5 Easy Pieces — Packaging Homemade Food

5 Easy Pieces — Packaging Homemade Food

When prepping food for a swap, use handmade or upcycled items to portion it out. Photo: Risingshining.com

As part of a series called 5 Easy Pieces, we’ll be gathering our favorite upcycled, re-purposed, vintage, and handmade stuff from around the web for you to buy or make yourself. So stay tuned for quick lists of 5 must-haves and get ready to wish you had thought of that.

Biodegradable Wax Paper Bags

5 Easy Pieces — Packaging Homemade Food

Use earth-friendly wax paper bags to divy up your homemade chocolates. Photo: Etsy.com/shop/leboxboutique

Similar to glassine bags, these handcrafted wax paper bags have a rustic feel. For $3.35, pick up a set of 20 biodegradable bags for your swap. (Editor’s Note: If you’re in Brooklyn, check out our upcoming Food and Kitchen Swap. Tickets are available here.) Visit Etsy.com/shop/leboxboutique.

Canning Jar Labels

5 Easy Pieces — Packaging Homemade Food

Avoid confusion in your pantry with these cute canning labels. Photo: Etsy.com/shop/TwineDecor

If you’re making a big batch of your mother’s famous pasta sauce, get a set of labels to prettify those jars. Made of archival and water-resistant paper, these self-adhesive labels ($16.50) are perfect for a food swap or just to make your pantry look pretty. Visit Etsy.com/shop/TwineDecor to pick up your set.

Vintage Mason Jar

5 Easy Pieces — Packaging Homemade Food

Fill this pint up with some homemade sun tea. Photo: Krrb.com/Rustbelttreasures

This vintage mason jar is ideal for whipping up some sun tea to share with your neighbors. Available for only $10, it can hold a pint of your favorite floral tea. Visit Krrb.com/Rustbelttreasures to grab this adorable jar.

Pie Box Kits

5 Easy Pieces — Packaging Homemade Food

Save us a slice! Photo: Etsy.com/shop/petitmoulin

Don’t use your Tuperware to distribute your homemade Key Lime Pie. Pick up a set ($25) of pie-shaped boxes, complete with wooden forks, lining paper and baker’s twine. Visit Etsy.com/shop/petitmoulin for this fun gift.

Muslin Party Bags

5 Easy Pieces — Packaging Homemade Food

Muslin bags are ideal for transporting homegrown herbs or eggs. Photo: Blueribbongeneralstore.net

Made of heavy unbleached cotton, these eco-friendly favor bags can be personalized with design or text. We think they are nice for swapping your homegrown rosemary or chives. Get your bags ($2 a piece) at Blueribbongeneralstore.net.

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  • http://calicrepes.com/ CaliCrepes

    I use mason jars for everything, I think they look so great. The other things on this list look great too though, I’m going to have to go out and grab some of these. Love the vintage vibes here!

  • http://www.plumber-san-diego.us/ San Diego Plumber

    I often use bottles for storing food because I can easily sterilize them before keeping food.  It is always nice to be safe but as soon as the cover gets rusty, I usually throw them away for use them for other things. Those shaped boxes are quite nice for giveaways and such. Are the personalized message on the bags combined in the price?

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