Taste Test

March 1, 2011

french ceramic yogurt container

The kids are on a two week break from school. And it is soooo cold out there. (It looks like spring, but feels like dead of winter.) Consequently, we’ve been looking for good indoor activities and concluded that this is a perfect time to do some taste-testing. Today, we’re testing out a few products from the dairy aisle and tomorrow we’ll focus on candy.

My favorite part about the dairy products is that many come in pretty little glass or ceramic containers. Of course, my brain immediately starts figuring out what sorts of things I could make or do with mini pots. Tiny flower arrangements for a baby shower. Votive holders. Little containers for mixing paint…

What would you use them for?

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P.S. — I didn’t put anything in the photos for size reference, but these are all individual serving size — each one is only 2 or 3 inches tall.

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1 shilo sanford March 1, 2011 at 9:09 am

i love that they are using glass and ceramic as opposed to plastic! way to go France!

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2 JourneyBeyondSurvival March 1, 2011 at 9:09 am

What adorable pots! Do you get a refund when you take them back? I think it would be hard for them to be cost effective/green enough to recycle.

I love blue pots for flowers. Maybe tiny yellow crocus.

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3 Megan March 1, 2011 at 9:11 am

I recall reading on a food blog – probably Orangette – that in France, baking recipes will cite a yogurt cup as a measurement: 1 yogurt cup milk,’ for example. Fond of that idea.

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4 Megan March 1, 2011 at 9:13 am
5 Heather {WhipperBerry} March 1, 2011 at 9:14 am

I LOVE shopping in Europe!! All of the fun quirky little things that make life so beautiful over there.

kisses
heather

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6 deborah@applesinwonderland March 1, 2011 at 9:16 am

of course they aren’t using the plastic like we are. so many possiblities!!!!! i’ve been collecting small glass jars for a few months for a *special*project. :)

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7 LeeAnn Balbirona March 1, 2011 at 9:22 am

I thought they were meant to be returned and reused? I am pretty sure Bea of Zero Waste Home buys this French yogurt because the containers go back to the store to be cleaned and refilled.

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8 Joana March 1, 2011 at 9:25 am

Hello, I live in Nice (4 years now) and I use the yogurt blue ones with flowers for the BBQ mantel outside!
It’s also very cold in the south!!!

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9 Sharmyn March 1, 2011 at 9:34 am

Oh my! The yaourt pots are my favorite souvenir from France. We use our little clear pots to hold shells, rocks, sea glass,treasures from our travels. We use the taller clear pots for pencil holders . I’m also considering them for my summer pesto. And, my favorite, the little ceramic pots for making our own yogurt at home (channeling our inner Paris). They are also great for individual chocolat pots du creme, or molten cakes mmmm. By the way have you tried the kiwi-apple flavor yet? You really must. I can’t remember the brand but the pots are made by Cermer and mine are a lovely apple green. Have fun!

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10 Georgie March 1, 2011 at 9:35 am

For the glass ones – Years ago for a party I put wire round each one & made a little handle, so that I could put tea-lights in them – I then hung them from trees…it ended up looking like a fairy tale. So beautiful.

For the ceramic ones – I use them all over the house….on my desk filled with rubber-bands, paperclips & drawing pins. In the kitchen I fill them with chocolate mousse for dinner parties.

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11 Katherine in Paris March 1, 2011 at 9:44 am

We’ve used them as votives for garden parties. You just have to be careful with children because they get really hot. I don’t know of any grocery stores (in Paris) that take back the glass containers. They certainly can be recycled in a designated bin, however. They are excellent for art projects!

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12 Jenni March 1, 2011 at 9:44 am

Sorting buttons and cast-off sparkly bits. I would probably set them aside and claim them for some other purpose – like sprouting seeds – but it’s inevitable that I would wake up one morning and find them all commandeered and stuff full of Pea’s collections.

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13 nicole @ deliajude March 1, 2011 at 9:46 am

I hauled several of those containers home when I went to France many years ago…the yogurt there is so yummy…probably not fat free!

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14 annabelvita March 1, 2011 at 9:56 am

My mum is incapable of throwing those things away and it’s something I’ve definitely inherited from her. They’re great for burning anti-mosquito citronella candles outside in the summer, among a million and one other things.
Also, serving frozen peas. (We always used to eat these as children, I know that’s weird)

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15 Anne M. March 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

Those are wonderful. The blue ones would look great in my bathroom!;0) I hope you’re having fun and I’m anxious for pictures of your yard there when spring decides to show up.

