My name is Sarah, and I am an addict. A mason jar addict. No seriously, I love mason jars so much that it pains me to give anyone something that I canned. Because it literally feels like I’m giving away one of my babies when I do. I know, I’m a total spaz…
Every time I come home from the DI(a thrift store), I either have every single mason jar that there was in stock, or I am bummed because I came up dry. I’m sure that this is shocking to most of you that know me at all and know that I strive to be a minimalist.
However, when it comes to storing food and having enough jars to do so, I can’t get enough.
Buying Mason jars second-hand can be a great way to save money, as long as you are not spending too much.
I usually find them at thrift shops, but I’ve heard that you can also find them at yard sales. I myself have never found any at a yard sale, but then again…I’m in Utah and most people around here keep them for their own food storage.
If you are lucky enough to find some that are second-hand, make sure that you don’t spend more than 25¢ on a used mason jar unless it is the kind with a handle, a half gallon size, or an antique blue.
Otherwise you may as well just buy them new and not have to deal with the extra cleaning, and cost of products used to clean them, that comes along with buying second-hand. Speaking of cleaning, I wanted to share with you all what I do to clean them as easy as possible.
First, you start out with your nasty jars. This batch was particularly gross and covered in rust. This is about as dirty as I dare go, otherwise it really makes you wonder what they had in that jar and I just don’t want to risk it.
Next, I plug the sink, fill it with warm/hot water and a generous amount of Original Dawn dish soap. I let them soak for about ten minutes…or a bit longer if I get distracted by the kids.
The Original Dawn dish soap usually does a pretty decent job at breaking down the adhesive on the price stickers.
Most of the time the stickers are even floating on the top of the water when I go do the next step.
Oh, but before I do, I wanted share with you all links to five of my other posts that you’re also going to love:
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Now back to my Second Hand Mason Jar Cleaning Regimen.
Now I take a Steel Scouring Padand scrub off any rust or adhesive that is still sticking around…ha ha, see what I did there?
Anyway, sometimes if there is anything hanging around on the inside of the jar I either use a basic bottle brush to scrub it out, or I take the Steel Scouring Pad, put it inside the jar and use a spoon to push around the Steel Scouring Padand try to scrub it out that way.
Now it’s time for the dishwasher. Here, I take one extra step to get rid of any residue that may there but I can’t see it.
They come out super clean and I now feel safe enough to use them to store my family’s food. Heck, I’m kind of a hick, so we use them for basic drinking glasses too.
See, it was pretty simple wasn’t it? Just thought I’d show you one more pic of them before and after, side by side to get the full effect of just how well it works to clean them this way.
This is just what I do to clean them before I do any dry canning. or to put them in the cupboard. Otherwise I still sterilize them in the oven before any processing. That’s it! It’s pretty easy and well worth the savings of buying them second-hand.
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