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labels_2This has become a can’t live without it tool for me,  1/2″ x 1-3/4″ address labels. I use them nearly everyday. These were mistakenly purchased instead of the next larger size (which are really better for addressing). Don’t you feel especially smart when you discover a new use for something that you thought was useless—the ‘why-didn’t-I-think-of-that-before’ moment? A year or so ago I had that Aha! moment, and I gave those tiny labels a new purpose.

Pomegranate Vodka ingredients

Pomegranate Vodka ingredients on the lid of the infusing jar

WHEN DID I MAKE THAT?  When did I open that jar? Caramel sauce? Clarified butter? Preserved lemons? They are incredibly handy; an easy way to list the ingredients for infusions; reminders for day-to-day leftovers, or small batches of just about anything that go straight into the fridge that have not been processed for long term storage; items headed for the freezer…

Tomato water destined for the freezer

Tomato water destined for the freezer (for a taste-of-summer cocktail in the depths of winter)

I keep a supply of them in a kitchen drawer with a pen so they are always at hand, ready to use.