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16 Betsy March 1, 2011 at 10:13 am

those pots are adorable! I want to taste test french candy!

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17 Ann March 1, 2011 at 10:22 am

I love that you share what you shop for! I would love to see how the store layout compares to American markets. I would love to see the school stuff section like paper, pencils, envelopes, crayons, pens… Do markets have that or is everything split up into separate markets? I guess I would use those cute glass jars for candles or spices if I could find caps to fit. I like your idea for paints! I can’t wait to see the candy taste test!

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18 Robyn March 1, 2011 at 10:24 am

I am DYING. I am sooooo homesick! I love their dairy products! I have to figure out a way to get our family of 7 over there too! Thank you for sharing everything. I am living vicariously through you right now. One day I WILL get back.

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19 Nike March 1, 2011 at 10:29 am

I use these in the bathroom to have little amounts of q-tips, cotton pads and my daily make-up on hand without having to display their ugly packaging.
I´m German and used to live in Spain for some time, so to me it´s very exciting to read how you adjust to Europe and to be pointed to the little differences.
Thank you for sharing!

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20 Jen@FIRR-Kids! March 1, 2011 at 10:32 am

Most definitely you should put those lavender pots to work as a blog giveaway. I can tell they want to travel to the states, specifically Michigan.

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21 Sherri March 1, 2011 at 10:37 am

Same as Robyn here for me….. Love that you’re sharing … all these little things that my family and I discovered / noticed as ex-pats years ago in Lux, France and Germany. Makes me “homesick” too despite living in the states most of my life :-). Did like it overseas…. will get back there to live too…..

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22 Jan @ Family Bites March 1, 2011 at 10:40 am

We use small glass jars to hold pens, pencils, crayons, markers etc and then we caddy them in a wooden crate. They also make fun vessels to serve parfaits in, and you can even bake individual pies, cobblers and cupcakes in them.

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23 Diane @ kitchen-dreams March 1, 2011 at 10:44 am

how absolutely charming. it would make shopping and eating such fun. happy taste testing.

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24 Robyn March 1, 2011 at 10:45 am

Gabbie, Have you been introduced to yogurt cake yet? You use the petit pot from the yogurt as a measuring cup. It is a fun project for kids and it make a great cake. I learned how to make them when I lived in France. I will send you the recipe when I am at my house and can grab it for you. I think your kids would love making it. You could frost it, but the French eat it plain.

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25 Robin March 1, 2011 at 10:53 am

Hi;
Thanks for satisfying my french fix everyday. I’ve never been to France, but it is on my bucketlist of things to do. I look forward to your posts everyday.

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26 Heather March 1, 2011 at 10:57 am

I use them for packing kids lunches to hold dips for veggies, servings of berries, or (get this) yogurt! I think NotMartha had pics of little pies baked in small jars.

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27 ChantaleP March 1, 2011 at 11:02 am

These are so pretty and re-usable! I love reading everyone’s else’s suggestions for them. I’d love to line up a row of these on my kitchen windowsill with herbs potted in them.

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28 Mom in Mendon March 1, 2011 at 11:04 am

So which yogurt won the Blair Kids Taste Test? How do they compare/contrast with American products?

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29 Mom in Mendon March 1, 2011 at 11:05 am

Of course, the containers are so much fun!

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30 Steph March 1, 2011 at 11:15 am

I think they would be great with all sorts of natural finds (like pebbles and grass and flowers the kids bring in from walks… so cute

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31 Amanda March 1, 2011 at 11:19 am

Those little pots would be great to pour jello in and put in the fridge to set. You would have individual servings ready to go. Just add a dab of whip cream on top before serving, and you will have happy kids and less of a mess to clean up. :-)

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32 Marisa March 1, 2011 at 11:30 am

Save up a few of those gorgeous terra cotta ones and sell them to me. They are fabulous!

Seriously, though, I would line them up on a counter/shelf/desk and use them to hold all sorts of things. Pencils, thumbtacks, buttons, flowers, spare change. . .

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33 Hadley Duncan Howard March 1, 2011 at 11:47 am

Many French recipes call for “jars” of ingredients, instead of specifying a (more familiar to Americans) measurement. This means the cook is meant to use those little glass or ceramic jars as the measuring cup. I’ve a few recipes for French pastries and baked goods (gateau au citron, etc) that mention “jars” — it’s about 1/2 cup. Charming.

