I love glass jars. I recently found a box of old glass mason jars in my cellar. A couple of the jars were 33 year old Maxwell House Bicentenial 1776 collector’s jars. Many others were your basic Ball and Kerr canning jars.
Jars make great storage containers for the pantry. The smaller jars can hold bulk spices and herbs. The larger jars can hold basic pantry staples like sugar, salt, flour, beans and oats.
I prefer to use gallon glass and 1/2 gallon glass jars for milk. It seems to keep the milk longer (in the refrigerator, not the pantry of course) and keeps the fresh taste. I am sure it is probably healthier too. Restaurants use to be a good place to find these glass jars, however, every restaurant I checked recently only had plastic gallon jugs.
Costco and Sams carry pickles and sometimes olives in the glass gallon jars. I purchased a few of them a while back when I was desperate for milk jars. I gave the pickles to the pig.
I found a couple of pickle jars at a yard sale. I have also found them at thrift shops. I found some quart glass jars and pint glass jars at the dollar store which have been quite durable. Target also has some great glass containers and many times you can find a deal after season when they clearance them out.
I soak the jars in some hot soapy water to remove the paper label and wash in the dishwasher.
Adding jars filled with a variety of pantry basics like salt, sugar, flour, grits or grain make it interesting, attractive and functional, not to mention simple and inexpensive.