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Glass storage containers? Esp. tiny ones?

I am going to toss all of my plastic storage containers and buy glass ones. I've found several options: Crate & Barrel has them, Pyrex, Rubbermaid, etc have them and there is a company called Bormioli Rocco that sells them. Have any of you tried these, and what is the best.

I also haven't had luck finding a tiny glass container - like something that would hold 1/2 cup and be 1" in diameter and maybe 1" high. I really like to put nuts and salad dressing in these! I could keep my plastic ones but it would drive me crazy to have one thing be different. Have you been able to find any small ones and can you recommend something?

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  1. Yes! Ikea has them. They have chrome-colored screw-on lids. I use them to store spices.

    1. Why not consider Ball or Mason canning/preserving jars? They have several sizes, frequently have "decorative" lids available - and I know they have tiny ones 'cause I have several holding nuts either in my fridge or on my countertop. The other sizes are great for all sorts of grains.

      1. I've been considering these for myself since I make my own spice blends. Although they're only available on-line they can be returned to any Target store:


        1. I recently got rid of my 40 year old Tupperware and all those Gladware microwave plastics that seemed to have hatched and multiplied like Tribbles in favor of 2-cup Pyrex food storage containers. So far, so good. I wish there were some way to label them to identify contents in my freezer, but I've been attaching pieces of paper around them with rubber bands showing the contents and dates.

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          1. re: Ambimom

            Just use Sharpie on the glass. It should come off in the dishwasher.

            1. re: Coconuts

              Hairspray or rubbing alcohol also remove permanent ink from most non-porous surfaces. I use it on the mason jar lids (I use 1/2 cup--primarily for pate--and 1 pint sizes)

              One way I used to label dried goods was to put a label inside the jar prior to filling.

              American Science & Surplus has tons of odd glass jars in all sizes: http://www.sciplus.com

            2. re: Ambimom

              Blue masking tape holds on quite well if the glass is not wet when you apply it.

              1. re: Ambimom

                I use a grease pen on lids comes off with soap and hot water.

              2. You may have made a typo in those dimensions you are looking for. You can have tiny or you can have 1/2 cup capacity. A 1-inch diameter jar with a capacity of 1/2 cup would be a foot tall, more or less. I happen to be shopping around for some jars for spices and I'm leaning toward something like the 4-oz amber jar on this site:


                You need to buy a full case (24 jars), but others will sell smaller quantities.

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                1. re: Zeldog

                  I was interested in these jars and took a look at the amber and the cobalt jars, but wasn't able to determine the seal configuration, other than finding an adheasive inner seal sold separately. During my time at Burroughs-Wellcome in meds packaging, the salve jars we used with an inner adheasive seal were not liquid tight and reusable. I suspect these won't work for my lunches and sauces without leaking. Anyone tried these, especially with a cold liquid warming up (and pressurizing) until lunch? The last thing I want is a lunchbox covered with dumpling sauce or soy sauce! Thanks.

                2. we got a bunch from Panzey's spices and we are very frugal whenever we finish a jar if mustard or similar condiment in that it and lid go into the dishwasher and we reuse esp for salad dressings

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                  1. re: capeanne

                    I'm also a big fan of the Penzey's containers. I use them to mix salad dressings, and to store reduced stocks, aka "meat jelly" in convenient quantities in the freezer.

                  2. Container Store has glass spice jars and "commercial jars". Also, try Cost Plus World Market. They have a good selection (although their website doesn't seem to list all the types I've seen in the stores). I would also try Target and Bed Bath and Beyond.

                    1. I just picked up two very cool glass storage containers last night at HomeGoods. They're called Kinetic GoGreen GlassLock. I wanted a glass container so I can bring leftovers to reheat at work for lunch. They come in all shapes and sizes. I also intend to use one of them the next time I make gelato. I want more now so I can get rid of all our plastics and switch to glass.

