by eye

For long-term storage of preservation, it is very important that the jar contains a sufficient amount of preservatives (salt, sugar or vinegar). They can be present separately, or they can work together. In order to have enough preservatives, it is important to follow the recipe, especially if you are not very experienced in canning. That is why the recipes of grandmothers and girlfriends are reliable, they are time-tested.

Error No. 5. Vegetables not salted

If you roll large vegetables with skin on, they may find it difficult to salt. As a result, the brine in the jar may become cloudy. This is ugly and raises doubts about the security of the content. Therefore, on large cucumbers or zucchini, you need to make several punctures with a toothpick to make it easier for the brine to penetrate inside.

The same applies to whole apples, pears and other fruits that we put in compotes. They also need punctures in the skin to preserve them well. nine0003

Mistake #6: Forget about hygiene

Canned fruits and vegetables need to be stored for a long time, and the longer they are stored, the more likely bacteria will grow in the jar over time. If you didn’t wash the canned food well, sterilized the jar badly (or neglected this operation at all), then the canned food can spoil very quickly, bacteria will get into them, which will multiply in brine or in sweet syrup.

Therefore, wash all vegetables and fruits thoroughly, remove all the earth, cut off the legs from mushrooms if they are soiled in the ground. nine0003

We carefully sterilize all jars in boiling water, steam, in the oven, after washing very well with soap or soda, of course.

And you need to wash your hands well before canning, and you can also put on disposable gloves when you put vegetables in a jar.

Error No. 7. Wet jar

You sterilized the jar thoroughly, then put jam in it and closed it. There is a high probability that this jam will not be able to stand in the closet with blanks for a long time: it will start to mold. Before laying canned food, any jar must not only be sterilized, but also dried. nine0003

Error No. 8. Choice of containers

It often happens that in winter you open a jar of jam or compote, but you cannot eat or drink it right away, because the jar is too big. And as a result, all your summer work has to be thrown away, because the contents of the jar have fermented or turned sour. To prevent this from happening, try to think over what size jars you will need at the canning planning stage. It is convenient to close the mushrooms in small jars, half a liter, for example. Then you immediately put the contents of the jar in a salad bowl, and the guests will eat it - and there will be nothing left. It is also better to do with jam, especially if it contains little or no sugar. It is convenient to preserve homemade adjika, tomatoes, tomato paste in baby food jars to open and use immediately. nine0003

Error No. 9. Do not turn over the jar

After the jar is closed and rolled up with its sterilized lid, the jar is most often turned over and allowed to stand in this form. This is done so that the silicone ring along the edge of the lid softens and the lid fits better to the neck of the jar. Then the sealing will be complete and the canned food will be well preserved. It is better not to neglect this stage, but to let the jars stand upside down for at least 1-2 hours.

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