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    Molly53
    Wed Jan 20, 2010 4:15 pm
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    The sealing compound in two-part canning lids is recommended for one-time use only. To avoid wasting them, re-purpose them! Here are some suggestions:

    Store dry goods in canning jars. Take food out of cardboard packaging for longer shelf life and to deter bugs and furry critters. It is helpful to be able to see inside of jars to see what is hidden within. For longer-term storage, use your vaccuum sealer with the mason jar sealer attachment.

    Make mixes in a jar and give as gifts. Click on GREAT Mixes In A Jar for some terrific ideas.

    Nail them to stick, paint decoratively and use a garden markers.

    String them together and make "chain mail" for the kids for Halloween. Overlap them by about 25%-50% and it should look neat.

    Paint them white and paint a snowman face (side view) on them for ornaments.

    Hang them on strings in the garden to keep birds and deer away

    Make Christmas tree ornaments out of them. Paint, Glitter, Felt, Paper glued to them and a nail hole with a ribbon through it and....Voila!

    Punch designs using a hammer, nail and block of wood. Then spray the lids silver so they looked like punched tin. Hang it in your window or make several and use them to make a mobile/chime.

    Make gift tags. Great to use when giving away canned goods that have domed fabric on top. Make hole in lid and attch with raffia or ribbon.

    Make piggy banks out of canning jars by carefully cutting a slit in a used canning lid. Kids can see how their money is growing in the jar.

    Paint and use for coasters. Glue cork or felt to the underside to protect your furniture.

    Shingle the roof of a bird house with used lids.

    Make kitchen magnets by gluing a small magnet on the back and painting or decoupaging lid.

    If you get too many used canning lids to recycle at home (yes it happens), most recycling centers take them in the same section as "tin" or steel cans.
    jln's mom
    Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:10 pm
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    you're so creative. I love the garden marker idea and my daughter said she just got a few ideas to keep her busy too. thanks Molly!
    Molly53
    Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:47 pm
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    I'd love to see some more suggestions! icon_smile.gif
    Jellyqueen
    Thu Jan 21, 2010 5:19 am
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    There are so many great recipes in that link.....thanks so much. Funny thing is, I was planning to do a mix search for the spice mixes in jars, and there were many of these in that list.

    I love saving the small jars that come with the rubber type seal lids. I use these for the spice mixes for myself and gifts. Why buy mixes when you can make them youself and get much more for you money. If you have somewhere you can buy the spices and herbs in large containers, you can take them home, use what you want for mixes, then most of them can be kept in the freezer until you are ready to make mixes again.

    JQ icon_smile.gif
    Dib's
    Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:57 am
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    My husband uses them with canning jars that have small chips on them. He just puts the lid inside the ring, hammers it to his wooden shelf, fills the jar with nuts or bolts or whatever and screwes the jar up onto the ring/lid. You have seen people do this with baby food jars-no babies around here so this works-LOL
    For the jars with chips he puts some sort of compound on them (no clue-guy stuff) but it dries hard and that way he dosnt cut his fingers reaching in to get "whatever" out.

    Great Thread!
    Dib's
    Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:59 am
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    I also use "bad" jars as mini hot houses out in the garden when I need to jump start seeds/ seedlings-short term because I dont want to burn them but it works-keeps frost off of tender "babies" as well.
    Molly53
    Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:53 am
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    DiB's wrote:
    I also use "bad" jars as mini hot houses out in the garden when I need to jump start seeds/ seedlings-short term because I dont want to burn them but it works-keeps frost off of tender "babies" as well.

    My grandma used to use the bad jars in the garden....she'd turn them upside down over cuttings in the soil to make an ultra-mini greenhouse until they sprouted. This only works in cool/cold weather.
    Molly53
    Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:07 pm
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    Jewelry
    For kids, canning lids make terrific jewelry pendants. Pierce a hole along one edge using a nail and hammer, spray paint with a favorite color, and then decorate away.

    You can also experiment by adding bits of decorative shells, shaped pastas and dimensional paints to the surface before painting, to create an interesting dimensional pendant.

    Make a Memory game
    Spray the fronts of the lids in light blue paint, and left the backs alone. Stickers are then applied to the front, taking care to make 20 sets of matching pictures.

    The object of Memory is to match pictures in pairs by turning over the discs, two at a time.

    Pop art curtain
    Instead of buying a beaded curtain for your teenager's bedroom, why not make your own out of a couple hundred canning lids? Spray half your canning lids black and the other gold, string them together and hang them from the door casing. A small nail and hammer can be used to punch a hole in the top and bottom of each disc so they could be easily tied together using 3 inches of jewelry wire.

    Make First Place ribbons
    For party prizes, spray a handful of canning lids "Blue Ribbon" blue, then attach two strips of 6" blue ribbon to the back. Black dimensional paint or a permanent black felt markers can be used to write "First Place" on the front of the disc. These ribbons make terrific party prizes for three legged relays, hot potato tosses, and other party games.
    Zurie
    Thu Feb 18, 2010 1:25 pm
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    Molly, the idea of using them as garden markers is great. When I still had a place where I could do pottery, I hand-made a lot of long "stickers", which I inscribed with pottery glaze, you know, "Parsley", "Mixed Lettuces", etc.

    Unfortunately as happens with pottery, they broke with long use, and so far I haven't found a good alternative -- except these bottle tops idea!! Thanks!!! icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif
    Zurie
    Thu Feb 18, 2010 1:26 pm
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    Another use I always put used bottles and tops to, is to put my dried fruits in them, and fill up with either a good sherry, brandy or rum. Then they last forever -- you will not have too-dry, yucky dried fruits.

