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8 Uses for Yogurt Containers

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8 Uses for Yogurt Containers

By Chaya KurtzNetworx

How much do you spend on plastic food storage containers? And how much do you spend on yogurt? Here’s an epic idea that the crunchy set has been doing forever: save your yogurt containers. You get a reusable container when you purchase yogurt.

The best ones are the quart-size containers that come with tight-fitting lids. Seven Stars Farm and Butterworks Farm make delicious and healthy organic yogurt, and they pack it into nice sturdy plastic containers. If you prefer single-serving cups, those are usually sold without lids but they still have a bevy of household uses. The best part about saving yogurt containers is that they are stackable; they nest. If you always buy the same kind of yogurt, all the better. You’re less likely to get stuck with containers and lids that don’t match, in that case.

An added environmental bonus: Local yogurt producers are popping up all across the country, so your yogurt has the potential to fit into a locavore food plan. If you’re a New Yorker, Chobani and Fage Greek yogurts are both produced in upstate New York. If you live down South, AtlantaFresh Artisan Creamery has a 40-mile footprint from the lovely Atlanta metro landscape. (Vegans: Wildwood and Whole Soy both make unsweetened plain soy yogurt now, so you can get in on the less-sugary soy yogurt action). If you want to get started, wash out your yogurt containers and use them like this:

1. Use yogurt containers as measuring cups: 8 oz = 1 cup of liquid. There are 4 cups of liquid in a quart. If you’re in a jam and don’t have a clean measuring cup to your name, your yogurt containers are there for you.

2. You can use small yogurt containers as popsicle molds: You know those baby-size yogurt containers that appear to be destined for the recycling or garbage bin? Squeeze an extra use out of them by using them as DIY popsicle molds. Of course, 8 oz yogurt containers work fine, but the tiny yogurt containers make for daintier popsicles. By the way, have you considered freezing homemade pudding in popsicle molds? Um, I think you should do it now. (See more Unique Popsicle Ideas here.)

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2:21PM PST on Nov 4, 2014

Great ideas. Thanks!!

8:34PM PDT on Mar 12, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

1:46PM PDT on Aug 22, 2013

If you don't want all of those containers around, why not just make your own yogurt. You buy one yogurt at the store and add milk. Let it sit in the fridge and it too will become yogurt.

5:57AM PST on Mar 9, 2013

I have stopped buying yogurt in the small containers. Doing my bit to save on petroleum, energy, etc. it takes to make new or recycled ones. Also the small ones do not have lids. I buy the quart size and just spoon the desired amount into my own small dishes. Those have lids so I save some of them for sending leftovers home with guests or small storage needs.

I do love the idea of reusing containers instead of tossing them...thanks. I'm also pleased to see that many products are now packaged in small glass jars with measuring marks on the side. Easy to measure and mix in one container, and they have a small (see-through) footprint for storing leftovers in fridge.

12:24PM PST on Feb 16, 2013


2:31PM PST on Feb 15, 2013

We carry them to church dinners to fix carry out meals for seniors. In separate containers, the flavors don't mix. thanks

1:51PM PST on Feb 15, 2013

I use them to start seedlings to be replanted outdoors later.

10:31AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

Loved this post! I re-shared this.
I love yogurt but hate the waste!

10:09AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

my two yr old uses them as drinking cups... hes practicing :)

6:41AM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

Great ideas!

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