I love my Bonne Maman jam jars. I rinse them out lovingly and save them (the label slips right off if you let the jar sit in a small bowl of warm water for a few minutes). I occasionally get it together to put things in them — granola, rice, nuts, small candies for the kids — and store them in the pantry. And one sits in permanent residence in the fridge, holding one of our favorite ingredients: chipotle chiles in adobo.
Turns our I am far from alone in my love of the French jam jars — there’s even a flickr group called Bonne Maman Love. Pretty, pretty!
Other ways to reuse: as a home for spices or dried beans, a candle-holder, a small vase, juice glasses.
Doesn’t your pantry deserve to look pretty?