All the squeezy bottle convenience with none of the squeezy jelly taste (or cost!)

Ivy says:

I love the convenience of the squeezy jelly bottles, I really, really do. No more having to get 2 knives out because I am completely skeeved at the thought of putting a used knife into the jelly container after the peanut butter, even if I wash it off. I’m strange, I know. But I really do like the convenience of the squeezy bottles.

I don’t, however, like the taste or the price of the squeezy bottle jelly. I’m spoiled- my mom makes the best grape jelly ever. What’s a frugal girl who loves squeezy jelly bottles but her mom’s homemade jelly to do?

Easy. I wash out the squeezy bottles with a bottle brush and refill them with mom’s good jelly. Now, I’ve been using a funnel and a chopstick to push it all in there, but Heather and I were talking about this and we’ve determined that it is probably possible to heat the jelly to make it liquid, then refrigerate to make it re-gel. I’ve only tried this with a small amount of jelly and it seems to work. But it’s not fully tested, so don’t take that as gospel. Once I run out of jelly and have to refill, I’ll try that method and we’ll revisit this post.

But I’m loving the convenience with the cost savings. And hey, recycling!


  1. MILLY on December 11, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    i reuse my squeezy bottles for putting mayonnaise in, its a lot easier to make a butty with

  2. gennysmom on April 10, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    I understand the concern about plastics, but don’t people use Tupperware? The plastic in those jelly bottles is more like that than the water bottle plastic. And I put slightly warm foods in Tupperware (no top till it cools though – learned that one the hard way!)

  3. JayMonster on April 10, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    I unfortunately agree with Fawn about being concerned about BPAs in the plastic that leach out particularly when you introduce hot liquids.

  4. Bramble on April 10, 2008 at 11:26 am

    This is a great idea, I’m constantly getting on my husband for cross contaminating the jelly and it’s a big no no in our house (ds deathly allergic to peanuts!).

  5. Veggiemomof2 on April 10, 2008 at 10:40 am

    Hmm..My ds always cross contaminates the PB & Jelly & it drives my dd insane. I think I’m going to start buying the squeeze relish bottles for PB & Jelly. (They have wide openings & are only $1 at Walmart)

  6. Connie on April 9, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    I suppose if you didn’t want to re-use a squeezy jelly bottle you could buy one of those ketchup and mustard squeezy bottle sets. Make two kinds of jelly: raspberry for the ketchup bottle and orange marmalade for the mustard bottle? lol well it’s an idea anyway. It would also work for squeezy mayo / Miracle Whip. That way you’re not getting your bread crumbs and other sandwich bits into your mayo jar. Great idea, Ivy.

  7. Peintre on April 9, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    …hmm … Would you like to share that grape jelly recipe perchance?

    (ha ha.. I know that’s not what I’m suposed to get out of this post, but I love jellys and I’m always wishing I had better stuff than the store-bought kind).

  8. minnemom on April 9, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    I’ve been doing this with my homemade grape jelly that didn’t . . . er . . . quite set up as it should have.

    It also eliminates the possibility of cross-contamination for food allergies. (Um, Grandma, has this jar of jelly ever had a peanut-butter knife in it?)

  9. Fawn on April 9, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Technically it’s reusing, not recycling, but that’s even better. 😉

    The only thing is, I’d be more skeeved about reusing a plastic bottle than about using an extra knife. (I’m with you on that part, by the way. I think it can cause the jam/jelly to go spoil much sooner when butter or peanut butter or whatever gets mixed in. I usually use a spoon in the jam jar, though.)

    One of the reasons they tell us not to reuse plastic drink bottles is because they’re only designed for one-time use and the plastic can start to break down an leach into the contents over time. (Also because bacteria builds up over time and gets to unacceptable levels.)

    Hot washing and – yikes! – hot contents accelerate the breakdown of the plastic. I’d rather dirty a spoon than ingest chemicals linked to reproductive issues and cancer. Gimme a good old-fashioned glass jelly jar any day.