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Eat the Gelato, Reuse the Container

I discovered Talenti gelato a few years ago while trying to pick out ice cream at Whole Foods Market. Previously, I bought Stonyfield ice cream, but Whole Foods Market slowly decreased the number of flavors offered for that brand. I then started eating a frozen dessert made from soy milk, for which there were many flavors, but I became concerned after reading that it wasn’t good to consume large amounts of soy, especially if you’re a male.

I spotted Talenti gelato one night at Whole Foods Market and noted that there were a sufficient number of flavors offered and I decided to try it. Talenti gelato is very good and the only thing that would make it better, in my opinion, is if it was organic. Walmart Supercenters and Wegmans in my area also carry Talenti gelato.

Talenti gelato comes in plastic containers labeled #1 (PETE) for recycling purposes. Initially, I just tossed the used gelato container in the recyle bin/toter. Then one day I had a thought; those containers would work great for storage. I had a number of screw packages and loose items sitting on shelving in the basement that sorely needed organized.

Following are the many storage uses I’ve made with Talenti gelato containers. You’re only limited by your imagination.


The more items you have in your refrigerator and freezer, the less it has to work to maintain temperature. I fill Talenti gelato containers almost full with water and place them in the refrigerator and freezer to fill empty space.

Sausage links stored in the freezer.

Hair elastics (with metal bands); the ouchless hair elastics break too easily. I used these in the past for cord management, but Nite Ize gear ties are much better. Hair elastics can still be a better option if space conservation is desired.

Hard candy storage

Cough drop storage

Nite Ize 6-inch gear ties; I use these for cord management.

Replacement cane tips for my walking sticks

Perfect for holding the contents of a 13-ounce box of Pocono Organic Cream of Buckwheat

Perfect for a small box of 365/Whole Foods brand organic corn starch

Plastic plugs, used to plug carpenter bee holes.

Hose quick connect adaptors

Automotive tire valve stem protectors

Cable Cuffs for cord management

Snappy Grip ergonomic bucket handles; I love these things. They make carrying a 5-gallon bucket much easier on the hands.

Various packaged screws in a quart size Talenti gelato container

     

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Updated on 2018-11-28

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