                      1. I'm curious why so many people here have or want to switch to glass. I have a mishmash which I don't necessarily love but plastic is lighter and not as apt to break. Just curious.

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                        1. re: c oliver

                          I also like Penzey's bottles. Better made than what I found elsewere. Cheaper, too. Also, I like yogurt containers. If you can deal with the printing outside they are a good size...and they're free! I don't even label them. I know my sesame seeds are in "peach" and my crushed chili is in "mixed berry".

                          1. re: c oliver

                            My reasons to convert to glassware were:

                            1. Reduce use of plastic and plastic waste
                            2. Eliminate money spent continuously on replacing plastic
                            3. Eliminate any health hazards associated with plastics (if any)

                            I have yet to break or have any of my glassware explode (cross fingers). I don't have to worry about my glassware picking up any smells from precooked or cooked foods. Absolutely no worries of replacing anytime soon. While I support recycling, I don't have any concerns of recycling something I do not have to discard regularly...so reducing waste output.

                            I am also in the process of transitioning and eliminating plastic cups and bottles. I have bought drinking glasses and a reusable SIGG bottle.

                              1. re: cityhopper

                                Ah, I thought people were tossing out perfectly good containers to get glass. I'm a NoCal "tree hugger" and hate waste. I have SO many old spice containers, all sizes, glass and plastic, I can't imagine ever needing to replace any. Dates back to before I started buying things in bulk. And I DO save glass jars for SO many things, especially the Costco capers and Dijon mustard - they just seem the perfect size.

                                1. re: c oliver

                                  C Oliver:
                                  I do the same, but have to confess that I'm a container junkie (unlike those who have created the market for the Container Store--lol)

                                  I reuse all things--there was a bit of pate from my last round that went into a chinese mustard powder container. Mustard jars are perfect for making vinagrette, as well as mixing the flour+milk for thickening gravy--nothing works better.

                              2. re: c oliver

                                My lunch box and it's contents often spends from 4-10 hours after lunch warm and damp; a perfect breeding ground for all kinds of biogrowth which can etch / embed into the surface of the container and after a couple of weeks of use, I've found a clear container forms surface etching which can prevent complete cleaning, even in a dishwasher. Glass resists these effects best and is as smooth and chemical resistant as is available, emits as few contaminants as possible and is 100% recyclable; basically the same reasons most chemistry labware remains glass instead of plastic

                              3. As a fan of marinated artichoke hearts, I find the 6.5 oz jars that contain them to be quite handy for re-use.

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                                1. re: Rmis32

                                  My mom's boyfriend makes chicken soup and sends it over to me in similar reused glass jars--one is a quart cherry pepper jar and one is a pickle jar (1 quart + 14 oz). Lucky for me, his containers are so large 'cause his homemade chicken soup is fantastic! ;)

                                  1. A 1 inch x 1 inch container will not hold half a cup.

                                    And try The Container Store for all sizes and shapes of glass containers.

                                    1. Now that this thread has popped back up, I reuse my Smucker's jars for salad dressing, jalapeno puree, making tipsy cherries (!) anything of a small quantity like that ALL THE TIME. They're little 12 oz. jars and I'm partial to the shape of 'em, too.

                                      Not to mention, I'm a big fan of Smucker's Orchard's Finest--Michigan Red Tart Cherry is my favorite-favorite--peach apricot is yummy, too:

                                      Three years later, I have easily tripled my stash of GoGreen GlassLock storage. Still lovin' it bigtime. It's FANTASTIC for storing gelato and leftover sauce in the freezer and keeps my baked goodies airtight, fresh and ready for special deliveries. :)

                                      1. I use either Anchor Hocking glass refrigerator containers (love 'em!) or glass mason jars to store my food. One of the advantages of mason jars is that the lids are always one of two sizes, no matter if the jar is 1/2 cup or 2 quarts. When I reach into the lid drawer the lids are all either small or large, and that makes it easy to grab the right lid without fishing around for it.

                                        Food keeps so much better in glass than in plastic.