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Old 09/08/09, 02:26 PM
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Return of gift jars

I would like to do more giving of home preserved products such as jam and salsa but the cost of jars holds me back. I wouldn't mind so much if I knew the jars would be reused but most that would be receiving these gifts would probably put them in the recycle bin or throw them away. I was thinking of printing a sticker to put on the bottom of the jar asking that it be returned to me when emptied. Is that tacky? How do you handle this?

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Old 09/08/09, 02:29 PM
 
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Anyone who knows me well enough to get homemade canned things, knows me well enough to return the jars & rings!

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Old 09/08/09, 02:34 PM
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Me too! I only give homemade things to close family, and I tell them "hang on to these and I'll re-use them."

Occasionally I'll make a gift of apple butter to someone I don't know well, like our mail carrier. I consider that jar "gone".

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I'm the same as Bonnie L -- anyone who gets canned goods from me knows that the only way to get more goodies is to return those jars when they are empty.

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same here.....my family knows that if they want more goodies for presents they need to bring back the jars for refills!

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Old 09/08/09, 02:41 PM
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"Please enjoy
and I'd be thrilled
with the return of the jar
so it can be refilled."

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Old 09/08/09, 02:48 PM
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I have no problem saying, "if you think of it, please return the jar." And if they don't think of it....oh well. Friends are worth more than jars so don't let one come between you.

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Old 09/08/09, 03:09 PM
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Use your computer to make small labels with Oggie's poem. Put them on the back of the jar, with cute homemade contents label on the front.

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Old 09/08/09, 03:23 PM
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I have one friend who is absolutely RABID about getting her jars back. I swear she writes it down in stone somewhere.

Last year I gave her 7 boxes! of canning jars (used/cheap/from an auction) as a XMAS present.

Hopefully that will quiet her down for awhile.

I have even trained adult men to rinse and return my beerbottles if they ever want to see "samples" again.

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Old 09/08/09, 03:26 PM
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"Please enjoy
and I'd be thrilled
with the return of the jar
so it can be refilled."
can you print me a gazillion of those?
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Old 09/08/09, 03:39 PM
 
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If it's family or someone I know well, I tell them I'd like the jar back if they remember. If it's someone we don't know as well, teacher, etc, I don't worry about it.

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Old 09/08/09, 03:43 PM
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I run a rescue mission in which I hide any jar given to us in our pantry.

If I give them back, I'm afraid that they might be sterilized.

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Old 09/08/09, 03:50 PM
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Sterilized jars cant reproduce. We dont want them to go extinct.

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Old 09/08/09, 04:12 PM
 
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My honey man sells his honey in jars. I figure his jars are a cost of doing business. If I am in need of a jar I keep his. If I am running out of shelfspace because of a few extra canning jars I return some to him.

If your canning jars cost you more than your efforts to put stuff in them, you are undervaluing your labor! If you have so little cash that you can't afford canning jars if they are not returned to you, use Oggie's poem and ask anyone you're sweet enough to give a jar of something to, to give you canning jars as a present when they ask how they could thank you.

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Old 09/08/09, 05:08 PM
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I like the poem too; but I simply let folks know that if they want another jar filled with a suprise they must return the jar. And they do! But if they didn't; I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.

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Old 09/08/09, 08:56 PM
 
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"Please enjoy
and I'd be thrilled
with the return of the jar
so it can be refilled."
That is a great idea, but a little lame. People might not take it seriously.

I like this one better, even though it will take a little larger label:

Please enjoy
the fruits of our labor
and our bountiful harvest.
As a kind reminder,
Please remember,
I plowed, disk and planted,
feritlized, hoed and weeded,
watered, composted and harvested.
Then, I stood in a 300 degree kitchen
In the heat of August,
Carefully canning,
the delicacy you are consuming.
Please tell me you are not so lame
to not return my jar.
If you don't,
I will hunt you down,
and hold you captive
until I get my jar back!!!!!

LOL!!!!!
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Old 09/08/09, 09:11 PM
 
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Clovis is just missing an obscenity or two in the last line:

"Until I get my #$&%# jar back!!!!"

(!!!)

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Old 09/08/09, 09:15 PM
 
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Maybe you should ask for not only your jar back but for any other extra jars they might have.

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Old 09/08/09, 09:38 PM
 
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Maybe you should ask for not only your jar back but for any other extra jars they might have.

