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Mason jars display your dry goods beautifully

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Mason jars display your dry goods beautifully

I know we're all up to our eyeballs in Mason jars right now, it being the height of canning and pickling season and all. But besides using these beautiful and simple jars for jams and salsas and other preserves, do you consider using them for storage? I love garage sale season! I scour the sales for old Mason jars (the ones with the glass tops) and fill them up with my lentils, barley, quinoa, icing sugar ... whatever. They look very pretty on display with a wide array of colourful goods stored inside. Plus, they're far better for your health than plastic. When using plastic we have to worry about BPA, antimony, dioxins and other harmful chemicals that can leach into your food. Glass jars and bottles don't give off any chemicals when in contact with food. Also, glass is far easier to recycle than plastic. Don't worry if you've missed out on garage sale season, you can usually find Mason jars at antique stores for a reasonable price. And don't look past those little glass jars in your fridge. Caper, Dijon mustard, artichoke and other small jars are perfect for storing spices and small amounts of leftovers. What do you use for storage?
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