Pickle jars are handy to reuse for crafts or storage. This is a guide about reusing pickle jars.
I am looking for uses for pickle jars. How can I make kitchen canisters out of them? I need some ideas please.
By Shannonh8 from Maceo, KY
I try to use glass jars of all sizes for storage. I used to have problems with getting rid of odors from the lids. This is my method for getting rid of the odors.
After washing the lids, I put the lids unwrapped in the freezer for a few days. Sometimes longer because I forget about them. It doesn't leave an odor in the freezer. After taking them out, I let them defrost/air dry. If this doesn't work, I place the lids in the hot sun for a day or two.
I have soaked them in bleach and water and this has worked but I don't always have the time to go through this for every lid I save. The other method may not be faster but it is more convenient for me.
My Aunt got me started canning in them. She used the jars at least twice for Jams, Jellies, pickles. The rubber is strong, but unless you have canned, and have the experience I wouldn't advise it.
Paint the jars or decorate them to match your kitchen add beads or ribbon or decoupage them with tissue paper or pics from magazines.
How about collecting coins in them? Or maybe buttons? If you really want to use them in your kitchen, I think keeping different kinds of pasta in them would look really pretty. If you want to keep flour, sugar, etc. in them, I like the other posters' ideas about decoupaging or painting them. Painting the inside may not be a good idea, though. Or, you could put something like colored marbles, rocks, shells, etc. and display them on a shelf or near a window. How does that sound?
I am trying to get the pickle smell out of glass jars.
Patricia from Bristol, VA
I get pickles in large jars and when they are empty I put them without the lid on outside in the Sun for several days, bring them in and wash them and the pickle smell is gone. They make good Sun tea Jars.
I'd add 1 tsp. of bleach and two drops liq. Dawn, then
add boiling water and let sit 1 hour. Principal is that because pickles in vinegar, a mild acid, likely added to jars while hot, the glass expanded and soaked up the odor, one reason it may not be easy otherwise to just "wash" it out with this and that. If you heat (expand the glass), and add alkaline soap/bleach, it should not only neutralize the vinegar residue, but also remove the odor. Remove that the glass will be hot at first, cooler at the end of the hour, so be careful handling when hot. Good luck and God bless you.
newspaper worked for me as well.
I used mustard . Just put it in the jar let it set for a little bit then wash in hot soapy water. It worked for me , andyou only need to use maybe a Tablespoon of mustard.