Jars are commonly found in homes and have multipurpose functions to store food products. There are many variations of jars which come in different shape, sizes, and material used. Depending on the material of the jar, the users’ perception and usage would differ. Different objects should be stored in jars of different materials respectively to capitalise on the property of the material.
Typically, in most homes, jars are made up of glass, plastic or ceramic. The difference in the material choice provides the user with different aspects of functionality to store items that are best suited for the jars’ material.
- This is the classic material choice for a jar. The unique properties of glass are transparency and resistance to odour. Transparency allows the user to be able to easily identify the contents in the jar by sight.
- This creates convenience for the user in an organisational aspect in terms of sorting and retrieving the items according to relevance in the respective areas of their home. The resistance of odour is another attractive property of glass.
One might have experience odours from previously-stored items in containers made up of plastic. Glass is unique in this aspect with the ability to remain neutral in terms of scent and odour. A cookie jar for home storage or as a gift to others as it is presentable and aesthetically pleasing.
- The properties of ceramics are the sturdiness and strength which makes it durable. Ceramics have many resistances such as low electrical and thermal points which causes it to be great insulating material. Hence, it can withstand extreme temperatures such as heat and coldness.
- The traditional use of ceramic jars can come in the form of food preservation techniques to store and ferment food such as pickled products. Ceramic is a unique material as the food stored in them will not be ruin or spoil due to special properties that it contains. These special preservation properties are the cause of some users to choose it as a preferred choice when it comes to fermentation and food processes.
- A ceramic jar has chemical inertness which is highly beneficial for storing food products. It does not react to most substances that may affect the contents within it. Even though it is uncommon for people to store cookies in a ceramic jar, it is possible to do so.
- Plastic jars are unique in their variations when it comes to storing certain items. Plastic jars can be clear or opaque depending on their purpose. Opaque jars have a distinct ability to block out sunlight as certain items or food products may be photosensitive. This is useful as glass is unable to block out sunlight as plastic would.
- Plastic is a great choice of material as it is slightly malleable as compared to glass or ceramics. It can withstand impacts such as being dropped or thrown around. This is a unique factor that differentiates it from glass and ceramics, which cracks or shatters easily when faced with