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cqueenie



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 11 8:20 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Pilsbury wrote:
Fill the milk bottles with soup and freeze, they fit well into the freezer and you can defrost in the fridge and then pour out a bowl of soup to warm up adn keep the rest in the fridge for later


Genius!

Pilsbury



Joined: 13 Dec 2004
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Location: East london/Essex
PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 11 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cqueenie wrote:
Pilsbury wrote:
Fill the milk bottles with soup and freeze, they fit well into the freezer and you can defrost in the fridge and then pour out a bowl of soup to warm up adn keep the rest in the fridge for later


Genius!


why thank you

Mustang



Joined: 15 Jul 2005
Posts: 768
Location: Sunny Suffolk
PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 11 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Fantastic! Loads of suggestions.

* make and use for elderflower cordial and champagne. I make kumbucha and use some pop bottles for this. But I haven't made elderflower cordial/champagne for a couple of years, so will do this.

* Freeze stuff. I am a dehydrator rather than a freezer-type person, so only a tiny freezer which I use for stuff such as milk. But when I do freeze stuff, I do re-use bottles for this.

* Homebrew. Ah ... well I am just about to put a brew on, so will put some pop bottles aside for that.

* Seedling labels. I live near a horticultural wholesaler and a couple of years ago bought about 2000 plant labels for a few pennies ... so I doubt I would run out of labels soon.

* Pet food scoops. I'll definitely do this one.

* Tie on jam-jar labels. I don't tend to make jam (not got a sweet tooth) but still an interesting idea.

* Wild bird feeders. Another one to try.

* Saving the world by filling and threading them. Uh ...

* Use a milkman. I get raw milk from a local farm. As much as I would like to use milkman, they don't sell raw milk. My mum gets her milk from a milkman though, so does that count? Thread the milk bottle tops onto string and hang out as bird scarers.

Any more?

Cathryn



Joined: 16 Jul 2005
Posts: 19830
Location: Ceredigion
PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 11 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cut the clear ones and use a third as mini cloche on tender seedlings and the two thirds can be half buried next to growing tomato plants, top side down and water into them. It's working well on mine.

The soup container idea is great though!

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 31902
Location: York
PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 11 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Can you not ask the suppliers to fill your own re-useable containers, or is it part of their obligation to supply it in new, clean containers?

perlogalism



Joined: 27 Nov 2009
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Location: Near Welshpool
PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 11 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We cut all our milk "bottles" down to 7cm and cut a finger sized hole in the bottom. These are then used as seedling pots which cost nothing
Even better, we've just sold 300 Strawberry plants and 50 Tomato plants in these.

gil
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 11 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I use a cut-down litre milk carton (the kind with a handle) to carry my whetstones, immersed in water, when scything. I put my belt through the handle and then it's portable, leaving both hands free to work.

12Bore



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 11 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

naomij wrote:

Alternatively, use a milkman! I love milk bottles.

Hmmm, our milkman has just put up the price by 3p/pint and started delivering in plastic containers. One of our reasons for keeping a milkman was the use of glass bottles........and now I can get organic milk from the Co-op (200 yards away) for substantially less than I am paying for standard semi-skimmed.

AnnaD



Joined: 12 Jun 2007
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Location: Edinburgh
PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 11 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We're growing carrots in our milk bottles this year, and hanging them along the fence.

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: York
PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 11 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

12Bore wrote:
naomij wrote:

Alternatively, use a milkman! I love milk bottles.

Hmmm, our milkman has just put up the price by 3p/pint and started delivering in plastic containers. One of our reasons for keeping a milkman was the use of glass bottles........and now I can get organic milk from the Co-op (200 yards away) for substantially less than I am paying for standard semi-skimmed.


Was in the Coop yesterday and very annoyed by their lack of any choice - no non-homogenised nor channel Island and all the organic options were semi-skimmed.

hedgehogpie



Joined: 02 May 2006
Posts: 684
Location: Kent
PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 11 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

AnnaD wrote:
We're growing carrots in our milk bottles this year, and hanging them along the fence.


Also ideal for strawberries. Puts them at comfortable picking height & sets the slugs/snails a bit more of a challenge.

AnnaD



Joined: 12 Jun 2007
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Location: Edinburgh
PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 11 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

hedgehogpie wrote:
AnnaD wrote:
We're growing carrots in our milk bottles this year, and hanging them along the fence.


Also ideal for strawberries. Puts them at comfortable picking height & sets the slugs/snails a bit more of a challenge.


Ooh, I didn't think of that!

12Bore



Joined: 15 Jun 2008
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Location: Paddling in the Mersey
PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 11 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rob R wrote:
12Bore wrote:
naomij wrote:

Alternatively, use a milkman! I love milk bottles.

Hmmm, our milkman has just put up the price by 3p/pint and started delivering in plastic containers. One of our reasons for keeping a milkman was the use of glass bottles........and now I can get organic milk from the Co-op (200 yards away) for substantially less than I am paying for standard semi-skimmed.


Was in the Coop yesterday and very annoyed by their lack of any choice - no non-homogenised nor channel Island and all the organic options were semi-skimmed.

Hang on a sec, you live in Yorkshire, promote local food and low food miles, and complain that you cannot Channel Island milk?

Rob R



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 11 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    


dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 11 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the fizzy bottles are good as well

cut around ,warm and stretch edge of top bit and slip top over base to make a box

snip and pierce to make strainers ,funnels,plant pots etc etc etc

spagetti spoon is a neat one to make


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