Ultimate Guide to Food Storage with Glass Jars

-Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The possibilities for using glass jars as storage are endless.

Whether you are packaging food to sell or just being efficient with leftovers, glass jars are the king of storage. Not only are glass jars more attractive and creative for food storage, but they are also way better than plastic containers.

With a few ideas, tips and tricks under your belt, you can use glass jars safely and beautifully to store food in your fridge, freezer and pantry.

Glass jars can be found in just about every size, color and shape that you could possibly ever need. Using glass jars for food storage is one of the best ways to keep your pantry, fridge and freezer organized. You can label them, paint them and customize and organize them in any way you please.

We’re pretty experienced with all kinds of packaging here at Packaging Options Direct, but even we can’t deny the versatility, popularity and efficiency of glass jars when it comes to food storage.

Although there is a myriad of ways you can use glass jars in your everyday life, today we are going to focus on putting together the ultimate guide to food storage with glass jars.

Let’s begin.

Pasta Canning Jars

Benefits of Glass Jars Used for Food Storage

The benefits of glass jars heavily outweigh those of plastic containers. Some of the most important and significant benefits of using glass jars versus plastic include:

  • Enhances food flavor: the glossy and smooth surface of glass repels residual odors and flavors. When you reheat food in glass it tastes better than those nuked in plastic, and the food won’t retain the dangerous plastic emissions.
  • Keeps food safe: Science confirms that toxic substances from plastic are easily transferable to food during reheating. Glass jars are simply cleaner than plastic and safer for food storage. Why do you think most food, condiments and sauces are sold in glass jars at the market?
  • Easy clean up: Glass jars can be thrown into the dishwasher without worry and they are durable and long lasting. They’re remarkably strong and resistant to breaking.
  • Eco-Friendly: Plastic is harder to recycle than glass. Up to 80% of recycled glass makes its way back on the market.

Simply put, when using glass jars as storage you become more economical, eco-friendly and you won’t compromise the quality and flavor of the food that is packaged. With good care, you will use your glass jars almost indefinitely.

What can you Store in Glass Jars?

The real question is what can’t you store in glass jars? If we were to list every little thing that you can put away in a glass jar we would have to write an entire book, and unfortunately not everyone is as much of a fanatic about packaging options as we are, so we don’t think the book would sell too well.

That’s why we’ll stick to simple lists…everyone loves lists.

  • Salads: Layer your veggies in a glass jar, lock it with a lid and stick it in the fridge. When the craving for some greens comes around all you have to do is pour in some dressing and enjoy.
  • Jellies: Jams, jellies, syrups, soups, juices and homemade condiments can easily be stored in glass jars and organized in your fridge.
  • Leftovers: Forget plastic storage containers, we’ve already ruled them out as being bad. Secure your leftovers in a clean glass jar seal it with a lid and enjoy it later.
  • Herbs: Anything from salt, pepper, oregano, paprika, garlic and pretty much any kind of spice, herb or flavoring can be simply sealed in a glass jar. If you use an airtight lid the strong smells will stay inside the jar as well.
  • Flour, sugar, rice, etc.: The best way to store these substances is in clear glass jars. That way you will be able to see which is which and they will be clean, organized and dry.
  • Tea and coffee: Same thing as flour, sugar and rice. Store your coffee and tea in attractive glass jars and enjoy the delicious aromas that drift out when you pop open the lid.
  • Frozen goods: Don’t freeze liquids in jars because they expand and can crack and break a glass jar. You can however freeze berries, beans and other related items. Make sure to leave at least an inch of space between the top of the food and the mouth of the jar so there is room for expansion. Thaw with care.

You can also store things like laundry detergent, office supplies, cotton balls, tools and more in glass jars. Glass jars are pretty much the most versatile thing in the world.

Check out the Glass Jars from Packaging Options Direct

Whether you are looking for glass jars for personal use at home and food storage, or if you need glass jars to package and sell your product, Packaging Options Direct can help you find and pick out the best glass jars for your needs.

Here at Packaging Options Direct, we have more than 100 years of experience with all kinds of packaging ranging from glass bottles, glass jars, tins, scoops and more.

Contact us if you have any questions about glass jars, packaging or for more information about our products.

Battle of the Glass Bottles: Clear or Colored?

-Friday, March 14, 2014

Are you searching for the perfect glass bottle for your home brew? Did you find a new DIY project on Pinterest that you are just dying to try out and it features glass bottles? Or maybe you’re thinking about decorating with glass bottles?

Regardless of your motivation or inspiration Packaging Options Direct offers a wide variety of glass bottles to fulfill your every need.

Before you buy glass bottles, there are a few things you should know about them.

Glass bottles are not created equal and they vary in size, shape and color. Glass is renewable and 100% recyclable without losing strength or quality. This means that a glass bottle can go from the recycling bin to store shelves in as little as 30 days. This is one of the main reasons why glass bottles are increasingly becoming more popular and individuals are moving away from using plastic.

Glass is a wonderful packaging option because it ensures the product maintains its quality. Due to the variety of color and size options, it can be overwhelming to decide what kind of glass bottle you want to store your product in. What’s the deal with the different colors anyway? Is there a difference between a green bottle and a clear bottle? There is.

Let’s discuss the battle of the glass bottles and decipher the difference between clear and colored bottles.

Colored Glass Bottles

Glass Color Options

The main colors that glass bottles are produced in are green, brown, blue and clear.

The different colors for glass bottles are achieved through various chemical additives, dyes and reactions.

