With a baby and two preschoolers, I don’t have the time or inclination to make homemade baby food. My Meijer grocery store puts Gerber baby food on sale frequently, and with coupons it’s the same price as generic.
One way to reuse those Gerber plastic fruit/veggie tubs is to rinse them out and put cheerios, goldfish, pretzels, and/or raisins in them for trips to the park, zoo, or car trips in the van. They contain just the right amount of snack for a preschooler, the child can get the lid on and off, and I don’t care if they get lost or are used as a sand toy!
I don’t keep them around long, however, as those plastic tubs don’t hold up forever.
I’ve never had baby food jars since I make my own baby food. (Yes, it does really take less than 30 seconds to mash up some of your food). This is a great way to use these, especially the plastic containers! They would also be good for puddings and yogurts in lunch boxes.
Funny how things and attitudes change. I did buy baby food for my kids. At that time, you were considered strange if you made your own baby food. Back then we didn’t have all the fancy grinders, choppers and blender things we have now. It was very time consuming and cost more to make your own.
As I look back, I think I mostly bought it because of the baby food jars themselves and the thousand and one different ways I could find to use them. It was kind of like the way we used to buy a certain kind of jelly because it was put in jars that made really cute glasses. Back then we used even the containers that things came in.
This was especially true with baby food jars. They were the perfect size containers for storing so many things from the sewing room to the garage. I save all kinds of jars and containers. My kids often tease me about it but I use them all.
Here are some other uses for glass jar baby food containers:
- To hold nails, screws and other hardware
- To store buttons, snaps, seam rippers, hem ruler, wood iron and small things in sewing room. For items where you need easy access, you can use them without the lids.
- Use without the lids to set on a counter or in a drawer to store Q-tips, make up pencils and tweezers.
- Ise them to organize all kinds of small collections of things like rubber bands, paper clips and other odds and ends in the junk drawer.
What do you use baby food jars for?
Photo by: arascats