Top Five Reasons Glass is the Perfect Package for your Fresh Food

September 20, 2017

BOB here! As we enter the fall season, it’s about that time to start wrapping up your garden season. As the colder months move in quickly, some fruits and veggies will be out-of-season and scarce on store shelves. What better way to keep that fresh from the garden taste than preserving your favorite seasonal fruits and vegetables in glass containers? BOB has compiled a list of the top five reasons why glass packaging is the best solution for preserving your garden produce.

1. Garden to Table

Glass packaging is pure and natural, preserving the taste and freshness of food. In fact, according to EcoFocus Worldwide (2017), 90% of consumers favor glass because it preserves the taste or flavor of the food it contains. Glass is the only food and beverage packaging that doesn’t require a plastic or chemical liner, so there’s no interaction between the container and the product inside. When packaging your own foods, the air-tight capabilities of glass are extremely important, as they alleviate microorganisms that normally break down foods quickly. By packaging your fruits and vegetables in glass, your food is safeguarded against moisture, oxygen and odor invasion. In fact, glass is the only widely-used food packaging granted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) status of ‘GRAS’ or Generally Regarded As Safe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Glass is 100% Recyclable

With a history that spans more than 2,000 years, it’s no secret that glass sets the environmental standard for packaging. BOB believes that protecting the environment is just as important as protecting our food. Consumers also agree. According to a recent study conducted by SurveyUSA, 91% of consumers say that recycling is an important part of conserving natural resources. After all, glass is made from 100% natural, sustainable raw materials found in the U.S. – recycled glass, limestone, soda ash and silica sand. And, glass recycling is a closed-loop system, creating no additional waste or by-product. BOB encourages you to recycle your glass containers. If you don’t know where to locate a recycling facility near you, visit Earth911 and use their recycling location search.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. No Surprises

Today’s consumers also care about how food is packaged and preserved. In fact, 85% of consumers say that some packaging can leave undesirable chemicals in their foods and beverages, while another 64% have changed what they buy to reduce their exposure, according to EcoFocus Worldwide (2017). Clearly, glass is the healthy packaging choice. Glass is impermeable and highly inert, meaning it will not rust, corrode or leach into foods or beverages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Your Wallet Will Thank You

Think about it, fresh cut strawberries last one to three days in the fridge, which doesn’t allow time to enjoy the fresh-picked taste. Glass packaging can handle vacuum or high-pressure sealing, protecting foods from spoilage and bacteria. In canning communities, it isn’t uncommon to question how long home canned jars can be stored away for the future. BOB suggests using your home canned goods a year after sealing, due to food deterioration over time. This does not, however, include opening the jar, then resealing it. With out-of-season produce increasing in price, canning your favorites while in-season allows you to enjoy them year-round without breaking the bank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Equipment

Canning is not cut and dry, which is the appeal for most people. A well-known benefit to canning is that you decide what is in all of your recipes – no additives or preservatives – just fresh, high-quality food. Although canning requires cookware items to begin, sites like FreshPreserving.com offer beginner kits for as low as $20. It is important to educate yourself on the specifics of food, such as bacteria or microorganisms, before beginning one of the following canning methods. A Pressure Canner is used for low-acid foods such as vegetables, meats and poultry, which requires more heat to kill off microorganisms. This process takes longer, but is necessary to safely preserve the contents in the jar. For foods with high-acid levels, such as fruits, jams, jellies and salsas, Water Bath Canning is the best method. The acid levels allow you to use this quick alternative as the foods kill off unwanted bacteria. Whether it be from your garden or the local farmers market, canning allows you to save more than just your monthly grocery bill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When it comes to preserving your produce, glass packaging is the optimal choice. Glass is the trusted and proven packaging for health, taste and the environment. BOB would love to help you preserve all of your favorite seasonal produce. You are invited to request a sample today of his beautiful glass bottles and jars that are proudly made in the USA.

Bon appétit!

Five Things to Explore at Natural Products Expo East

August 8, 2017

Baltimore will host this year’s Natural Products Expo East where the world’s largest natural, organic and healthy product industries come together to showcase how they’ve changed food options. With so much to do in a short amount of time, BOB wanted to give you a few highlights about what he plans to check out while at the Expo!

