Sunday, October 9, 2011

Reusing Containers[Vegan Mofo]

Reusing is the second component of the Three R's of Recycling [reduce, reuse, recycle]. I love to reuse or re-purpose containers (or anything, really) and make them useful beyond their regularly expected lifespan.

I recently began reusing glass soy sauce bottles for canola and olive oil as well as for balsamic vinegar. Once I finish a bottle of soy sauce, I run it through the dishwasher to clean it out thoroughly and fill it with various liquids.

The top picture shows the bottle with canola oil. It's handy because the spout/pour top looks like this:

That top allows me to pour oil in a controlled way for cooking or oiling pans. I use the same bottle for balsamic vinegar:

And I used a glass Crystal Louisiana Hot Sauce bottle for olive oil.

I am rather obsessed with reusing any and all glass containers: pickle jars, salsa jars, any condiment jar. They are great for storing soups, dry beans, flour, sugar, leftovers. Plus, if I get sick of them, they can still be recycled.


laceylovesfood said...

If something comes in glass, I always keep the container to reuse it. I have so many empty glass salsa jars, brown rice syrup jars, and almond butter jars. They are a great vehicle for food storage in a container that is made of materials that don't absorb the smell of foods. I also reuse the 16oz+ jars to take smoothies to work in the morning. I'm glad I'm not the only one who does this. My husband makes fun of me, but even he admits that the glass jars last longer than plastic tupperware!

The Saucy Coconut said...

I am obsessed with reusing glass jars, and my husband makes fun of me, too! It's so darn useful, though!