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?
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.
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:
the fruits of our labor
and our bountiful harvest.
As a kind reminder,
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,
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!!!!!
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?