Ah, but then you really WILL get "any extra jars". :eek

Nothing on this earth is as nasty as getting a jar with lid, opening it to clean (right under your face as the lid must've been tightened by Hercules) and finding it's a mayo jar, circa 1997, and not well cleaned. Seared my nasal passages raw and I thought I'd be ill.

Yeah, so... no more canning jar acceptances from the hoarding folks, eh?
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Old 09/08/09, 09:39 PM
 
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Old 09/09/09, 05:37 AM
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That is a great idea, but a little lame. People might not take it seriously.

I like this one better, even though it will take a little larger label:

Please enjoy
the fruits of our labor
and our bountiful harvest.
As a kind reminder,
Please remember,
I plowed, disk and planted,
feritlized, hoed and weeded,
watered, composted and harvested.
Then, I stood in a 300 degree kitchen
In the heat of August,
Carefully canning,
the delicacy you are consuming.
Please tell me you are not so lame
to not return my jar.
If you don't,
I will hunt you down,
and hold you captive
until I get my jar back!!!!!

LOL!!!!!
I can picture this on some delicate looking card stock that says "Because I Love you" on the outside.
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Old 09/09/09, 05:43 AM
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Yes, if you ask for jars, you will get all sorts, but no worries there. Smash them to bits and use them in the heat sink for your greenhouse during the cooler months........

Keep an eye on freecycle and craigslist, we have gotten many jars that way.

My family and friends know that those that return jars are placed at the head of the line for "Seconds", especially those that "find" jars and give them to us.

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Old 09/09/09, 05:55 AM
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I have found when I give Jams, Jellies etc, if you mention you could use the jars again most people a really good about returning them. I gave a friend of mine a jar of grape jelly and mentioned the jar she said "oh I have some for you!" went under her cupboard and gave me 6 jelly jars, since she knows I can she saves them for me when she buys products in jars..But sometimes be carful what you ask for I mentions to a friend to keep her eye out for jars at yard sales.2 weeks later she pulled in my drive way with 3 banana boxes of jars she got for $2.00..lol

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Old 09/09/09, 07:46 AM
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I consider jelly jars part of the gift. They are the only size I buy every year. That said, I usually tell people that I'll refill the jars if they are returned, and lots of people follow through.

As to getting people to save jars for you, I went to a family funeral about a year and a half ago. It was for an uncle, who canned. Since I think I'm the only cousin who still cans regularly, they formed a line and put box after box of jars in my car to take home.

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Old 09/09/09, 08:26 AM
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That is a great idea, but a little lame. People might not take it seriously.

I like this one better, even though it will take a little larger label:

Please enjoy
the fruits of our labor
and our bountiful harvest.
As a kind reminder,
Please remember,
I plowed, disk and planted,
feritlized, hoed and weeded,
watered, composted and harvested.
Then, I stood in a 300 degree kitchen
In the heat of August,
Carefully canning,
the delicacy you are consuming.
Please tell me you are not so lame
to not return my jar.
If you don't,
I will hunt you down,
and hold you captive
until I get my jar back!!!!!

LOL!!!!!
Great, but that would probably only work on the quart jars.
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Old 09/09/09, 08:54 AM
 
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Great, but that would probably only work on the quart jars.
You should see what they can do with packaging these days. I bet it would fit even on half pints.

The important thing would be to make the first 12 lines really small, but bold up the last 6, and make it big enough so old folks can read it without their glasses.

Of course, you could just simplify it with a round label that reads "Jar Thieves"
with a red circle and a slash through it.
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Old 09/09/09, 10:25 AM
 
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I also consider the jars to be part of the gift but I tell them if they can return them to me, that would be great. If not, please don't throw them away. Give them to someone who will use them.

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If you don't want to give up your jars, consider hosting an in-home swap with others who like to can and gift. Everyone brings a set number of home canned items to the party and leaves with that number of others' canned goods. That way you get to keep jars, enjoy some fellowship, and share recipes. Your local church's ladies circle might be interested in doing something like this prior to the holidays.

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Old 09/09/09, 01:17 PM
 
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I find that they tend to come back but a bit slowly. We've given canned goods for years and not gotten jars back and then this year, they all came back. Now I have to figure out where to store them.

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Old 09/09/09, 09:20 PM
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Thank you all for sharing your thoughts or suggestions.

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