Monday, January 7, 2013

Why Classico tomato sauces are such a good deal

The 750ml jars of Classico tomato sauces are also canning jars with a standard opening (70 mm).   This means I get a free canning jar with each jar of sauce I buy.   I know a lot of people do not can and this makes no difference to them, but it should because they are not only good for re-using for canning, but they make good storage jars as well.

The 750 ml size of canning jar is not one normally available but I have a more than large enough stock of them because of all the tomato sauce we buy.    It also means that each time I buy the sauce I can reuse the jar and save money on not having to buy more canning jars.

The cost to buy new canning jars is about about $10 to $12 a dozen though this includes a set of lids with rings which is a $4 to $5 value.  The net cost of buying jars is about $0.55 a jar.    So each time I buy Classico tomato sauces I effectively am getting an extra $0.55 value.   It means that the $3.50 typical price for the sauce is really only just under $3 for me because I get the jar.  I not only save money, I save the world some resources.

Most glass jars will end up being recycled but I do not recycle these jars but use them for years to can and store all manner of things.   Re-use is a much better option than recycling because in reality glass is not worth recycling.   The cost to transport and remanufacture the glass makes it a recycled product with a negative value, it in facts uses more energy and resources than to make glass from raw materials.   Glass is well suited for re-use because it can be cleaned so well at home and is moderately durable.

There are no end of products that I buy which if they used lid openings that fit canning jar lids I could re-use.   I am thinking about mustards, relishes, olives and so much more.   The problem is that companies all choose to have products in their own sized jars that can not be re-used.

As an example, we buy various Bick's Relishes in the 375 ml size.   I have re-used as many of these jars as I can to store bits and pieces of hardware and other things, but I have run out of uses for them.  I have to recycle them all now.  If a company were to offer relish in a jar that would fit either the standard or widemouth lids, I would shift my purchases to them.

It is not only for canning that glass jars are good for, but also general storage.  If the jars were a standard 70 mm or 86 mm wide mouth opening I could re-use them for storage such as we do in our pantry which is filled with glass jars from 125 ml to 2 litres in size holding all of our dry goods.  Bernardin sells plastic screw on lids for both the standard and wide mouth sizes, which is much better a fit and cleaner than re-using an old relish jar lid.

I know this is not a big thing but still it is the sort of lack of forethought in our society that means we end up being less thrifty than we should be.    I wish some of the companies out there would pick up on this and point out they have an environmentally sensitive virtue as part of their product.


Anonymous said...

Bernard, thanks for the tip on the plastic lids from Bernardin. I didn't know they had those. I too keep all of my spices etc in canning jars and those would be a better alternative. Have you seen them in any stores in Victoria?

Don Sheldrick

Bernard von Schulmann said...

I can find the plastic lids in a lot of stores in town. I have a lot of luck whenever I go to Home Hardware. Zellers used to have them all the time.

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