In an effort to waste less, we up-cycle our glass jars. Its an easy and free way to add more storage containers for foods (or anything else for that matter). I try not to use any plastic containers in our house and this is such a great way to make that change. I also try to minimize my families’ BPA exposure.
From The Journal of the Yale School of Environmental Studies:
There is also now abundant research that links BPA and phthalate exposure to such human health concerns as deformities of the male and female genitals; premature puberty in females; decreased sperm quality; and increases in breast and prostate cancers, infertility, miscarriages, obesity, type 2 diabetes, allergies and neurological problems, like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
In addition, glass storage has environmental and health benefits along with being nonporous so its easy to clean (no smells or stains). Reusing the jars also keeps them from being recycled and out of landfills.
After pulling off the label, give the jar a quick scrub with soap and water. Scrape off the glue and remaining paper. Then put the jar in the dishwasher for a good wash. Now you can use it for anything.
So now that you have clean jars- Lets fill them! I have added a simple granola below for a quick and tasty breakfast or topping for yogurt. Homemade granola is always a better option then the store bought kind because you can control the sugar and ingredients.
– 2 C Whole Oats
– 1/2 C Walnuts
– 1/2 C Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
– 1/4 C Chia Seeds
– 1/4 C Maple Syrup
– 1/3 C Olive Oil
– 1/2t Cinnamon
*optional add dried fruits
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
- Add all of the ingredients to the bowl and stir them together.
- Put the granola mixture on a cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes.
- Let the granola cool down completely before adding to the glass jar.