When it comes to preserving your homemade foods so that they don’t go bad overnight, having your own storage is key. Using jars and bottles for food storage isn’t just a way to help keep your pickles or jams fresh; it’s also a great DIY project that not only helps you save money but also have the ability to control what goes into the packaging of your homemade goods. Whether you need some DIY ideas for making your own jars and bottles or are simply looking to expand on your existing canister collection, here are nine practical ways that you can make use of the empty containers in your home.
Make Your Own Jar Lids
If you’re looking to upgrade your jar lids or if you’re simply looking to save some money on purchasing lids, it’s easy to make your own. To do this, all that you’ll need to do is purchase a specially designed lid with a lip (a lip on the bottle lid allows it to fit securely over the bottle neck). Next, you’ll want to boil a pot of water with some vinegar in the water. Once this is done, you’ll want to remove the pot from the stove and let the water cool for about 5 minutes. After cooling, you’ll want to place the lid over the pot and submerge the lid in the water for about 1 minute. After doing this, you’ll want to remove the lid and let it cool. Once the lid is cool to the touch, you can place it on top of your jar and repeat this process with the rest of your lids.
Make Your Own Storage Bags
If you’re looking to make your own storage bags, this is a great way to do it. The good thing about using your own bags is that you can avoid using plastic bags altogether—as well as increase your level of food safety with this practice. To do this, you’ll want to purchase some heavy-duty plastic bags and a large needle to create the holes. With your bags ready, you’ll want to place them on top of a cutting board with the opening of the bag facing up. Next, you’ll want to carefully run the needle through the bottom, middle of the bag.
Store Dairy in Glass Jars
If you’re looking to store dairy products in glass jars, this is a great way to do it. This is especially helpful if you’re looking to store dairy products that will be consumed within a short period of time (for example, if you’re looking to store dairy products for a camping trip, this is the best way to go). To do this, you’ll first want to wash your dairy products thoroughly. After doing this, you’ll want to remove the lid from the dairy product that you’d like to store in a jar (for example, milk, yogurt, or butter). Next, you’ll want to place the lid inside the jar so that it covers the opening of the jar.
Make Mason Jar Ice Cubes
If you’re looking to make mason jar ice cubes, this is a great DIY project to tackle. With these ice cubes, you’ll be able to maximize your storage space while also enjoying delicious ice cubes that are free of any artificial preservatives. To make the mason jar ice cubes, all that you’ll need is a mason jar, a funnel, a funnel seal, and freezer paper. With your mason jar ready, you’ll want to place the funnel inside the jar and then place the funnel seal over the opening of the jar. Next, you’ll want to place the freezer paper over the funnel. With the funnel in place and the freezer paper in place, you can now freeze the contents of your jar.
Make Air Tight Food Storage Containers
When it comes to making air tight food containers, this is a great DIY project. With these containers, you’ll be able to keep your food safe from bacteria and other contaminants without the use of harmful plastic, metal, or other materials. To make air tight containers, all that you’ll need is some tin cans and duct tape. With your cans ready, you’ll want to place the duct tape around the rim of the can. Next, you’ll want to place the can inside a freezer and then place the lid on top of the can. With the can frozen, you can now remove it from the freezer and break off the tape. With the can now free of tape, you can now wash it and use it as desired.
Use Disposable Plastic Containers
If you’re looking to use plastic containers as a way to store homemade goods, this is a great way to do it. With these containers, you’ll be able to keep your homemade goods safe from harmful bacteria while also saving money by not needing to purchase new containers. To make use of these containers, all that you’ll need is some freezer paper, plastic containers, and a can opener. With your containers ready, you’ll want to place the freezer paper over the opening of the container and then place the container inside the freezer. Next, you’ll want to use the can opener to cut out the paper from around the opening of the container. With the container now clear of freezer paper, you can now wash the container and use it as desired.
Add a Scented Candle to Your Storage
If you’re looking to add a scented candle to your storage methods, this is a great way to do it. With these scented candles, you’ll be able to help mask the scent of your food while also adding an element of security to your storage. To make use of these scented candles, all that you’ll need is some scented candles and a jar. With your candles ready, you’ll want to place them inside the jar so that they’re covered by the jar’s opening. With your jar ready, you can now place it inside your storage methods.
Having your own storage is important. When you have a well-organized system, you’ll be able to save time and money. In addition to this, you’ll also be able to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your food is safe. In no time, you’ll have some great DIY jars and bottles for storing your homemade goods.