Elise is eating solid foods now so I’ve entered the Land of Frozen and Leftover Baby Food. With my brain still set on ‘sleep deprived,’ I put my chalkboard obsession to good use with these recycled, reusable baby food jar lids to help me track it all.
Hooray for re-writable lids and Chalk Ink food-safe non-toxic washable markers! They not only help me remember when I opened or defrosted food like so…
…but also when I made fresh purees like these apricots.
As an aspirational minimalist I feel good about recycling and reusing all those empty baby food jars. I sent a set of chalkboard lids to my friend Liz and baby Kaya, and her boyfriend Jason liked the idea so much he spray painted all the lids in his woodworking studio to keep track of nails and screws and such.
As a bonus to this free DIY craft, I’m passing along a simple, fast method for steaming and pureeing fruits in collaboration with my good friend Heather from YumUniverse – ‘the’ place for plant-based tasty recipes. A raw and vegan food wiz, Heather came over to make baby food with me for Elise.
And if you still have a mountain of jars and lids left, here are more ideas to reuse baby food jars and lids from DIY Guides.
Supplies for re-writable chalkboard baby food jar lids (with links from affiliates):
- Chalkboard Spray Paint (in Black)
- Baby food glass jars and lids – recycle those suckers!
- Chalk Ink food-safe non-toxic washable markers
- Double sided tape
- Cardboard box
Making DIY chalkboard write-on baby food jar lids
Cut or rip one side of the box to make a three-sided spraying booth. Put double stick tape on the bottom box and place lids on top – this will keep them from blowing around while using spray paint.
Carefully spray very fine coats of chalkboard spray paint…
…building up layers as you go. Be sure to avoid spraying the *inside* of the lids.
Write on the lids using Chalk Ink food-safe non-toxic washable markers. Hand wash lids using a damp cloth. Now that I’ve been using the lids for a few months, they do chip a bit over time. But the lids are so quick and easy to spray that you could easily add more coats as needed.
How to make Apricot Baby Food Puree
Making fresh, healthy, yummy apricot baby food puree is a breeze! Here are the supplies. Hop on over to YumUniverse.com for the full recipe tutorial.
Supplies for steamed apricot baby food puree:
- Fresh, ripe organic apricots
- Good knife
- Food steamer
- Stick hand blender
- Ice cube trays (for freezing)
- Empty baby food jars (for fresh – keep in mind that these are not canned so you need to use any fresh baby food within 1-3 days)
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Thursday 25th of July 2013
Ahhh! Where was this when I was babyfood-making years ago!? Such a wonderful idea. Just linked to this from my blog: http://mommyneurotic.blogspot.com/2013/07/preparing-baby-chef-hat.html
Wednesday 7th of September 2011
thanks! I will try that. The goo gone didn't work for me. :(
Thursday 1st of September 2011
have any tips for removing the nasty glue left behind on the baby food jars?
Friday 2nd of September 2011
Sandi, good question. I thought about using Goo Be Gone but was worried about the chemicals, so I soaked it and used a scouring pad in a circular motion and it came off.
Wednesday 6th of April 2011
Love the chalkboard paint for the lids! That's awesome... and they'd be so useful as spice jars and such after your done with baby food! Shared it on my own blog with credit back :)
Thursday 2nd of September 2010
No, I just use them for "tupperware" and storage for dry goods etc....I will let you know how it goes. I tried looking for the chalkboard spraypaint at lowes but wasn't able to find it. :) I will keep looking