Thursday, October 18, 2007

jars & jug

I am a sucker for glass containers. A couple of years ago, my aunt gave me two of those old hinge-top mason jars, and I've been on the lookout for more of them ever since. This week I got lucky - someone nearby found a whole box in her basement, and was giving them away on our local FreeCycle list! Thanks to the sharp eyes of a friend, who was watching the list and thought of me when she saw that post, I am now the proud owner of a dozen of these jars, as well as three more of the old zinc screw-top variety. Some of the glass is bubbly, and some of them have a few nicks at the top so I am hesitant to use any of them for actual canning, but I just love the way the dried beans and grains look in them, and they're more convenient for storage than plastic bags or containers. I wish I had more shelving in my kitchen so I didn't have to put some away in a cupboard out of sight.

red lentils, black beans, multi-color popcorn; split peas, long grain rice, wild rice


A second frugal happy find this week was a glass gallon jug, set out at the curb a few doors down for trash pickup one night. (Not even in the recycling bin - horrific!) I've been pining after one of these for a long time; back in college some friends and I had regular card-playing nights, and one guy always had one of these jugs full of sweet black iced tea. So now I have a jug of my own, for free, and saved from the landfill as well.

5 comments:

Andy said...

One guy? It was a collaborative effort, tyvm!

:-D

elia said...

yes, well. rhetorical simplification, if you will. but I accept the correction. I miss then!

Anonymous said...

Hey Elia! Just wanted to let you know that I have been reading your blog; and find that we are on a similar course in life right now. Both homesteaders at heart somewhat constrained by being in grad school! Hope everything is going well.
Your cousin...
Carrie

Michael said...

If you haven't been doing so already, be sure to check out your local craig's list "free" page for good recyclebles as well.

Rhonda Jean said...

hello elia, I just stopped my to see how your mapping exercise is going. I love the jars and your gallon bottle. We call them flagons here and I have a few I've collected from my son, a chef.