I’d like to tell you that I only serve homemade sauce the way my grandmother used to make it at my house, but that would be an out and out lie. When you work full-time, it’s unrealistic to expect that you can cook everything from scratch. I like to keep at least one jar of sauce and a box of pasta in my pantry at all times for quick, weeknight dinners.
Lately my pasta sauce of choice has been Classico. Take a look at one of these jars without its label on, and you’ll understand why I’m a big fan. Underneath the label lives a beautiful Atlas Mason jar, and I think you already know how I feel about a mason jar. Classico’s website clearly states that you should not reuse their jars for canning, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t have a second life as something decorative.
The only impediment to repurposing these gorgeous jars is getting all the adhesive and its residue off. I’ve experimented with several different methods and products. The quickest, cheapest way I’ve found to get all the gunk off the jar requires supplies that you probably already have: warm water, a steel scouring pad, and some elbow grease.
Consume the pasta sauce. Duh.
Thoroughly clean the jar. I also like to swirl some vinegar around in it to make sure that I get all of the food smell out of the jar.
Peel off as much of the paper label as you can. This is easier if you do it right after you clean the jar before drying it.
Soak the jar in warm water for about 10 mins. to get the adhesive loosened up.
Scrub the adhesive and residue with a steel scouring pad. You can also remove the printed expiration date with the scouring pad.
Rinse and dry the jar.
I hope this tutorial inspires you to think twice before putting jars into the recycling bin. Just in case you need some ideas of what to do with your repurposed jars, check out my Mason Jar Craftiness board on Pinterest. Happy repurposed crafting!