Archive for Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Look to your pantry for great, cheap glassware

August 19, 2009

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Repurposed jars are perfect for serving just the right beverage.

Repurposed jars are perfect for serving just the right beverage.

Wine snobs love to obsess over glassware, a pretentious habit that has bred an industry of designer glasses intended to enhance the drinking of one grape varietal or another.

They’re probably right. And if you’re drinking $200 bottles and want to be persnickety about the inward or outward curve of your glass, have at it.

For those who gravitate more toward $10 bottles, that seems like a lot of wasted worry. A decent daily drinking wine can be sloshed into and slurped out of just about any glass container, so why not have some fun and save some cash when stocking up on glassware?

The best way to do this is to check your pantry, which often is jammed with glassware-in-waiting.

Pull off the labels, give them a good washing and you’ve got chic stemless wine glasses. Free.

This doesn’t break a whole lot of new ground. Folks have been serving up all manner of drinks — sometimes with a splash of irony — in canning jars for ages. And throughout Europe the basic tumbler is the de facto wine glass of many homes and restaurants.

But in this tough economy, it’s worth looking at ways to get more out of the things we already buy.

Three tips for making this work for you:

• First, pick a jar and stick with it. Serving wine in a dozen identical repurposed jam jars looks funky, hip and slightly ironic. Serving it in a mismatched hodgepodge of jars just looks messy, cheap and frat house-esque.

• Second, get yourself some Goo Gone or other label remover. Life will be much easier. Just be sure to wash the jars well afterward.

• texture. The international, pickle and jam aisles are great places to start.

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