Cleaning storage jars

So you have grown your own vegetables in your kitchen garden, pickled them and enjoyed consuming the contents from your especially selected kitchen canisters. The only thing left is to protect your investment in the receptacles and ensure yours jars are spotlessly clean ready for next year’s produce.

Cleaning Tools

Now depending on your jar and the produce you have been storing will depend on the tools you require to clean the jar. If it was just a pasta jar I am sure a washing up bowl, some washing up liquid, maybe a bottle cleaning brush and a bit of elbow grease would suffice. Not forgetting the tea towel to dry and buff the jar. Hopefully the neck of the jar is bigger enough the push the tea towel in to enable you to wipe the inside of the canister. If not then the handle of a wooden spoon wrapped round a tea cloth will aid in getting into those hard to reach places. Also don’t overlook the jar lid as these at times can be dirtier than the jar itself.

Below is a list of tools that can help when cleaning storage jars.

Plastic washing up bowl
Hot soapy water
Bottle Brush
Tea Towel
White Vinegar
Dishwasher & dishwasher tablets
Wooden Spoon
Steel wool
Baby Oil / Cooking Oil
Sponge or nylon scratchy pad
Tooth paste and tooth brush

Cleaning Cork Lids

Many people worry about how hygienic cork lids are and to be honest I probably agree as synthetic rubber seals are easier to sanitize and generally last longer. However you can either put your cork lids in a dishwasher and leave to dry or use a potassium metabisulphite solution which can be bought from either a health food shop or home brewing supplier.

Removing sticky labels

Now we all like to label are jars up so we don't have to guess what sort of chutney is in the storage jar. The problem is they can be difficult to remove here are a few suggestions:

  • Hot soapy water
  • Steel wool or nylon scratch pad
  • Baby oil or cooking oil
  • Proprietary solvents

Removing water marks and calcium from glass jars

There are a few options and a lot depends on how hard your water is.

  1. Try hot soapy water and try to dry immediately with a soft cloth or tea towel.
  2. Use tooth paste or a compound of baking soda and water and apply with a tooth brush.
  3. Leave the jars in a white vinegar and water solution then rinse with hot soapy water
  4. Use your dishwasher and either drip dry or buff with a soft cloth.

These are just a few options for cleaning you kitchen canisters but will ensure you will get great use from your storage solution. Don't forget to return you kitchen canister to the cupboard and ensure your cupboard is clean (see video below) so you are all organised for when you need your storage jar next year. You may also find it easier to store all empty jars in one place to save time in future so you are not searching every cupboard for a spare container.

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