For me, most Mother's Day has been about giving my mom a present, and as a mom for the last few years, receiving something cute, pretty or useful from my son. There's lots of gratitude and happiness involved, but it's mostly a fleeting day, forgotten long before the chocolates have all been eaten and the bouquet of flowers have browned.
This month, Ball® Home Preserving inspired me to "create memories" using their beautiful glass products, and I did something that brought up so many good memories for me (read on for how you can win your own jars).
Since I'm not that crafty, nor am I likely to be preserving jams or pickles any time soon (though the Ball® jar range is suited to this, though), I decided to make Mother's Day gifts, using the jars as my gift vessel. I made fudge, the recipe for which was passed on to me by my granny. If you had to ask my famlly what we enjoyed most over the years, it would be my gran's fudge. I've never tasted anything close to it, and while I've tried to replicate it, it has never quite turned out the same.
Making these gifts for my mom and new mom-in-law made this Mother's Day gift preparation more special than most, and I hope to not only create more memories this way, but to further be inspired by them.
I've also enjoyed the practicalities of using the jars – for storing some of my home and stationery essentials. So if you're looking to do something awesome and unexpected, use glass like Ball® jars. Fill them with bath salts, cookies or candy, tie with a ribbon and you have a lovely teacher or hostess gift. Practically, you can also use to store those things that always go missing or that you can never find – scissors, safety pins, hair elastics or a sewing kit.
Good to know
The Ball® jars can be found at selected Pick n Pay, Spar, Makro and Farm City stores, or online at Yuppiechef and Takealot.
A reminder of the benefits of glass
* It's healthy
Made from natural substances, glass packaging is completely odourless and impermeable, ensuring that food and beverages remain as intended. Since its non-porous, glass baby food containers won’t absorb baby food odours or smells of previous food, or get stains.With glass, you reduce your baby’s exposure to BPA, phthalates and other toxic chemicals.
*It has a better flavour
Ever notice how things taste better from glass (I still remember the best milk ever tasted being delivered in glass milk bottles)? Ever think that the soup from your plastic container tastes a bit like last week’s leftover pasta? With glass, food tastes fresher and cleaner, and even though your toddler might not notice, it’s healthier to have purer flavours, and it might enhance their eating experience.
Glass can be reused again and again and washing up is faster and cleaner—you can safely pop glass into your dishwasher and cleanse at high temperatures. With glass, you can also store and serve up toddler food.
*It's beautifully transparent
See your food clearly, and find it easily. Labels stick well and peel off well, as does washi tape for labelling.
Glass might seem more expensive than plastic containers, but think of it like this: glass can be a one-time investment, while other containers needs to be replaced often.
*It's 100% recyclable
Glass is 100% recyclable, making it a sustainable packaging solution.
To enter to win
Simply comment below, and your name will go into the draw to win a quart jar, pint jars in regular mouth and wide mouth, as well as a 4oz. Entries close on Friday 20 May at 9am, after which the winner will be announced on the Rattle and Mum Facebook page and then emailed. This giveaway is open to South African residents only.