Infinity Glass Jars {A Review}

So, it’s no secret that I love my essential oils and am rarely anywhere without at least a few. Since I typically dilute my oils for everyday use and use with the kidlings, I tend to collect glass jars and roller bottles. I will put the drops of EO in the glass jar, quantity depending on the use, and then fill it the rest of the way with my carrier oil. This works great for me so I have oil ready to use, already diluted and able to just roll on when and where needed. As I am sitting here typing this, I currently have 4 roller bottles and a spray bottle sitting by my computer screen,  9 roller bottles, 2-15 ml bottles, my new pump bottle and a spray bottle on my bathroom counter and there are 10 roller bottles in small bowl on my counter in the kitchen at all times and since I have a coughing child, there are 3-15 ml bottles and my carrier oil bottle out as well. To say nothing of the stash of oils up in my cabinet plus the ones in my wonderful Sew Grown case in my purse that goes everywhere with me!

The roller bottles offer such ease of use, I highly recommend everyone who uses EO’s to use them. Glass cosmetic bottles such as the pump bottles and spray glass jars are wonderful for insect repellent and hand sanitizer sprays as well. Plus, the small glass cosmetic lotion style bottles come in handy for adding scents to lotions and rubs.

As a busy mom with kids, being able to pre-dilute and prepare my EO’s enables me to use them easily, in diluations I am comfortable with and when I leave them sitting on the counter, it makes it much easier to use as well. 

I often just get my bottles from the local natural food stores or Amazon but when Infinity Jars contacted me about reviewing some of their glass jars I was thrilled to give them a try. Just a quick visit to their website made me realize I could quickly get hooked on their products. Their jars are a beautiful dark glass, a thick glass, a super dark violet color, making them safe from ultra-violet exposure which is such a benefit for your EO’s.

I choose several sizes of glass jars in both glass and steel rollers, a small spray bottle and a glass cosmetic jar with pump to try out. My order came quickly and well packed. Everything arrived in place and not scattered all over the box. I quickly put my new glass jars into use. The pump style jar I had never used before, but had been wanting to try a hair oil/leave in conditioner and thought that would be a good bottle to use. The glass cosmetic jar with pump has been working wonderfully. Pumps easily, doesn’t drip on the counter after use and while my formula mixture is still going through some tweaking, the jar itself is fabulous. The small glass spray bottle I filled with my hand santizer spray mixture and I have it in my purse. I love that this little size fits wonderfully in my Sew Grown case making it easy to pull out and use while the kids and I are out and end up using public bathrooms and spaces. The spray is strong and sure for the little size glass jar, it hasn’t clogged up at all or leaked after spraying. I am eager to see how the spray mechanism holds up over multiple months since they do tend to deteriorate after using for awhile but I am very happy with it so far.

Now, on to the glass jars with rollers, I got them in the 5ml, 10ml and 30 ml sizes. I got one with a glass roller bottle and the other 2 with the steel. Overall, I tend to personally like the steel better but wanted to try them both. As for the rollers, both have performed wonderfully. The 30 ml glass jar I used for my husband’s “Happy Hinges” blend of oils, he goes through this oil rather quickly and I loved the larger size roller jar to make my batches last a bit longer. We did find the roller seemed to release more oil quickly than his smaller and old bottle had, but he adapted quickly to rolling on just what he needed, and its been great. The smaller jars I have with a few oils I use frequently and I have loved them.

Just holding the glass jars in your hand with the typical bottle and you can feel such a difference in the quality it’s amazing. The lids screw on nicely, the ball roll as they are suppose to, no leaks…. I am one happy oiler!

A little bit about the glass jars themselves from the Infinity Jars website:

Infinity Jars can actually slow down the decaying process of organic matter while maintaining the freshness of whatever you put inside. What sets Infinity Jars apart from all other jars is that it blocks out all harmful visible light rays while selectively ALLOWING infrared and UV-A rays.

And this:

Infinity Jars’ special pigmented glass is thicker and more durable than your standard glass; it is smell-proof, blocks harmful UV light and is visually discreet. Furthermore, all of our jar lid systems, the screwtop and glass-on-glass lid, are completely airtight. Your products are totally protected, preserved much like ancient Egyptians- who invented deep violet glass thousands of years ago and preserved precious oils and herbs for centuries in tombs. The integrity of your lotions, essential oils or spices is guaranteed to be protected for over 6 months when you use our products.

I also appreciated the notes included with my order on using the glass jars with rollers the first time. The bottles come so that when you first tighten them down, it seals on firmly. And then when you need to refill, you are able to pop the tops off and put back on again. Plus, as a nice touch, I loved the little cleaning rag included to wipe your exteriors clean before applying the label so it sticks nicely on the jar.

Overall, I am very happy with the Infinity Jars and would definitely order from them again.

