Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Cooking from the pantry: C.O.R.N. approach, saving on office supplies
After opening a new box of tea bags this morning, I decanted the bags into a Mason far, sealing it with a blue screw on cap, which hails from a tub of mayonnaise, I believe (peanut butter 18 oz jar lids are also the right size).
Years ago, I bought expensive, Ball canning company, white plastic lids. These work, too! To save on my home office supplies, and to provide a label for these tea bags, I turn to my freebie rubber bands, and just cut down the box, creating a label in the process. No need to use paper, or even scrap paper, nor a marker/pen or Scotch tape. Once done, the rubberband returns to the drawer, the cut down box label is recycled, the jar and cap freshly washed for another use for food storage.
I also have a nice stockpile of regular and decaf plain tea bags. Currently, I am pushing more "Wintery" flavors such as this lemon-ginsing green tea. A 20 count box lasts us a month as I reuse two bags to make a third cup. I usually serve a pot of tea after supper come Winter. The warm temperatures we've had, however, don't call for it. I know that this should change. I have spice tea, orange-spice, chai, peach, apple-cinnamon, chocolate, ginger spice, etc. I also like to offer cold, home brewed iced tea as an inexpensive beverage.