Re-Using Commercial Bottles Elegantly

Re-Using_Commercial_Spice_Containers_Elegant_SurvivalA red pepper bottle from which the label has easily been soaked-off is pretty enough to leave on the table with your favourite salt-shaker. To me, the ubiquitous bar-code on labels is an awful thing to see, therefore, in spite of this particular spice bottle label being tasteful and attractive, the entire thing had to go.Made_My_Own_Label_for_Re-Used_Olive-Oil_Bottle_M-J_de_MestertonA large, beautiful green glass olive oil bottle is now living a new life as a cider vinegar dispenser, for which I made a label with white paper tape, coloured art-pens, and clear packaging tape (these high-quality olive oil bottles come with stoppers strapped to their necks that one can install for ease-of-use, instead of the original bottle-caps). This is a great way to have your “oil & vinegar” at hand.

©M-J de Mesterton, November 2018


Some Easy-to-Store Kitchen Essentials and Survival Foods

Ingredients for a Well-Stocked Pantry
Elegant Survival Kitchen Essentials

  • Frozen Apple Juice Concentrate or Bottled Apple Juice
  • Cornstarch
  • Unbleached White Flour
  • Rye Flour
  • Yeast
  • Gelatine
  • Almond Extract
  • Vanilla, Imitation or Pure Extract
  • Rum Extract or Flavoring
  • Aluminum-Free Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Hershey’s Cocoa Powder
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Peppercorns
  • Dried Red Chiles
  • Dehydrated Mixed Vegetables
  • Brown Rice
  • White or Basmati Rice
  • Corn Meal or Grits
  • Dried Pasta
  • Alfalfa Seeds
  • Wheat Berries
  • Dried Parsley
  • Dried Chives
  • Dehydrated Onion
  • Dehydrated Garlic or Garlic Powder
  • Soy Sauce
  • Powdered Ginger
  • Toasted Sesame Oil
  • Sesame Tahini Paste, Joyva brand of Brooklyn is best
  • Almond Butter
  • Popcorn, loose: Jolly Time Organic is better than Orville Redenbacher, at one-third the cost
  • Peanut or Corn Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Mustard Powder, Colman’s English
  • Spanish or Hungarian Paprika
  • Capers
  • Green Peppercorns in Brine
  • Rose’s Lime Juice
  • Maggi or another brand of Chicken Bouillon Powder
  • Canned Tomato Paste: store brand
  • Canned Whole Tomatoes: store brand
  • Canned Beets: store brand or generic
  • Canned Small, Peeled Potatoes: store brand or generic
  • Canned Green Chiles, whole or chopped
  • Coconut Milk, Canned
  • Whole Water Chestnuts, Canned
  • Canned Ham
  • Canned Vienna Sausage
  • Canned Beef (usually from Argentina)
  • Canned Pineapple, No Sugar Added
  • Peanut Butter
  • Raw Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • White Sugar
  • Molasses
  • Honey
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • White Vinegar
  • Boxed Red Wine, and a Cube of White Wine, both for Cooking
  • Frozen Peas
  • Dried Split Peas, Green or Yellow
  • Freeze-Dried Coffee
  • Coffee Creamer (not Coffee-Mate, which contains aluminum–check ingredients)
  • Coffee Beans
  • Tea Bags
  • Non-Fat Dry Milk
  • Powdered Buttermilk
  • Powdered Eggs for Emergencies
  • Bottled Lemon Juice
  • Herbes de Provence (a combination of marjoram, thyme, rosemary and savory, available at Costco)

To Be Continued….

Compiled by M-J de Mesterton, 2008