A long-time whole-grain baker, Kathryn discovered the thrill and ease of cooking with whole, fresh foods decades ago. Still chopping!
Efficient Storage Helps Our Grocery Budget
When we decided to buy foods in bulk, we soon realized we needed an efficient storage system.
Our hodge-podge of yogurt containers and pasta sauce jars were not cutting it. They did not fit evenly in the pantry and cupboards. Nor could we see what was in those opaque plastic yogurt tubs.
Most importantly, those containers did not seal tightly enough to keep our volatile grains, spices, teas, sugars, and salt fresh and free of moisture.
Thank heavens I discovered reusable glass jars with clamps and rubber rings made by Fido and LeParfait. What a godsend!
When I was a little girl, many of the older women in our rural community still canned their fruits and vegetables in jars similar to these. I wouldn't try canning in them today, but I can attest to their ability to keep food fresh and free of unwanted moisture.
Why I Love My Fidos and LeParfaits Jars
These are the facts.
- They seal freshness and goodness in (it's the rubber ring and the clamp that do the work)
- They have an easy-to-fill, easy-to-dip wide mouth
- You can see instantly what's in the container and whether you need to buy more
- They are dishwasher safe
- They stand up to tougher hand washing better than any other glass storage jars we have tried (Important at our house, because the only dishwashers are us!)
- They do not crack or chip easily
- They are lead-free
- They are BPA-free
- They come in a variety of sizes to meet nearly every food storage need
- They are uniform in shape and size so fit easily into your cupboard and pantry
- They keep homemade yogurt, leftover soups, and other cold foods fresh longer in the refrigerator
If you are buying more and more bulk foods and making your own sauces, condiments and yogurts, buy a few Fido jars and see if they don't help you save your valuable grocery dollars, as well as your time.
Want to see how pretty they look in the cupboard? You'll find plenty of photos showing their uses throughout this page. I'll add even more as I remember to take them (when my shelves are dusted!).
My 6-Month-Old Cookies Were Still Fresh!
Elsewhere, I've told this story of the cookies we had planned to gift to a friend over the holidays, but I can hardly leave it out of this ode to one of my most treasured and versatile kitchen tools.
Early that December, I sorted my homemade goodies carefully into a Fido jar, tied it with a pretty ribbon and affixed the gift tag. Somehow, when I packed the parcel for shipping, I missed the cookies. Worse, in the rush of the season, I must have stuffed them into a little-used corner of the cupboard one day just to get them out of the way.
When I found them in June the following year, I was amazed to see they had not molded or turned to slime. In fact, they looked as if I had just baked them. Gingerly biting into one, I was delighted to discover they tasted no worse than if they had sat out on the kitchen counter (like that would ever happen at our house) for three days. Still delicious and only slightly stale.
That's when I knew just how good my Fido jars are. Even before, though, I was impressed by their ability to keep foods fresh longer than any other type of container I had tried.
Which Jars Should You Use?
I first purchased a starter set like this one. I soon added a wide-mouthed funnel to make it super easy to fill the jars.
The Fidos are thick-walled and made of heavy glass that can take lots of bumps. They are wonderfully handy for dry goods, grains and legumes. The only downside is that they have a neck that makes cleaning out yogurt and other messy or sticky foods problematic.
That's why I like LeParfait jars for liquids and semi-liquids or gooey things like fresh-ground peanut butter and chocolate sauce.
They're not quite as sturdy, but their nearly vertical design makes them a wonderful choice for leftover gravies, homemade yogurt, and other messy foods.
A Wide-Mouth Funnel Is Very Useful
About once a week, I make up a batch of homemade tomato sauce, which serves equally well as a tomato-based soup stock, tomato puree, and plain old, everyday tomato soup.
We can't keep our mitts out of it, even when the weather is warm. We like it that much, especially when we serve it up with homemade whole wheat scones or biscuits.
Pouring the sauce from a hot kettle to one of these tall, slim storage jars is no trouble at all with a wide-mouthed funnel like the ones that come with your canning supplies. I use one like this one, which makes all my bulk food storage transfers a no-mess pleasure.
Have you discovered the versatility of Fido jars? If so, how do you use them? If not, what do you think of them after reading this page? How handy might they be in your kitchen?
© 2014 Kathryn Grace
Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on May 14, 2016:
Oh my goodness, that someone would find those pretty jars unpleasant! I do keep my goods in dark cupboards with the doors closed, as so many natural foods can deteriorate rather quickly when exposed to light. Oxidation or something like that occurs, I believe. Guess I need to do some research on that and clarify my understanding! Thank for stopping by.
barbwit on March 04, 2016:
My London kitchen looks out to the road and I used to have all my beans and dry goods in large glass jars like these along the windowsill which stretches the width of the kitchen. I loved the look of them, but imagine my surprise when my neighbour, angry with me about something else, nearly shouted that "It looks like a shop!" and told me I should take them away. I'm afraid I didn't. She's gone now, and as I'm not there all year round, the jars have gone, but I miss them.
Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on July 05, 2014:
@tazzytamar: They do, don't they? Thank you for weighing in!
Anna from chichester on July 03, 2014:
I love these jars - they keep food so fresh and keep pests away. Plus, I think they look fantastic in any kitchen.
Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on June 30, 2014:
@Sundaycoffee: Aren't they nice? Thanks for stopping by and mentioning it.
Sundaycoffee on June 29, 2014:
I too have recently discovered how pretty glass storage jars look. and how tidy the kitchen appears when they are all lined up on the shelves.
Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on June 11, 2014:
@norma-holt: Thanks so much! I'll have to look up Fowler bottles. I am unfamiliar with them. Thanks for introducing me to something new.
norma-holt on June 06, 2014:
You certainly have a good system with these jars. I used to preserve stuff from my garden in Fowler bottles and have never tries these one for storage, except for a couple that came into the house with nuts in them. Great subject and nicely presented. I love the pantry organiser idea as well/
Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on June 01, 2014:
@Sylvestermouse: Aren't they? Beautiful simplicity.
Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on June 01, 2014:
@LouCannon: You're welcome. I'm all for using antiques and avoiding buying new, but I would definitely encourage you to replace plastic and broken containers with Fido jars. They are so versatile and easy to clean to boot.
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on May 31, 2014:
These are really awesome jars! i have always loved the tight sealing jars myself.
Lou Cannon from British Columbia, Canada on May 30, 2014:
I have been using antique jars that are neatly lined up on my counter... But after reading this lens I may just slowly switch over! Thanks for sharing
Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on April 08, 2014:
@Diana Wenzel: Thank you. Always a pleasure to see your cheerful smile on one of my pages.
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on April 08, 2014:
I have long appreciated this style of jar. Wish I had some right now for all of the different beans in my pantry. Easy to see the benefit of using Fido jars. I can understand your enthusiasm for them.
Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on April 01, 2014:
@Merrci: You're welcome, and thank you for being my first visitor/commenter on this brand new page.
Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on March 31, 2014:
What a great review. I haven't used these, but am very tempted now. There are so many different uses I can think of. Thanks for sharing the idea!