Have you ever gotten frustrated in our kitchen because you didn’t have the right container for a task? Are you trying to avoid BPA and other chemicals that are so prevalent in plastics? I know I have felt both of those things, so was thrilled when I had an opportunity to review some products from Infinity Jars, a company that makes glass jars of literally all shapes and sizes.
Infinity Jars are really special. The jars are made of a purple glass and are sanitized and treated with a dual coating process. Here is their claim. “Infinity Jars can actually slow down the decaying process of organic matter while maintaining the freshness of whatever you put inside. What sets Infinity Jars apart from all other jars is that it blocks out all harmful visible light rays while selectively ALLOWING infrared and UV-A rays.” They are also leak proof and air tight, which keeps oxygen out of the jar or bottle, another source of decomposition. Pretty cool, huh? They report on preserving tomatoes and chives in 2 different experiments. In both the products in the Infinity Jar stayed useful and fresh way beyond the products stored in glass or amber jars. There are many implications of this, for food, herbs, essential oils, olive oil, vanilla, and other tinctures. (source) (They have a great article on their blog about why plastic containers are bad; if you want to know more of the science behind this I recommend you read it.)
I received three jars of my choice, free in exchange for an honest review. I chose the following bottles and jars:
- 5 ml Glass Screw Top Jar
- 1 Liter Round Glass Bottle
- 500 ml Square Glass Bottle with Oil Spout
My teenage son (who worked in a restaurant kitchen for 1.5 years) loves the bottle with the oil spout. He is keeping it filled with olive oil on the counter. It is easy to use (although a bit of a pain to fill). And I love the fact that my oil is not breaking down and going rancid as is very possible with any oils. Dr. Mercola tells us that light, heat, and air will cause olive oil to go rancid quickly. He says most olive oil is good for 2 years from the date of harvest, which means some olive oil you buy is already rancid upon purchase. (source) That may be harder to control, but I like the fact that once I make my purchase I can put my oil into this 1/2 liter jar and know that its freshness from that point will be maintained much more.
I spent some time trying to figure out how to use the 1 liter glass bottle. It is called a water bottle on the website, but I didn’t want to carry it as a water bottle. I finally decided on using it for the homemade vanilla tincture that I brew. It is perfect for that because vanilla is to be kept dark and this bottle is perfect for that. I can leave it out on the counter and there is no problem with light getting in. And I had no problem getting the vanilla beans into the bottle either.
The 3rd bottle is one I have actually not used yet, because it is so small. Although I got it for herb storage it is so tiny I doubt I will use it for that. It would be a good size for lip balm, but this type of container is not really necessary for lip balm. So I am kind of stuck on this one.
I had already owned another Infinity Jar, a 100 ml glass screwtop jar. I actually have had that for about 6 months and not used it yet, but this one is the perfect size for herbs. The coming year I want to harvest herbs to store in this jar, catnip or mint or sage, something like this. I love that herbs preserve well in them, because in my experience herbs tend to sit around and lose color and potency very fast after they are dried. The 1 liter jar would be nice for dried kale, something I make to add to smoothies over the winter. This illustrates one challenge with Infinity Jars; it can be hard to picture the actual size when you are ordering. They do have a great 30 day money back guarantee on all products though, so if you order a jar and it is not the size you thought it was you can return it for a different size that is more what you had in mind. They have reasonable shipping rates as well.
I am not an affiliate of Infinity Jars so I do not benefit from you ordering from this company, but they are a worthwhile company and I recommend their products to you.
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