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Good recycleable jars

Postby Pepper Pig » December 8th, 2019, 9:33 am

I think it was Seatallan who was complaining about being unable to get labels off commercially filled jam jars these days because they are so sticky. My youngest son is being a vegan at the moment and getting through mountains of this:

https://www.ocado.com/products/meridian ... r-32162011

The labels wash off beautifully.
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Re: Good recycleable jars

Postby scullion » December 8th, 2019, 12:13 pm

has he tried any of ?
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Postby Seatallan » December 8th, 2019, 12:28 pm

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Re: Good recycleable jars

Postby scullion » December 8th, 2019, 2:35 pm

have you tried ?
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Postby Pepper Pig » December 8th, 2019, 2:37 pm

I think we had this discussion somewhere and the sticky stuff remover just wasn’t up to the job.
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Re: Good recycleable jars

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Postby scullion » December 8th, 2019, 2:55 pm

i wouldn't know - i'm not sure if occado deliver west of bristol but i think you can pick the meridian one up at lidl, too.
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Re: Good recycleable jars

Postby Pepper Pig » December 8th, 2019, 3:04 pm

Because he works long hours in the city he has a regular Ocado delivery Scully. He’s given up his car so Lidl 3 miles away wouldn’t be an option. Ocado’s vegan range is pretty good,
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Re: Good recycleable jars

Postby StokeySue » December 8th, 2019, 5:55 pm

I found in WikiHow or somewhere that if the glue is not water soluble the label will usually come off if you fill the jar with really hot water (keeping the label dry) then the glue softens and the label usually comes off quite easily. If it needs scraping use an old plastic card

The last bits come off with Sticky Stuff remover, which I discovered recently also removes the sticky deposits from the cooker hood. :tu:
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Re: Good recycleable jars

Postby aero280 » December 8th, 2019, 6:28 pm

This will get your labels off!! It's used for removing tar and badges from cars without damaging the paint. Does pong a bit of petrol if you use a lot!! :)

https://www.halfords.com/motoring/car-c ... over-325ml

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Postby Herbidacious » December 8th, 2019, 7:29 pm

I have had success with the Sticky Stuff Remover that Lakeland sells, but you might need a lot of it. There are several cheaper methods here.

https://www.wikihow.com/Remove-a-Jar-Label

I shall try one next time I need to. My go-to jam is Bonne Maman and the labels float of nicely in the dishwasher, but I don't often need jars anyway...
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Re: Good recycleable jars

Postby Pepper Pig » December 8th, 2019, 7:29 pm

Thanks. I’ll pass that on,
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Postby StokeySue » December 8th, 2019, 9:11 pm

Sticky stuff remover only works on the residual adhesive after you have removed at least the bulk of the paper
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Re: Good recycleable jars

Postby Herbidacious » December 8th, 2019, 9:29 pm

True.
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Re: Good recycleable jars

Postby earthmaiden » December 8th, 2019, 11:15 pm

I find that unless they are the sort that will come off easily with soaking, running them through the dishwasher with labels on (which I tend to) seems to make them adhere even more. We did have this conversation a while back. I really resent the thought of buying something special to remove labels - it defeats the whole object of making things with a free glut of produce! Some of the Sainsburys jam labels are made of clear plastic and won't budge. Maybe they'll be changing that soon.

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Re: Good recycleable jars

Postby Herbidacious » December 9th, 2019, 10:18 am

It may be worth trying the methods on the wiki page above, then?

I actually don't really mind if labels stay on for re-use.

Mind you, I saw someone selling (or trying to sell) used Bonne Maman jars on eBay a while back, so might be worth doing ;)

(Ditto La Fermiere ceramic yoghurt pots...)
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Postby StokeySue » December 9th, 2019, 10:46 am

The problem with Bonne Maman jars is those wide lids, which can't easily be replaced
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Re: Good recycleable jars

Postby Herbidacious » December 9th, 2019, 11:06 am

I am pretty sure le Parfait ones fit. You probably have to buy these from Amazon, Ebay or France though. I suppose it depends on what you are doing with the jars. When you make jam they advise buying new lids
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Postby Seatallan » December 9th, 2019, 12:38 pm

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Re: Good recycleable jars

Postby suffolk » December 9th, 2019, 12:48 pm

Interestingly enough, you can remove the sticky residue, or even the whole label, with peanut butter ... often used by antique dealers to remove Lot Numbers from ceramics bought at auction