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34 bdaiss March 1, 2011 at 11:54 am

How adorable! Love that they aren’t using plastic. Wish some companies over here would get with that.

Give one to each kid and let them fill it with treasures – a mini time capsule!

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35 Sarah March 1, 2011 at 11:57 am

Ooh, that second photo looks like creme caramel. Yum!

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36 Lotte March 1, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Hi Gabrielle,

This is one of those posts where I wonder -again- who takes these gorgeous shots (the calendar one, too!)? Did you take a photography course? What kind of camera equipment do you use?

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37 Ashlea Walter March 1, 2011 at 12:10 pm

ooh, gorgeous. I can almost taste the yogurt. Maybe perfect for egg dyeing soon? Hippity hoppity, Easter’s on its way…! Speaking (err, writing) of Easter, I can’t wait to see the beautiful French Easter candies that you will find!

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38 Catherine March 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Everyone else seems interested in the reusability of the cups…I want to know more about what you’re tasting! :)

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39 Jenn P. March 1, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Oh, I am nearly crying with jealousy! :) I would love some of those to organize little things in my bathroom!

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40 Babs March 1, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Those pots are adorable but the yogurt inside is also divine!

I am organizing my craft room and I could SO use those little pots for many many things!! :)

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41 elz March 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I think I’d keep them all and then try to make a fabulous chandelier when you come back to the States. I’d also use them to store buttons, ribbons, paperclips, stamps, stickers in the craft and office areas.

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42 Tina March 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm

How did you like the cheese in the ceramic container? i found it pretty “unusual” but i do love the yoghurt!
if you add sand and a small candle, the glasses are the perfect candle holder for a warm summer evening! i also collect my rings in it ;)
enjoy france- and if you stay still spring, take youre kids surfing!
greetings from the baltic sea

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43 r8chel March 1, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I expected to hear more about the contents of the cute little containers, but maybe that will be forthcoming. Are these really intended to be disposable/recyclable, or is there a program where you can return them for cash back or something? I like that they don’t have the unsightly ridges for a screw top, but I also find myself wishing that they had lids. Oh well. I don’t even HAVE any of these, so I guess it doesn’t make any difference. :)

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44 Erin March 1, 2011 at 1:17 pm

So which was your fav? I remember my first time in France…I have very fond memories of loving the yogurt, and I too loved that it comes in glass jars.

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45 Kim S. March 1, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I’m sure some of your readers, ahem, would love a giveaway of your extra, unused jars. They’re so pretty!

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46 peggy March 1, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Very true, I always liked the fact that yaourt comes in these beautiful jars. A whole different experience!
{even a plain joghurt turns into a fancy dessert that way}
I have lots of them here at home, the blue ones from the first pic..haha… I got them last year and when we went to visit MIL…and I made everybody crazy to make sure they do not end up in the bin :)
I use them for flowers or very often give them my daughter when she is busy drawing with water colours… to wash her brushes… not so fancy but beautiful :)
the glass ones we used a lot as candle holders, storage in my crafting cupboard… as you can see easily what is inside…
well yes… you get a joghurt and a very handy jar :)

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47 samantha March 1, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I think I would move to France just for those bottles! It’s amazing the difference between countries. Is the yogurt much more expensive to compensate for the container?

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48 Laurin March 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm

We just made mini snow globes for Valentine’s Day and those would have been perfect! There are lots of tutorials around and they are a lot of fun for kids to make.

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49 Melissa March 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Mmmm…that looks SO good. I love french dairy products-it’s so alluring, I have no idea why :)

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50 Angela March 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm

We can’t return from a holiday in France without some packages of yogurt (in glass containers of course). I never saw the ceramic ones before…
Before I read blogs I always bought a copy of MarieClaire Idees when we where in France. They have lots of nice projects and I defenitely saw more than a few with those jars!

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51 Kim March 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm

I, sadly, had to leave some of my glass yogurt containers behind when I was in Paris on vacation in December. I didn’t just a little too much shopping and didn’t have enough room. :-(

I did have room, thankfully, for the little circular ceramic dishes that soft cheeses like Saint Marcellin comes in. They’re great for serving olives in!

