Wednesday 29 August 2012

Use It – Or Lose It!

My problem is that I am a bit of a ditherer when it comes to decluttering. Particularly over inherited or gifted bits and pieces to which I have sentimental attachment. Like The Two Tiny Tin Jugs which lurk in the cupboard nestling inside the ramekins-which-don’t-stack.

In the early 1970’s, Woman and Home magazine had a Summer Offer – four little jugs for £1 – they maintained such things were ideal ‘for serving your guests individual portions of cream for their coffee or desserts’ So Mum bought two sets, and gave me one of them. I have no idea where hers went, and I only have two left now. I suspect that they got mislaid back in the 80’s when we used them for the Dolls’ Tea Parties. But this week I found a suitable use [so the jugs remain and won’t be going to a Charity Shop just yet]


We were having Dover Sole for Sunday Lunch, and Delia recommends serving with parsley butter and lemon juice. I made a roll of butter before church and put it in the fridge, then sliced it into rounds just before serving [along with MIL’s little butter knife] I did not want to put a large bottle of juice on the table, and had no fresh lemons, so the 3cm high jug was the ideal serving container.


The fish had a lovely delicate flavour, but it was rather fiddly work eating it, and we were left with a plate of bones. Fishbones like this always put me in mind of Hanna Barbera’s Top Cat!

top cat

Dover Sole is an extremely rare treat – this was a yellow-stickered bargain. I must find another use for these tiny jugs again before Christmas or they will definitely have to go.



  1. I have to say I am very good at de-cluttering BUT if you enjoy using those little jugs, even if it is only once in a blue moon, then don't throw them out :)You may regret it.

  2. would they not be useful for little displays of flowers? or for storing all the those little packets of sauce and sugar that get picked up from restraunts and such?
    x x x

    1. I like the sugar sachet idea!
      Congratulations on your beautiful new baby [how on earth have you found time to read blogs??]

  3. It must have been good since all that is left is a pile of bones! :-)

  4. Eating fish seems awfully hard work!
    Jane x

  5. I'd fill them with little flower bunches.

  6. I'm with Elizabeth :) I have a basket full of little posy bowls & bottles I have collected - some only little sample jam pots - but they are so useful and look great and they're frugal - one stem or two fills the container - lol!


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