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Is it okay to reuse baby food jars?

I have the original glass jars with metal tops. Is it okay to wash them and make/ store cereal and baby food in them?

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Asked by amber710 at 12:46 PM on Jan. 13, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • Sure!

    Answer by Wimsey at 12:48 PM on Jan. 13, 2009

  • I did. I boiled them first. You cant store food long term because the suction to keep them fresh is gone. But if you make your own baby food you can store it for a couple days.

    Answer by gemgem at 12:48 PM on Jan. 13, 2009

  • Wonderful use of the jars. You are recycling too so it is great for the environment. Baby food jars have a nice rubber seal in the lid so they are also great for storing mixed paint. I have kept touch up paint in them - for art projects and for touching up walls. This eliminates the need to save the can - which will rust and also allow the paint to go bad. Paint keeps for years in these jars and uses much less space (plus you can see the color through the glass). For storing large amounts of paint, use a plastic milk jug with a screw on lid or mason jars. Baby food jars are also great for storing beads, buttons, spices, nuts and bolts...

    Answer by FlyMom07 at 12:58 PM on Jan. 13, 2009

  • Yes, it's fine. Run them through your dishwasher first, and make sure the dry cycle is on (some machines allow you to turn that feature off). You can keep food in them for a few days at a time, refrigerated. They will not be shelf-stable, because you're not processing them, but they will be fine in the fridge or freezer.

    If you're looking for longer term storage, you can get a case of Ball 1/2 pint or 1/2 cup canning jars at Wal-mart for just a few dollars.

    Answer by jespeach at 1:00 PM on Jan. 13, 2009

  • For a great organizer, nail the lids to an overhanging board, fill with whatever you wish to organize and screw the jar up on to the lid for storage - and off for use. I've seen these mostly in garages - people store assorted nuts and bolts, nails etc. so that they can be easily sorted and you can see what is in each jar. You can also use other food jars too- in case you want to store larger items. If you install several successive boards (like a bookshelf) you can make a very nice storage space that takes up very little room and is easier to use than drawers. In a garage you can put the shelves between studs and it doesn't use up any garage space (floor space) at all.

    Answer by FlyMom07 at 1:09 PM on Jan. 13, 2009

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