After a thorough cleaning and de-labeling, a simple spaghetti jar has many great uses. See our 10 favorite ways to reuse them below the jump, and share your own tips!
1. Water for the dog at the dog park: our dog gets exhausted from all the play, and if BPAs aren't good for humans, they're probably not good for her either.
2. A drink shaker or cold drink storage: add some lime juice, fresh ginger, basil or some cucumber to a jar of water, put the lid on and give it a little shake. Then stash in the fridge until you need some refreshment, or use one to make your cold-brew coffee!
3. Breakfast to go: add oatmeal, dried fruit and a little flaxseed to a jar and toss in your pack. Once you're at work, at some hot water, mix well and enjoy.
4. Leftovers: instant non-plastic, non-leaching, non-staining, BPA-free container for food. Great for soups.
5. Storage of bulk foods: re-use what you've got for storing sugar, flour, grains, rice, etc. from your local grocer's bulk food section.
6. Organization: during our ongoing green renovation, we've amassed various screws and nails of all sizes. The jars help keep things organized, are very durable and clear so you can see what's inside.
7. Gifts: we had an explosion of okra this summer. We shipped off our little darlings in these jars to our happy neighbors.
8. Make your own flavored olive oil: fill a jar with oil, add some herbs like rosemary or lemon verbena, cap tightly and let sit for a few days. Then enjoy over salad or on pasta.
9. Ribbon or string/yarn/twine storage: cut a hole in in the top for a twine dispenser or slit for ribbon dispenser.
10. Piggy bank: cut a slit in the lid, decorate with a ribbon or recycled wrapping paper, and let the cents add up.
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(Image: Quotidianefficacy. Originally published 07/08 and 07/20/09 - CB)