Glass Botttles Save and Re-Use

Bottles. These are one of my go to tools. I use these for so many different things. A few of the important ones are to bottle my vanilla Extract and my Hot Sauce. I actually have neighbor;s save there bottles for me. I have now gotten to the point in my preserving career that I do not buy enough of the staples i make myself thus no bottles. Woes Me!

Tools you will use to clean your bottles.

Container to hold bottles while soaking labels off
Goo Gone that now comes in a spray . HALLA!
Old rags
Scouring Pad
Bottle clean or old tooth brush 

The first thing you are going to want to do is get the old label off. Companies these days are putting there's on really good! Bastards. But take you bottle and fill it with water so it can weigh it down and put it into a large bowl. I have a bucket I use for all thing kitchen. They sometimes need overnight to soak.

This one was a stubborn one . I took my steel wool scrubber and cleaned it as much as possible. I know Goo Gone would do the job faster but that stuff is expensive so I use it for the final cleaning.

Once they are scrubbed as well as possible. Lay your bottle down and spray or apply Good Gone. Let it sit for a few minutes then scrub the remainder of the label off.

Pop them in the dishwasher for a last wash.
 It won't hurt!
Once done you will have clean shiny bottles !

  Here are just a few sample of how I re-use my bottles.

Freeze zest

 Freeze Zest
Homemade Mustard

                        Make Mustard

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Extract

Flavored Vinegars

Flavored Vinegar

Disclaimer: This is not an all inclusive recipe for making jam. You should have a basic knowledge and understanding of the canning process before proceeding. Please consult your local Center for Home Preservation for additional information and available classes.  

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