Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Glass Jars and Dried Goods


I love my shelves of dried goods, the contents vary from time to time but I usually have enough food up there to keep us fed with only a bit of help from fresh vegetables and a few cans if push came to shove.

The rice, pasta and oats in the three matching jars on the top shelf are a pretty constant, the pasta shape changes and sometimes the rice is white and sometimes brown and the oats can be any value bag or chunky version that I buy.  The main thing is ... I can just about reach to lift them safely down.


The jar at the end is the one that varies from month to month as this is where I keep the current breakfast cereal in use.  We have just finished the granola that was in there so I re-filled it with the Weetabix type biscuits that were in an opened box in the cupboard.  We never buy 'proper' Weetabix as we both prefer the supermarkets own versions and of course they are much cheaper unless you spy a really good offer.

My other jars contain a real assortment of things ... pulses, pastas, nuts, macaroni, some pre-mixed soup mix and there's one with a 3 bean salad mix that I bought in a fit of healthy eating shopping a long while ago.


My glass jars have all been acquired over time and have gradually merged into a pretty good almost matching set.  I had two of the sort the wheat biscuits are in but one of them was the only thing that got broken in the move to this house, not bad really just one casualty in a move that went on for many weeks and was all a DIY job.

I do find if you have food on shelves in glass jars it inspires you to use it more regularly .... although the 3 bean salad mix is letting me down a bit on that one  ;-)

Sue xx

18 comments:

  1. I got a warm fuzzy feeling looking at your jars, could have been my jars in my kitchen, has taken a while to gather them mostly from op shops.
    Sue in Australia

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  2. I could happily avoid eating the 3 bean salad mix for many years!

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  3. Love kilner jars. The have a timeless quality and take me right back to childhood.
    J x

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  4. I've got lots of Kilner-type jars too...well, some are cheaper ikea versions. I consider myself fairly organised Sue, but you make me seem positively haphazard! However, seeing your dried pulses has prompted me to do something with mine, as some of them have been in the cupboard for ages. Think I'll have a mammoth cooking and freezing session, so at least I'll have ready cooked beans to make a quick meal with.

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    1. Having them ready and in the freezer makes all the difference, I have found. I open freeze mine so they are 'free flow' in a poly bag.
      J x

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  5. What a picture, jars on display like that gives me a warm, comforting feeling!Have you seen the" chalkboard " labels you can buy, they would look good on your jars and you just wipe them off and write your new contents, Chrissie.

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  6. Yes I love jars as well, I pick up the kilner ones at the car boot.

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  7. Love your jars open on display. Mine are in my larder, perhaps I need to nag hubby to put a shelf up.

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    1. I do have lots more smaller ones in the cupboards, but it's nice to have some out isn't it.

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  8. I've collected glass jars for a number of years--all from charity shops. Sometimes I get lucky and find a matched set in graduated sizes. Here in south-central Kentucky covered glass jars are the only way to keep dry foods weevil free.

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  9. can you make the 3 bean mix into chilli?

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  10. Love all your jar, I have some really old ones (some are pale blue glass) that have the glass lid and old wire bails. I have eaten weetabix 6 days a week for breakfast since I was a child. There are no other 'generic' brands available over here. Strangely enough I can get a box of 12 biscuits at the $ store or drugstore for the equivalent of 57 British pence but if I go to the big supermarkets they only have the box of 24 and they are the equivalent of 2pounds 58pence, Hmm, guess where I get my weetabix!!!

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  11. I have had a problem with my jars recently the wire holders at the top have become detached from the jars , Some of them i have had for years some in the last coupe of years , I am looking for alternatives that don't cost a lot , I have always had the staples in jars right from the seventies they form the base of our meals but its so frustrating with the jar meal bits unfolding xxx

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  12. I have just started using glass jars and pick them up whenever I can find a good sale. I really like how they look on a shelf.

    God bless.

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  13. Would the three bean salad mix go in one of your soups? (or perhaps it has spices included so that may not work)

    I love the look of jars on a shelf! We have all enclosed shelves so it won't happen here, but I can admire yours :)

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  14. I have a similar collection! I have my collection of beans, lentils, different sorts of rice, and different pastas all on a 3 tier wired cart on wheels. My cereals, oats, tea bags, sugars, salts & pepper, along with mugs and tea pots are all on my IKEA Raskog cart, and my flours, extra sugars, dried fruit & all other baking misc. are in the cupboard above my main counter space. And yes, seeing them there each day does encourage me to use them much more often than I have in the past - or at the very least it keeps me from buying duplicate items.

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