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52 Samantha Best March 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Can you ship some of those to Canada? LOL they are just too cute!

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53 Damaris @Kitchen Corners March 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Is that brown stuff dulce de leche? It looks so creamy and good.

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54 Jody March 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm

HOW are you ever going to be able to come back to the states, knowing France has all these wonderful things!? Everything seems so unique and special. Maybe you could consider doing a give-away of a collection of the cool trinkets you find in France and can’t get in the US! It looks like you will have too much to bring home with you by the end of a year ;)

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55 Jeanne March 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm

When I was in France this past summer I loved the glass yogurt containers. Everything looks prettier over there:-)

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56 barkingkel March 1, 2011 at 4:20 pm

if it’s that cold you should do freezing experiements with the kids. have them put different solutions in plastic bottles and put them outside. see how long it takes for things to freeze and make bets on what will and won’t freeze. my daughter likes to put objects in the bottles as well like buttons, beads etc. the winners in each category can pick the next tast test item. stay warm!

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57 beachmom March 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm

i brought home a bunch of those little pots from a vaca in st barths and i use them in a drawer for earrings and other jewelry!!!

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58 Katherine M. March 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Hi Gabby,
Thank you for your email -I’m chuffed that you loved my list and bought the petit pots creme caramel. Seeing your picture just triggered a million taste memories. I can’t wait to hear what you think.

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59 Katherine M. March 1, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Yogurt cake is a Maternelle classic – my daughter made it in her Grande section class.

We’re not big on candy but we love our caramel beurre salee – hubby is from Brittany hence our family obsession with salted butter anything. Salted butter caramel ice cream, macaron, crepes and just plain old fashioned salted butter with giant salt crystals. The seaside towns of Brittany (and I’m sure Normandie) still have old fashioned candy stores that pull and stretch these colourful marvels into lollypops.

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60 Michelle March 1, 2011 at 5:50 pm

I wish my dairy products came in glass bottles, how cool! Perfect for craft projects, could they serve as little mini vases? Or paint canisters for other art projects? Maybe little window planters for herbs.

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61 Lindsey Johnson March 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Someone might have already said this (I didn’t read the previous comments yet), but I’m thinking you could use those darling brown pots for pots de creme. Mmm…when in France!

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62 Alix Houghton March 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm

O.k. Now I am jealous.

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63 Katy R March 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Oh this post makes me SO nostalgic for France!! I only lived there for 6 months but was madly in love with all of the various yogurty confections in glass pots. I used to use the containers both for serving hot chocolate and as votive candle holders on the dinner table.

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64 candice March 1, 2011 at 10:06 pm

When Nicole and I were teaching last summer in Beynac we sent both of our husbands to the grocery store. They loved saying supermarché and going to it too I think they went almost everyday while we were teaching. I think wandering the isles and trying new things was one of our very favorite things. We loved the Haribo candy. The sour strawberry was the best!

Also in similar little pots to the yogurt they had lemon cheese cake and it was the best! Look out for it!

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65 Hannah S March 1, 2011 at 10:54 pm

The ceramic ones are beautiful. I liked that I could recycle the little jars in the big green bins but hated that I didn’t have space to keep them all. I would love to keep them for crafting storage for little beads, buttons, etc. I love the vase idea.
I still dream of eating French yogurt. I prefer it over Greek.

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66 Hannah S March 1, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Oh, and this reminds me. I did use it to store homemade baby food. But have you tried the French baby food? It’s so great! Veal and poisson! You can’t find that in the US and my son loved the taste!

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67 Peggy March 1, 2011 at 11:30 pm

I use the brown and purple as small glasses for the kids and their friends.
They are the perfect size and it doesn’t matter if they someone breaks one;-)

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68 From Belgium March 2, 2011 at 1:47 am

We have them in Belgium too and I use them to grow small flowers (dafodils and such like) in or as small vases. The also make a nice container for spare buttons

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69 Lesley Palmer March 2, 2011 at 5:18 am

Hi Gabrielle,
I was wondering how different serving sizes were in France. Those tiny jars can’t be as big as the containers we have here. I’m guessing 4 oz? I’d love to know what a “typical” meal would be in France. For example, how big is a serving of pasta?
As for a something fun to do– have you tried freezing soap bubbles? I think you can do that outside if you use extra glycerin in the soap! Can’t wait for your next post! :)

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70 gergi rulmanı March 2, 2011 at 6:05 am

When Nicole and I were teaching last summer in Beynac we sent both of our husbands to the grocery store.