    You have to use good quality, or it may still spoil over time. But a good liquor will plump up your dried fruits, and then they are fantastic when you use them!! (Drunk seedless raisins, oh my, how their personalities improve!)

    Basically, I use this, in canning bottles:

    Raisins and sultanas (golden raisins): medium sherry
    Dried peaches/pears/apricots: brandy or rum
    Prunes: sweet sherry
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    Molly53
    Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:19 pm
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    Zurie wrote:
    Another use I always put used bottles and tops to, is to put my dried fruits in them, and fill up with either a good sherry, brandy or rum. Then they last forever -- you will not have too-dry, yucky dried fruits.

    You have to use good quality, or it may still spoil over time. But a good liquor will plump up your dried fruits, and then they are fantastic when you use them!! (Drunk seedless raisins, oh my, how their personalities improve!)

    Basically, I use this, in canning bottles:

    Raisins and sultanas (golden raisins): medium sherry
    Dried peaches/pears/apricots: brandy or rum
    Prunes: sweet sherry
    icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif
    Zurie, have you ever heard of GIN SOAKED RAISINS (link) as a remedy for arthritis?
    Jellyqueen
    Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:13 am
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    Molly53 wrote:
    Zurie wrote:
    Another use I always put used bottles and tops to, is to put my dried fruits in them, and fill up with either a good sherry, brandy or rum. Then they last forever -- you will not have too-dry, yucky dried fruits.

    You have to use good quality, or it may still spoil over time. But a good liquor will plump up your dried fruits, and then they are fantastic when you use them!! (Drunk seedless raisins, oh my, how their personalities improve!)

    Basically, I use this, in canning bottles:

    Raisins and sultanas (golden raisins): medium sherry
    Dried peaches/pears/apricots: brandy or rum
    Prunes: sweet sherry
    icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif
    Zurie, have you ever heard of GIN SOAKED RAISINS (link) as a remedy for arthritis?


    I have heard of this, but have never tried it......since I do have some Gin and some raisins, I guess I should give it a try....goodness knows I have enough arthritis to be a good test subject! icon_lol.gif

    JQ icon_smile.gif
    Molly53
    Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:18 am
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    Jellyqueen wrote:
    Molly53 wrote:
    Zurie wrote:
    Another use I always put used bottles and tops to, is to put my dried fruits in them, and fill up with either a good sherry, brandy or rum. Then they last forever -- you will not have too-dry, yucky dried fruits.

    You have to use good quality, or it may still spoil over time. But a good liquor will plump up your dried fruits, and then they are fantastic when you use them!! (Drunk seedless raisins, oh my, how their personalities improve!)

    Basically, I use this, in canning bottles:

    Raisins and sultanas (golden raisins): medium sherry
    Dried peaches/pears/apricots: brandy or rum
    Prunes: sweet sherry
    icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif
    Zurie, have you ever heard of GIN SOAKED RAISINS (link) as a remedy for arthritis?


    I have heard of this, but have never tried it......since I do have some Gin and some raisins, I guess I should give it a try....goodness knows I have enough arthritis to be a good test subject! icon_lol.gif

    JQ icon_smile.gif
    I'd be very interested to know how that works out for you, JQ.
    HotPepperRosemaryJelly
    Sat Apr 24, 2010 2:16 pm
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    Zurie wrote:
    Another use I always put used bottles and tops to, is to put my dried fruits in them, and fill up with either a good sherry, brandy or rum. Then they last forever -- you will not have too-dry, yucky dried fruits.

    You have to use good quality, or it may still spoil over time. But a good liquor will plump up your dried fruits, and then they are fantastic when you use them!! (Drunk seedless raisins, oh my, how their personalities improve!)

    Basically, I use this, in canning bottles:

    Raisins and sultanas (golden raisins): medium sherry
    Dried peaches/pears/apricots: brandy or rum
    Prunes: sweet sherry
    icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif


    Hey Zurie!
    Long time no hear! How's it going on your side of the world?
    Now that sounds devine!!!! Yum yum yum!
    Thanks for the great idea!
    Jelly wave.gif
    HotPepperRosemaryJelly
    Sat Apr 24, 2010 2:24 pm
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    Jellyqueen wrote:
    Molly53 wrote:
    Zurie wrote:
    Another use I always put used bottles and tops to, is to put my dried fruits in them, and fill up with either a good sherry, brandy or rum. Then they last forever -- you will not have too-dry, yucky dried fruits.

    You have to use good quality, or it may still spoil over time. But a good liquor will plump up your dried fruits, and then they are fantastic when you use them!! (Drunk seedless raisins, oh my, how their personalities improve!)

    Basically, I use this, in canning bottles:

    Raisins and sultanas (golden raisins): medium sherry
    Dried peaches/pears/apricots: brandy or rum
    Prunes: sweet sherry
    icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif
    Zurie, have you ever heard of GIN SOAKED RAISINS (link) as a remedy for arthritis?


    I have heard of this, but have never tried it......since I do have some Gin and some raisins, I guess I should give it a try....goodness knows I have enough arthritis to be a good test subject! icon_lol.gif

    JQ icon_smile.gif


    Oh my! I'll definitely spread the word about this remedy! Now I know what they were talking about when I heard people say that old timers were taking the cure! Woo hoo!
    Now that is a much better pain reliever than Tylenol and Motrin! icon_wink.gif I'll add this to my arsenol of elderberry wine and syrup, etc..!
    Jelly icon_biggrin.gif
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