How often do you have guests over and worry that you don't have enough drinking glasses? How often do you run out of plastic bags to store your leftovers in? How often are you searching for the perfect vase for your desk?
If you're anything like me -- it's often.
Alas...I have your solution. And chances are, you already have the solution at the tip of your fingers. All you have to do is check your cabinet.
When was the last time you drank a cold glass of water with fresh squeezed lemon juice out of a tall, skinny pasta jar? If you can't remember when, it's time to do it now.
I wouldn't have ever known how much I loved drinking out of glass jars if I hadn't gotten lazy with my dishwashing and only had a pasta sauce jar at my finger tips. And let me tell you, it is a GAME. CHANGER.
It doesn't end there!
I use my jam jars to store homemade granola. I use mason jars as vases. They can be used to store pens and pencils, to properly store your bulk groceries, they can even be used in making a delicious Hibiscus iced tea.
You'll be surprised at just how often you reach for your old jars once you start looking at them in a new light. You may even save a few dollars on dishware by using your jars as new glasses.
What do you use YOUR jars for? I'd love to hear in the comments below!
TIP: To get the sticky label off, peel when dry. Rub a few drops of a citrus essential oil on any leftover residue and use a wash cloth to scrub clean. Be careful -- it can be a bit slippery.
What do they mean to you?
Are you the person who always lets the leftovers go bad before eating them or the person who looks at leftovers like meal prep, fuel for the week?
Whatever your stance, I’m here to let you in on a little secret to ensure that your leftovers don't stay hidden in your fridge, going bad before you remember they're there.
Are you ready? The secret is: CLEAR. STORAGE.
I know this may seem like a no brainer to some of you and to that I will say I wish you shared the secret with me a long time ago because this has taken me a long time to learn...and I mean a LONG time to learn.
I live with one of my sisters in Philadelphia and the two of us have very different schedules so a lot of our texts look something like this:
And just like that, the leftover beans went bad before they were eaten.
Why were there two bean containers in question? Because one of us didn't realize the other had already opened one since our storage containers aren't see through.
And then one marvelous day my sister asked, "What are your thoughts on clear storage?" and the game had changed for good.
As someone who strives to use what I have before buying new, I've collected a random assortment of containers over the years that I use for food storage. This allowed me to save on spending and avoid adding to landfill. But what this hadn't done was reduced my food waste, a lot of which came down to not knowing exactly what was in my fridge, freezer, and cabinets.
I’m not suggesting you throw away anything and everything you currently have that isn't clear. What I do suggest is when you’re in a position to invest in your kitchen, opting for clear storage is a sure way to know exactly what is in your fridge and waste less food.
In today’s world, it’s common to forget what you ate for dinner last night so putting leftovers in clear storage is an easy, quick visual reminder.
How do you ensure you don’t waste food? I’d love to know! Leave me a comment or tag me on Instagram @jamiegallagher4! I look forward to incorporating your ideas into my every day routine.