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Glass jars and tins
Sat 26-Sep-09
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Living in a very old cottage, we have a walk in larder. Many other creatures manage to walk in too. So we always have a mouse trap set out of the reach of Min Pin noses. 

We also keep most of our stores in jars and large tins as the mice tend to nibble packets with disastrous consequences. The problem is that most storage jars are quite expensive. Does any one have any ideas for getting hold of cheap storage jars?

Sat 26-Sep-09
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Our local charity shops always seem to have some in the china section. Do you know anyone who does catering/is a chef? The HUGE catering size screw top jars that pickles etc come in are good too.

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Sat 26-Sep-09
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Find out if you have a local 'Freecycle' scheme, use any search engine.  There you can post what  you want and people will let you know if they have it.  No charges are made but it might mean that you have to collect the item.

I'll try that again!

Sat 26-Sep-09
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You could ask a local resturant if they have any large jars that they could hold back from the recycling bin for you. A lot of food stuffs come packed in huge jars......coffee cans too. 

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Sat 26-Sep-09
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Sat 26-Sep-09
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I agree with Michelle, ask the local pub to keep their mayonaise buckets.  Something I did learn somewhere, is to keep food 6 inches off the ground (rodents), and never keep anything on a concrete floor ie garage.  Something to do eith it sweating with temperature changes

Sun 27-Sep-09
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Here in Latvia jars and lids are so easy to get hold of from around August to now, every supermarket has them and then the DIY shops have lots of what look like pots you would put paint in which would make good storage. I think it has much more to do with the Latvian way of life which is to preserve as much as possible for over the winter.

Sun 27-Sep-09
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ohhh also Fiona, if you have a friend who goes to France on holiday, they always seem to have lots of jars (le parfait etc), in the supermarket for hugely discounted prices compared to the uk.  get bthe to bring some back for you

Also they sell large jars for the likes of flour, in ikea.

Wed 21-Oct-09
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I hate to disabuse people of the idea that France is cheap, but I am afraid it is no longer cheap, in fact I now order jam jars etc from the uk as it is soooo expensive here!!
Le Parfait jars now cost the equivalent of 2 - 3 pounds EACH§

Wed 21-Oct-09
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Hi Shelley

I bought some years ago in France and they were cheap. But I suppose the weak pound has made everything in France expensive now.

Le Parfait jars are around £3.00 a pop bought from a shop in Newmarket. But they are cheaper bought in bulk from a supplier.

How is your hand?

Wed 21-Oct-09
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Slovenia and Bosnia used to have standard 1kg jars for jams, pickles etc that everyone re-used at home or returned for commercial re-use.  You could buy new lids very cheap in the shops when necessary.

Now with the march of 'progress'  they have an increasing number of non standard jars seeking to establish brand identity and much harder to re-use

For storage we have some wonderful old glass sweetjars we got years ago from sweet shops just for the deposit ( around 50p )  now they mostly use one trip plastic jars

Wed 21-Oct-09
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I think there would be riots here in Latvia if you couldn't get the new lids. They still sell loads of the jars and separate lids.

Wed 21-Oct-09
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Old Douwe Egberts coffee jars make very attractive storage if you know anyone who drinks it (or again ask on freecycle / freegle)

sarah

Thu 22-Oct-09
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hi there

We can buy lids in france too and they are invaluable!

fn :hand much better; seeing the consultant today and hope to be back at work on Monday!

Thu 22-Oct-09
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I'm glad your hand is getting better, you must have been quite limited since you damaged it.

I'll try that again!

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