Last night, I gave a zero waste workshop near Madison, Wisconsin. One thing we talked about? Fancy glass jars. Fancy jars - like Le Parfait, Weck, and mason jars - are excellent for making your pantry look gorgeous and for fitting nicely together on shelves and for uniformity's sake. But the reality is: any jar will do.
If you use glass jars for pantry storage or for shopping in bulk, or if you want to start using them, consider this permission to go mismatched. Sure, your pantry could look like this. But also, it could look like a beautiful collection of whatever random jars you find yourself in possession of at the time.
A few weeks ago, a friend came over to my house for a meeting and brought some snacks with her, pictured here. The diversity of containers illustrated well the plethora of jar options out there: everything from Le Parfait jars with an orange rubber seal to colorful Mason jars to glass Tupperware to jars salvaged from finished pantry staples (in this case, a jar of Grey Poupon).
The jars I use to store food are a mix of Le Parfait, Ball / Mason jars, and Weck jars, many of which I've accumulated from thrift stores. (When you only pay sixty cents for a jar that normally costs $7, it's pretty great). You can also just hold on to old salsa, mustard, sauce, olive, etc. jars, which are especially good for storing smaller things or sending leftovers home with a guest. Labels kept on or removed, they too work just fine for what they're meant to do: store food.
What types of jars are your favorites? Any thrift store scores to share?