If you've ever bought commercially prepared baby food for your little one, then chances are you have a stash of glass baby food jars that you don't know what to do with!
You could, of course, recycle them.
But REUSING them is even better - after all, even the recycling process uses up resources.
So in this article, I'm going to take a look at whether or not your spare glass baby food jars are safe for storing your homemade baby food.
I've also got lots of good ideas for other ways you can use them around your home!
Yes, you can, but there are a few ways in which you need to be careful.
First, you should never freeze your homemade baby food in jars that previously contained commercial baby food.
This is because the glass from which they are made is not strong enough to stand such extremes of temperatures and is very likely to crack.
Even more worrying is the risk that the cracks may be so small that you won't see them. This means tiny shard of glass could go undetected in your baby's food.
If you'd particularly like to freeze your baby's food in glass jars, we'd recommend the Wee Sprout Glass Baby Food Jars, which are specially made for the job!
You CAN, however, reuse glass baby food jars to store your homemade baby food in the fridge. After all, they are the perfect size!
But it's important to keep them upright.
This is because the lids on commercial baby food jars are not designed to seal as tightly in future as they were when you first removed them. This means they are vulnerable to leakage - definitely something to bear in mind if you are packing them for a day out and about!
On the other hand, they are perfect for storing travel snacks like Cheerios or bread sticks for older babies.
Don't try to reheat your baby's food in glass jars either, unless the manufacturer's instructions explicitly say this is safe (which is very unlikely with a jar that was made for commercial baby food).
Again, this is because the glass is not designed to stand a significant change in temperature.
The only problem with reusing glass baby food jars is that getting the label off can be a pain!
Soaking the whole jar in warm water is usually enough to remove the paper part of the label, but the glue has a tendency to stick around!
Here's how to remove it:
If you don't want to use them for baby food storage - or your little one is not so little any more (sigh) - here are a few fun ways to put your glass baby food jars to good use:
Last but not least - donate any glass baby food jars that you can't use to a local school. They will be only too happy to use them for craft projects!