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71 Elena March 2, 2011 at 10:51 am

Hola,
yo vivo en una casa en el norte de España y cuando llega el buen tiempo, utilizo los envases de yogur de La Lechera como porta velas, los pongo alrededor de un mini muro y al atardecer los enciendo. Se ven preciosos… y esta Navidad utilicé cuatro como centro de mesa adornados con unas cintas beiges y rojas!!! Sigo vuestro blog desde hace poco y estoy enganchada a vuestra nueva vida en Francia, FELICIDADES y ENHORABUENA por ser tan valientes y GRACIAS por enseñarnos tantos.

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72 Simone March 3, 2011 at 3:14 am

I love those! Whenever we’re in France I eat as much yoghurt as I can so I can take the jars back to use as tea light holders. I have dozens. Last year we used them on my birthday party in the garden. Lighting them all took forever, but the sight of about a hundred tea lights spread out over the garden was lovely!

They are also great for small portions of party food, I’ve used them for serving gazpacho or small individual trifles, they’ve even been used to serve wine at a picnic when we forgot our regular glasses… Great litte things!

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73 Lady Jennie March 3, 2011 at 6:39 am

My friend Amanda sent me over here to see this post (and this blog full of great ideas). We have lots of those little containers. My favorite is the maple walnut yoghurt in the brown ceramic container. I bought the periwinkle blue yoghurts just because I thought the container was pretty. Except for the periwinkle ones, I end up throwing or recycling most out (except one or two that I use to mix salad dressings).

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74 Amber March 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Those containers are so nice. I wish that they would get the hint in the States that reuseable containers like this would be a hit.

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75 heather March 3, 2011 at 3:19 pm

We lived in Germany just over the French border for two years. We would often shop for treats in France and I miss the yummy yogurt in the ceramic jars! I saved them and still use use them for fresh flowers! You’re making my homesick!

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76 aimee March 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I love those tiny jars. I think I would use them to sort buttons, ribbon scraps and tiny findings by color. Lined up in a wooden crate or on a tray would be so inspiring come packaging/crafting time. So fun!!

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77 Alisa March 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm

ah pot de creme! Love it. And we only buy our yaourt in glass or ceramic because they don’t recycle the plastic yaourt containers in France. The are big on recycling but not for the yaourt in plastic containers and the french consume tons of it. We don’t keep them anymore because we have too many already and it’s nice to know they recycle. I’m sure you have found the big round green “verre” recycle bins around your village. My husband uses the glass ones in his painting studio. Doesn’t the yaourt taste so much better here too?

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78 lindsay March 4, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I make my own yogurt so I would just reuse them for yogurt! :) they are so darling. the french sure know how to make the world a pretty place.

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79 Suburban Homestead March 4, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I have 8 little glass jars like the ones in your last picture. I brought them back from Italy where I’d enjoyed yogurt in them every morning. I use them for pot d’creme or other pudding desserts. They are adorable!

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80 Rachel March 16, 2011 at 2:55 am

Hi I recently found your blog and I am kind of obsessed! sorry that sounded scary. but I would LOVE to do what you are doing. ahhhh anyway, I would make small apothecary type jars with mini candlesticks. then you could put buttons, earrings, rings, candy, little boy rock collections etc pretty much anything and then they would be a cute decoration on any shelf or end table etc. thanks for sharing

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81 robyn March 17, 2011 at 10:13 am

Those containers are just delightful! They look like they make the most common food item into something gourmet!

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82 Jenn March 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm

The ceramics one could be used to showcase little succulent plants.
You’d need to drill a drain hole in the bottom, first.

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83 The BabbyMama May 28, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Goodness, those are gorgeous. Sometimes I actually loathe America and all our ugly goods that are everywhere because they are affordable and we all want so many things.

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84 Salome March 25, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Ok so I am new to these little pots, but is there anywhere to purchase them in the US? Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks

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85 lauren bryan knight April 19, 2014 at 7:36 am

this made me laugh, as my cabinet is VOMITING la fermiere yogurt cups right now. i can’t give them away fast enough…. we finally started having to chuck them in our recycle bin, because we love eating them everyday. :)

but seriously, that yogurt is about 23% of why we moved back to Paris for work. ha!

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