Ultra-violet glass helps preserve high quality oils and vinegars.
Recently the good folks over at Infinity Jars™ asked if I was interested in doing a product review. It was perfect timing as I was planning to make some flavored cooking oils, and needed an appropriate bottle for storage. They kindly shipped a couple of samples and soon I was making Lemon-Bay Olive Oil.
What Are Infinity Jars™?
Infinity Jars™ are premium, imported glass jars that are airtight, light filtering, lightproof, and attractive too. Although you can’t really tell from the above photo, the jars are a dark, beautiful purple color.
There are over 70 different jar styles – I will soon post about an apothecary jar – and they can be used to store food products, oils, ointments, and just about anything else you can think of!
Why Should I Use Infinity Jars?
I love the look of jars filled with beans, pastas, dried fruits, etc., don’t you? They certainly add a decorative touch to the kitchen. But here’s the problem – all that light ruins the beans, the pasta, the dried fruit, etc. Light causes anti-oxidants (vitamins) to break down, so the pasta that has been sitting in a clear glass jar is not nearly as healthy as the pasta that is hidden away in a box. Light also causes foods to lose their taste (same breakdown process) and body creams and butters to go rancid (ditto). It’s the same reason why red wine comes in dark bottles, and why home canned goods should be stored in a dark place.
Which brings us to olive oil. Ever notice how extra-virgin olive oil comes in dark green bottles, but “regular” olive oil comes in light colored bottles? That should be our clue that “regular” olive oil is missing healthy antioxidants.
Infinity Jars™ protects our goods even more than those green bottles. Because the jars don’t let ultra-violet light in, anything stored in them keeps much much longer than you would expect. Longer than anything stored in a green or amber bottle, longer than anything stored in a clear bottle, and certainly longer than anything stored in plastic.
If you are going to purchase or make healthy foodstuffs, why wouldn’t you store them in a healthy manner too?
What Foods Can I Store In An Infinity Glass Bottle?
The particular bottle shown above is perfect for storing delicate oils like olive oil, walnut oil, or grapeseed oil. It would also work well for storing vinegar – especially balsamic vinegar or homemade malt or red wine vinegar.
You could fill it with vinaigrette or kombucha too. And although not a food product, it would be the perfect container for massage oil.
What Do I Get With The Purchase?
My bottle came with both a screw on cap and an oil spout. Plus, it came with a label (you can see it in the corner of the photo) and a cleaning cloth!
I won’t lie, the jars are not inexpensive. BUT, they will save us money over the long term by reducing food waste and keeping our food healthy. It is much easier to follow Hippocrates’ admonition of “Let thy food be thy medicine,” if that food is healthy.
Full disclosure: The Infinity Jars™ company was kind enough to provide me with this fantastic oil bottle free of charge.