I know when I spend good money on quality EO’s I appreciate being able to use just as high a quality glass jar to store them in as I make blends or dilute for everyday use.

Visit Infinity Jar’s store here and I am sure you will be as impressed by their products as I am. You can read more on the science behind their jars and their amazing capabilities here.

Want to try the blends I mentioned above? Both are ones I created and use daily around here. I have included my recipes below!

I was given the above glass jars by Infinity Jars to use and review for this post, however all opinions and thoughts are my own. There may be affiliate links included in this post, when you purchase through on of my links, I get a small commission but your prices always stay the same. I am an independent distributor for Ameo Oils and am happy to share with you more about those anytime!

Dubliner Potatoes {A Recipe}

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This potato dish is another family favorite and while adapted from another recipe, the addition of the Dubliner cheese really sets this side dish apart from others. We enjoy it through out the year with special meals; steak or ham usually as well as it being a holiday tradition. I always buy my Dubliner cheese at Costco since it is much more reasonably priced there than most grocery stores and we like a fair amount of the cheese on top! 

Dubliner Potatoes
Serves 8
A cheesy potato side dish
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 cups potatoes, sliced as directed below (this is usually 4-6 large potatoes, but it varies);
  2. 2 TB butter;
  3. 1-1/2 cups Heavy Cream (you can sub with half and half, if you must, but nothing else 'lighter" will work as well!);
  4. 1/2 cup whole milk;
  5. 2 TB flour (to thicken... arrowroot, etc can be subbed);
  6. 4 cloves garlic, minced;
  7. 1 tsp salt;
  8. pepper, to taste;
  9. 1-3 cups Dubliner Cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees;
  2. Smear softened butter all over bottom of baking dish, I use a 9" square dish, but anything around that size works fine (Pam works too, but the butter works better);
  3. Slice potatoes into rounds and then cut slices into fourths;
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together cream, milk, flour, garlic, salt and pepper;
  5. Place 1/3 of the potatoes in the bottom of the baking dish. Pour 1/3 of the cream mixture over the potatoes. Sprinkle a bit of cheese on;
  6. Repeat this two more times, ending with cream mixture and NO cheese (see below);
  7. Cover with foil and bake till potatoes are soft and bubbling;
  8. Remove foil and add remaining grated cheese to top, return to oven and make until cheese is melted, bubbly and starting to brown slightly;
  9. Let sit about 5 minutes before serving hot.
Notes
  1. I use a good 3 cups of Dubliner cheese - around a cup inside the casserole and another 2 cups when added later to the top..... if you are using less cheese, either omit adding inside the casserole and use all on top of dish or adjust the amounts accordingly to your cheese.
  2. I have baked this at lower temps along side a roast or such, it works, but allow longer bake time.... I have let the potatoes bake upwards of 2 hours on a low temp before they were done and added the cheese just before serving.
  3. If you don't use the heavy cream and whole milk, it just doesn't absorb and cook right.... trust me, I have tried it. More than once. It needs the heavy cream. Really truly.
  4. If you happen to have leftovers, these are excellent warmed up and scrambled into eggs..... like really good. Worth making a full dish just to have leftovers.
Adapted from Tasty Kitchen/ Ree, Pioneer Woman
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Comfort Chicken {A Recipe}

This is one of our favorite casseroles. I actually don’t make many casserole dishes, but this has won a place on our dinner rotation. The recipe evolved from a clipping I found in a “Cooking for Two” magazine I read soon after getting married. Of course, making dinners sized for just the two of us was a challenge for me after growing up in a large family and then coupling that with the fact I had been eating vegetarian for a number of years, I always on the lookout for recipes I could make and would turn out well. I think I first made this recipe for a Valentine’s Day dinner and it was a hit. Over time I have tweaked the recipe to make it more family friendly and here is the result. I have made it several times for company and it is always a hit. The leftovers warm up nicely for lunch the next day but I have never tried freezing this. I usually serve with rice on the side to help soak up the sauce, a green salad and perhaps some homemade bread.

 

