We enjoy peanut butter in our house, and as a result, we end up with a lot of empty peanut butter jars. There was a time when I would have thrown an empty peanut butter jar in the garbage, but now rather than throw them away and have them end up in a landfill, I save them and reuse them whenever I can. Since todays peanut butter jars are made of plastic they are lightweight and easy to use. Make sure that you wash them thoroughly and then you can use them for many things not only in your kitchen, but in other areas of the house as well.
Here are some ideas:
Popcorn bought in a plastic bottle at the grocery store is generally more expensive than popcorn bought in a plastic bag like the one you see here. Instead of paying for the convenience of the plastic bottle you can store your popcorn in a recycled peanut butter jar. I keep my popcorn kernels in the freezer because they stay fresher longer that way and I don’t know about you, but I’ve had more than one bag of popcorn develop a hole in it somewhere and spill out wherever it was stored. The recycled peanut butter jar solves that problem! They also fit much better on the freezer door than the bags do too.
Peanut butter jars are great for leftover storage not only because they are clear, so you can see what's inside the jar, but also because you are using something that you basically obtained for free making them economical as well.
My friend Barbara, over at Fun and Frugal living, uses recycled peanut butter jars to store cooked bacon in her freezer.
I love, love, love this idea from Nike at Choose to Thrive: Fill an empty jar with an inch or two of peanut butter and then fill with celery sticks. What a great idea for a summer road trip.
I always thought homemade granola would make a nice gift for someone. Anna over at Cookie Madness has the same idea here. A peanut butter jar would be the perfect container to use in this case. This is her granola in the photo, by the way.
No one should pour grease from draining meat down the sink drain because it will solidify and could end up as a costly repair job. One way I get rid of cooking grease is to put it in a jar for disposal in the garbage can. When I make tacos, I put the meat in my strainer, which has been set over my large glass handled measuring cup. I let the grease cool a little bit first, and then it pours very easily into one of these jars, which I can then dispose of easily.
These are some basic ideas for what you can do in the kitchen with peanut butter jars. There are many more ways to reuse these jars. You can Google "reuse peanut butter jars" and get some good ideas. I saw a really cute idea where someone drilled holes in the lid and put string through it to make it look like a button and then stored buttons in the jar. Whatever you decide to do with your jars, remember to "use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without".
© Belinda Richardson and Frugal Workshop, 2012.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without”