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Getting the Last out of Bottles and Jars

Be sure to add a bit of water or some other liquid and rinse out your condiment bottles (ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, steak sauce, etc.) to add as seasoning to your homemade soup, hamburger goulash, or any other dish you're preparing. Sometimes you'll be surprised at how much is actually left in the container when some thinks it's "empty". Not all bottles and jars can be easily scraped out with a spatula.

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By Terri H. from NV

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By Julia (Guest Post)
September 5, 20070 found this helpful

When you stated that one would be surprised at just
how much is left in bottles and jars which is so difficult
to get out, you were telling the absolute truth. I have
for years been writing to various food manufacturing
and packaging companies suggesting they begin using all
wide-mouth glass containers which are totally reusable,
and in the long run would save our earth from being buried
in landfills and wasting our money as well.

By adding water or apple cider vinegar (if you're making
salad dressings or BBQ sauce), it's possible to do a better
job of getting all you're paying for, otherwise, you just

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end up tossing out a portion of everything you've already
paid for, and having to purchase more.

I would far rather pay a few cents more for the product
in the first place, and get a decent canning jar or
one that can at least be reused while being able to use all the food or condiment in the canning jar type container.

Just imagine how many fewer plastic and useless glass containers would not be in the landfills that we hear so much fussing about.

Why go to the trouble of recycling when we could make the
containers right to begin with?

Can you tell that this is a favorite soap-box of mine?
I hope so.

All the Best,
Julia in Orlando, FL

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September 5, 20070 found this helpful

The same goes for liquid laundry detergent bottles!! Rinse them out before tossing in the trash.

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