Comfort Chicken
Serves 6
A chicken based casserole with bacon, mushrooms and broccoli in a creamy sauce topped with cheese
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2-3 chicken breasts;
  2. 1# bacon;
  3. 8-10 ounces mushrooms, sliced;
  4. 1# broccoli, trimmed to your liking;
  5. 2-3 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  6. Sauce; (for a 9x13 pan, adjust for other sizes accordingly)
  7. 1 cup mayonnaise
  8. 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  9. 1/2 cup honey
  10. 1 tsp garlic powder
  11. 1 tsp onion powder
  12. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook the bacon and set aside {I have made with less than 1# and it works fine, but since bacon is so yummy and the kids love finding servings with bacon, I usually try and do a full pound buy you can certainly do less!};
  2. Cut the chicken into large chunks - perhaps 2-3" size, slightly larger than bite size but this makes it way easier to serve kid portions without having to cut up a chicken breast after the fact;
  3. In the same pan with the bacon drippings, lightly sear the chicken pieces, turning once and then placing the chicken in your pan;
  4. In the same pan, add your sliced mushrooms and lightly sauté and then add to pan with chicken;
  5. Add the chopped broccoli to the pan {I have used both fresh and frozen and they work equally well, though I usually cut down from the size so if using frozen you might need to slightly thaw in that same pan you've been using!};
  6. Add the bacon to the dish {I usually break up into smaller bite size pieces, but anything from large slices to more bacon crumbles works fine};
  7. Mix up the sauce and combine well, add to dish and gently stir to coat all meat and veggies;
  8. Top with mozzarella cheese {I use at least 3 cups, but heavy cheese is preferred around here, you can certainly do 1-2 cups and have a nice dish};
  9. Bake 350 degrees until chicken is cooked through and cheese is bubbly and brown;
Notes
  1. I often serve with rice to help soak up the sauce as well as a green salad and bread.
  2. I have also made this in a large cast iron pan, combining the pan I cook the bacon, etc in with the baking pan, making it a wonderful "one pot wonder", however a 12" pan will just barely serve our family so I use the 9x13 when we are including friends or I want leftovers.
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Shredded Chicken Burritos {A Recipe}

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Shredded Chicken BurritosShredded chicken in the crock-pot is super easy-peasy. A wonderful meal for quick, on the run or hot days.

I usually put a couple chicken breasts in the crock-pot, frozen or thawed, just allow a bit longer if they are frozen 😉 For the sake of reference; I typically use 2-3 breasts, totaling 2-21/2# and, more often than not, start them frozen. The chicken is shred-able in around 8 hours, though with the added salsa it will not dry out if you put it in early and leave all day. If I have chicken thawed or am only doing a smaller amount, I don’t put into crock-pot till noon time and it is done by dinner.

Once they are completely cooked, use a fork and shred the meat. I find that the bit of juices left usually work into the chicken as I shred it but if you would rather you can certainly drain off first.

Once the chicken is shredded you can then you in burritos, tacos, burrito bowls or a chicken salad. It will save in the fridge 5-7 days or you can freeze for later as well.

Burrito 1

I also often make chicken this way for soups and chili as well….. you’ll find a simple shredded chicken is rather versatile 😉

Use the meat for tacos, burrito bowls, enchiladas….. or whatever you think of!

Here’s the recipe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shredded Chicken Burritos
Serves 8
A simple chicken burrito recipe, easily adapted to tacos, enchiladas, burrito bowls or salads as well
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2-4 chicken breast (1-3# approx total)
  2. 1-2 cups salsa
  3. 1-2 cups black beans (or a 14 oz can)
  4. 1/2 cup diced green chilies (or a 4 oz can)
  5. 2-4 TB chili powder, depending on how spicy you like!
  6. 1 TB cumin (less for for mild)
  7. Salt to taste (try it, you might not need any!)
  8. 1 TB garlic powder and onion powder (OR you can add a couple cloves of fresh garlic and a chopped onion to your chicken while it's cooking)
  9. 12 Burrito size tortillas
  10. 2 cups shredded cheese
  11. 1/4 cup olive or coconut oil for frying
  12. Optional toppings: Sour cream, avocado, additional salsa or cheese or green chili sauce
Instructions
  1. Place in crock pot, 2-4 chicken breasts (1 1/2 - 3 # of meat approx)
  2. Pour 1 cup salsa over top, if using fresh garlic and onion - add in as well
  3. Place lid on crockpot and cook on low till chicken shreds easily with a fork.
  4. {The more meat, the longer it will take, frozen will take longer than fresh or thawed, you can also cook on high if needed for those days when you didn't get dinner in as early as you planned! Just for reference sake, I usually do around 2# of chicken frozen, and it shreds easily by 8 hours of cook time, if it's thawed it will shred easily in 5-6 hours.}
  5. Leftover chicken can be saved for another meal!
Once chicken is shredded, add
  1. Black beans and green chilies and mix well.
  2. Add all seasonings and combine.
  3. Spoon chicken mix into tortilla, add a small bit of cheese and wrap burrito.
  4. Place burritos into hot oil and fry on medium heat till outside is crispy.
  5. Repeat for as many burritos as you are making and serve hot with desired toppings.
  6. Leftover burritos can be re-warmed in oven on 300 degrees till warmed through.
Notes
  1. These make a quick and simple lunch or dinner. Or for a more complete dinner meal, serve with rice, green salad or a mexican bean salad on the side.
  2. You can also adapt this to tacos, burrito bowls or enchiladas; just use the shredded chicken and serve as you like!
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