“Your home is a living space, not a storage space.”

I recently read an article that advocated against plastic storage containers.  The article went on to suggest that all plastic storage container be tossed and replaced with canning/Mason jars.

What!  I so look forward to my monthly sorting of lids vs. bottoms!  Mason jars all have the same sized lids in my house.  I purchase the wide mouthed (in honor of a friend of mine) and use them for some food storage and for freezing soups.  I should use them exclusively?!

The more I thought about it the better it seemed.  I had to admit that sometimes residue from greasy food items was difficult to wash out of plastic containers.  I had to admit that the cupboard, where I stored my plastic containers, was dangerous to open without a hardhat.  I had to admit I was sold on the idea.  All of my plastic containers are now awaiting transport to the local thrift store.

“But Grandma Pat,” you whine inquire.  “How can I stuff leftover pizza into a jar?”

“Pyrex has these amazing baking dishes with snap on lids that will serve you well for food prep and storage of large amounts of food.”


“But,” you continue, in an annoying inquisitive tone.  “What about chunks of cheese and things like that?”

“That’s why God made ziplock bags, sweetie.  She’s amazing in the kitchen.  Almost miraculous!”

zip lock

Yes, I’m a convert.  I already freeze food in jars, remembering to first cool the food in the fridge and leave about an inch of space at the top to allow for expansion.


I can see clearly now!  I love using jars!

Loveya – The Grandma


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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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