  • Blue bottles are a result of cobalt or copper being added to the liquid molten mixture.
  • Green bottles are a result of oxidized iron chromate being added to the liquid molten mixture.
  • Brown, or amber, bottles offer the finest protection from harmful ultraviolet radiation. This is why brown glass bottles are the best choice for beer brewers.
  • Clear glass is natural and colorless and helps show off the product stored inside. However, it offers no protection from light or UV radiation.

So what’s the difference between clear and colored bottles? Besides the color the difference, it depends on what exactly you will be using the bottles for.

The Purpose of the Bottles

In today’s modern world of Pinterest, Etsy and other popular DIY or handmade websites, people are bombarded with millions of creative ideas.

Apart from that, companies are continually producing beer, wine, oils, personal care items and other products that need to be safely and aesthetically stored. Some companies and individuals decide to use colored bottles for simple marketing and packaging reasons, while others use specific bottles meant to protect the quality of the product.

Beer and wine are typically stored in darker bottles so the taste and quality isn’t compromised by light. Beer bottles were green in color until the 1930s when it was discovered that brown bottles filtered out light and prevented the beer from going bad.

Clear and green bottles won’t do much for filtering out harmful light, so they aren’t recommended for beers that are hoppy. Beer that contains little or no hops can be safely packaged in clear or green bottles. If you are creating essential oils and storing them in glass bottles, don’t worry about the clear versus colored issue. For most oils, the color of the bottle they are stored in will not affect the quality of the oil.

Of course there are always exceptions, so you should research your oils to learn if they are affected by light and if they need to be protected in colored glass bottles. If you are creating personal care items such as lotions and creams you can also store those in colored or clear glass bottles without worrying about compromising the quality of the product.

If you add a tint of color to your product you may prefer to show it off in a clear bottle. If your product is generic in color, then you may want to add to it by presenting it in a pretty blue or green bottle.

It all comes down to aesthetics. Other common uses for glass bottles include decoration, repurposing them as vases, painting them and more.

The Final Verdict

At the end of the day, choosing between colored or clear glass bottles is a personal preference.

Unless science or chemistry has proven that a certain color is better for a product, such as brown bottles and beer, then it really doesn’t matter what you choose. Packaging is a big part of a product.

You can offer the finest quality hand lotion or the best wine in the world, but if you package it wrong it can hurt your business.

Whether you choose green bottles, brown bottles, blue bottles or clear bottles for your business or DIY project, Packaging Options Direct will assist you with all your needs.

If you need help in choosing the perfect packaging feel free to connect with one of our experts for help. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting you with all your packaging needs.

Contact us today to learn more about us!

Making a Business Out of Glass Bottles and Jars

-Sunday, March 2, 2014

Thanks to social media sites like Pinterest and e-commerce websites like Etsy, which is focused on handmade items and art and craft supplies, there has never been a better time to consider making a business out of glass bottles and jars.

More and more savvy entrepreneurs are finding creative ways to start businesses and make additional income using their creativity and DIY capabilities in conjunction with glass bottles and jars and their seemingly endless uses. From homemade pasta sauces to beautiful artwork made out of repurposed glass bottles and jars, the possibilities can stretch as far as your imagination will take you.

Whether you’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to turn your grandmother’s secret salad dressing recipe into a worldwide sensation or have turned your Pinterest obsession for planning events into a real life business filled with gorgeous Mason jar centerpieces, having a great source for packaging can mean all the difference to your success.

Other popular businesses that are popping up using glass bottles and jars include companies that repurpose wine bottles into candle surrounds or holders, drinking glasses, planters and vases, and others that use glass bottles and jars in the food and cosmetic industries.

Glass bottles for business

Packaging Options Direct – Your Trusted Packaging Partners

From choosing the right size and shape for your glass bottles and jars to helping you select the right closure, scoop or color, our professionals at Packaging Options Direct are your trusted packaging partners.

We understand the demands of small businesses and will work to ensure that your needs are met and exceeded. We will never ask you for a minimum order and you can count on excellent customer service, fast shipping and quality products.

How to Choose the Right Glass Bottles and Jars

Here are a few considerations to make before choosing the right glass bottles and jars for your business:

  • Consider the color of your glass bottles and jars; you don’t have to stick with the traditional clear or flint style. Our most popular colored glass pieces are amber and cobalt. Amber is widely used in the brewing business, while cobalt is a big hit with those who make essential oils and fragrances.
  • Always keep the size of your glass bottles and jars in mind. You’ll want to make sure you’ve double checked your measurements and that you comply with the capacity and overflow capacity measurements listed for the bottle or jar you select. Our team of professionals can assist you with this step and in understanding these measurements.
  • You’ll also want to think about the shape of your glass bottles and jars. While this is mostly associated with the overall look and feel of the finished product, depending on your use, shape may play a larger role.
  • The neck opening is also vitally important to the usability of your product. Be sure to double and triple check that your product can easily be put in and taken out of the container. Again, our team can assist you with these measurements if needed.
  • These are just a few of the considerations you should make in order to select the glass bottles and jars that are best suited for your application.

Glass Bottles and Jars For Your Small Business

To learn more about glass bottles and jars for your small business, our team at Packaging Options Direct encourages you to contact them at your convenience.

We love learning more about the entrepreneurs that frequent our store and the endless ways our products are being used across the world, and would be delighted to help you in the selection process.

With a background in the packaging industry that dates back more than 100 years ago to a hardworking man who had the idea to sell used glass bottles in St. Louis, our company was built with the same entrepreneurial vision as your small business. Let us help you with all your packaging needs.

We look forward to hearing from you and to watching your business grow and flourish with glass bottles and jars.

Should you have any questions, you can contact us by calling customer service at 1-855-754-3728 between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm CST, Monday thru Friday. We look forward to hearing from you soon!