Return of gift jars

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  1. FairviewFarm

    FairviewFarm Well-Known Member

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    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?
     
  2. Bonnie L

    Bonnie L Well-Known Member

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    Anyone who knows me well enough to get homemade canned things, knows me well enough to return the jars & rings! :D
     

  3. turtlehead

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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".
     
  4. Megabeth

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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.
     
  5. MN Gardener

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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!
     
  6. Oggie

    Oggie Waste of bandwidth Supporter

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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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  7. Callieslamb

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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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  8. Alice In TX/MO

    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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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.:sing:
     
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  9. gone-a-milkin

    gone-a-milkin Well-Known Member Supporter

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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. :D

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

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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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  11. Oggie

    Oggie Waste of bandwidth Supporter

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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.
     
  12. gone-a-milkin

    gone-a-milkin Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Sterilized jars cant reproduce. We dont want them to go extinct.
     
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  13. Jenn

    Jenn Well-Known Member Supporter

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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.
     
  14. ihedrick

    ihedrick Can't stop thinkin'

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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.
     
  15. clovis

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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!!!!!
     
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  16. Merit

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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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  17. JohnL751

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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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    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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  20. Mrs. Homesteader

    Mrs. Homesteader In Remembrance

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    I can picture this on some delicate looking card stock that says "Because I Love you" on the outside. :D
     
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