1. Pickled Pink

Pickled Pink Gourmet Products are packed by hand, using the freshest and most unique ingredients. Cucumbers, jalapenos and watermelon are perfectly mixed into a blend of spices to make sophisticated, sweet and sassy treats. Each flavor, Sweet Gourmet Pickles or Gourmet Jalapeno Pickles, is packaged in its own airtight glass jar to preserve the fresh out-of-the-garden taste. This product can be served over a bed of lettuce or paired with your favorite sandwich.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Buchi Kombucha

Buchi Kombucha’s journey began in 2009 when they moved into a retired wine distribution warehouse to create the first commercial kombucha brewery in the southeast. At Buchi, “Conscious Commerce” is one of the building blocks of their business. It means putting people, community and the planet before profit. Growing in popularity over the years, they have gained a tribe of workers who share the same thirst for life, as well as for promoting their business for healthy benefit, not for monetary value. Being one of a few kombucha breweries in the U.S., the Buchi Mama’s have had plenty of time to perfect their recipes. Growing up around farmer’s markets encouraged them to package their products in only 100% recyclable glass, which preserves the true taste of each flavor. This packaging also allows them to remain loyal to their values by eliminating the amount of waste produced by plastic each year. With the ability to spread this movement, Buchi Kombucha travels to tradeshows, such as the Natural Products Expo, to showcase how their products are creating a sustainable, healthy beverage for all ages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Natural Products Business School

Before the expo festivities begin, BOB recommends checking out the Natural Products Business School (NPBS) where you will gain experience from real-world professionals in your field. The NPBS is a full-day learning opportunity to provide entrepreneurs with targeted, in-depth solutions to common business challenges. Kara Goldin, Founder and CEO of hint, Inc., will provide her keynote address while Culture Architect & Brand Strategist Rachel Shayne will serve as moderator for the day. Several seasoned professionals are set to take the stage throughout this session to give attendees a new outlook on the business world. A networking lunch is provided so you can make connections before the show floor even opens! You may register online to join in on this one-of-a-kind educational experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Check out Kona Grill while in Baltimore

Walking around the event is sure to make you hungry. BOB recommends checking out the Kona Grill while you’re in Baltimore. Decked out with a temperature controlled patio, Kona Grill offers an amazing sushi bar, an intimate dining room, and is located next door to the Baltimore Convention Center. Various dishes are offered at Kona Grill including options for gluten free, vegan and vegetarian diets. Cocktails, sake, draft beer, red and white wine, oh my! This menu includes an extensive list of drink options. In addition to the various specials offered, Happy Hour is offered from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday;  9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 10 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Plan your visit today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Free Things to do in Baltimore

After you’ve visited all the exhibits on your list at the Natural Products Expo, take some time to explore Baltimore, “The Monumental City.” With a variety of outdoor monuments, this city allows you to take a step back in time. Babe Ruth, Edgar Allen Poe and Frederick Douglas are of the many historic figures available to explore. A series of murals are also offered around the city to promote artistic ability as well as positivity. To instill a sense of pride, make Baltimore neighborhoods more attractive and provide employment to local artists, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts (BOPA) have commissioned beautiful wall murals that range from colorful stories to somber tragedies in history. With more than 250 murals, it is difficult to miss these works of art that captivate the city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope to see you in Baltimore!

Bon appétit!

Welcome to BOB’s Blog

Thanks for stopping by to check out my blog. I’m BOB from BuyOurBottles.com, and making glass food jars is my passion. After talking with friends in the specialty and handcrafted food world, I learned that it can be difficult for craft food producers to find quality, glass jars and containers in quantities that fit their needs. I want to change that. How, you ask?

Well, with BuyOurBottles.com, you’re dealing with the guy who makes the glass jars. So, if you have any questions, my team and I have the answers. Our jars are sold by the pallet, so you don’t have to order a full truckload. You can pay with your credit card or PayPal™ – just another way I’m making it easier for you.

I’m heading to New York City to the Summer Fancy Food Show on June 25-27 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to spread the news about the launch of food.buyourbottles.com. If you’re going to be there, I’d love to meet you. You can send me an email at food.sales@buyourbottles.com so we can schedule a time to chat.

I’m looking forward to meeting you at the Summer Fancy Food Show!

Bon appétit!
BOB