"...Peanut butter. If you want to get sticker residue off wood, glass, or plastic, dab peanut butter on the spot and let it sit until the sticker residue softens. Use a clean rag to lift off the peanut butter as well as the residue." https://www.bhg.com/homekeeping/house-c ... 979530492/
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Re: Good recycleable jars

Postby scullion » December 9th, 2019, 6:01 pm

that seems fitting considering the original post.
no good for earthmaiden, though.
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Re: Good recycleable jars

Postby earthmaiden » December 9th, 2019, 9:42 pm

No, I'd eat the peanut butter before it got to the sticky jar :chops: :lol:. Good tip though.
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Re: Good recycleable jars

Postby scullion » December 10th, 2019, 4:51 pm

i have just been in to aldi - who do a similar, 100% peanut, peanut butter, in a glass jar that looks just like the meridian one, for £1.25. i've bought a jar to try (i'll also have a go at peeling the label when i've unpacked all the shopping).
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Re: Good recycleable jars

Postby Herbidacious » January 22nd, 2020, 12:50 pm

I don't want to start another thread so... does one really need to get new lids for Le Parfait-type (Bonne Maman) jars each time one resuses the jars? Looks like I am going to have to re-boil my marmalade this weekend.
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Postby suffolk » January 22nd, 2020, 1:02 pm

I don't ... I give them a good wash and dry with a clean tea towel ... have done so for years ... we're still here :tu: I carry on using them until they're embarrassingly rusty :oops:
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Re: Good recycleable jars

Postby earthmaiden » January 22nd, 2020, 1:18 pm

I don't either, as long as they haven't got holes in the top from when originally opened and are not too battered they should be fine.
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Re: Good recycleable jars

Postby Seatallan » January 22nd, 2020, 1:31 pm

Me neither. Jar lids will go on for ages. I only get shot of them if (as sometimes happens) I've used them for chutney or pickle and the vinegar has started to corrode them.
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Postby Herbidacious » January 22nd, 2020, 2:43 pm

Good. I thought it might be something to do with the seal. It galls me to throw something so apparently serviceable away.
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Re: Good recycleable jars

Postby Lokelani » January 23rd, 2020, 6:04 pm

I've always re-used the lids once from jam, marmalade etc. I don't if the original product had vinegar in. Something to do with the vinegar affecting the thin plastic lining the inside of lids have. I've no idea where I read that though and if it still applies.
I re-use the rubbers from the clip top jars once or twice too if they still look and feel fine. I seem to remember the instructions saying you should only use those once too.
I loathe hard to remove labels, its such a simple joy when one just peels off easily!
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Re: Good recycleable jars

Postby PatsyMFagan » January 23rd, 2020, 6:15 pm

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Postby earthmaiden » January 23rd, 2020, 8:24 pm

Talking of pickles and relishes, I find that reuseable plastic pots with airtight lids (Tupperware sort of thing) work well. Obviously I can't suggest anyone buys new plastic but if you have any already ....
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Re: Good recycleable jars

Postby scullion » January 24th, 2020, 8:59 am

I always use old jars and lids (until they start to corrode).
Lidl's olive jars are one of my favourites - a good size as long as you don't mind a.picture.of olives on the lid.
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Re: Good recycleable jars

Postby StokeySue » January 24th, 2020, 12:56 pm

This thread caused me to look up and find I can get replacement lids for the English Provender Company I use in my spice cupboard, the lids don't last well as the original contents are packed in quite strong vinegar which eats away at them

Replacement lids are surprisingly expensive :o
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Re: Good recycleable jars

Postby suffolk » January 24th, 2020, 6:01 pm

In the past I've found replacement jar lids of various sizes at Hobbycraft.
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Postby scullion » January 24th, 2020, 6:41 pm

I've never bought only lids - they always come with the glass bit and original contents
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Re: Good recycleable jars

Postby Pepper Pig » January 31st, 2020, 4:27 pm

Over Christmas I had to buy a jar of marmalade for the OH as we'd run out - apparently my fault for giving 4 jars of mine away even though I usually give at least a dozen to friends. I happened to be in M&S food at the time of the order (!) and picked on their normal brand. The jar has just come through the dishwasher and is absolutely flawless. Not a trace of sticky!
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Re: Good recycleable jars

Postby StokeySue » January 31st, 2020, 5:51 pm

My cherished and much used jars are M&S marmalade jars, some must be over 10 years old
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