The First Meatloaf...

Posted by CR on Friday, September 16th, 2011

Dear Blog Reader,

I am a young married person, who rarely finds time to cook. My cupboard somtimes contains the staples for baking needs and seasoning. I always keep things like Ramen Noodles and PB & J supplies handy.

When I do actually try to cook, I try to make things too complicated, in an endless attempt to impress the guests. Sometimes, this concept flops leaving me to call the nearest takeout restaraunt availble.

While talking to a friend about favorite dishes, I came to a realization last weekend. I have never made a meatloaf.

The meatloaf seems to be a food that almost every woman in my family makes. It makes many servings so you can reheat it all week. Meatloaf tastes great left over, and you can put just about anything in it. So with all of these positive things to say about meatloaf, why haven't I baked one?

So let's solve this problem of being meatloafless, shall we?

Step 1: Get a glass loaf dish (Glass bakes evenly, food doesn't tend to stick to it,  and heck - it allows you to take great pictures of your food).

*Image Courtesy of CR
Get your own glass loaf pan on our online store

Step 2: Get a recipe. I sent a tweet to one of our favorite food writers, Cynthia O'Connor O'Hara, The Harried Housewife (she does on-air cooking spots and a column for NBC-WKTV News Channel 2 - Utica, NY).

*Recipe Courtesy of The Harried Housewife
Notes in red from CR

Step 3: Take inventory of the kitchen, then go to the grocery to buy everything because your kitchen cupboard is looking like a desert island.

Step 4: MAKE IT.

*Wash those hands!

*Preheat that oven to 350 degrees farenheit guys and gals! (FYI: Anchor Hocking bakeware can be used in ovens up to 425)

*Image Courtesy of CR
Click for more information on glass bakeware safety

*In a large bowl, combine ground beef, pork, bread crumbs, onion, milk, eggs, salt, pepper, and parsley.

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Get Anchor Hocking glass measuring cups and kitchen storage via our online store

*Mix well. I of course always use glass mixing bowls. Always use a non-metal mixing utensil, or your hands. I went for the hand option, because my mother told me to. I would like to put it on the record that "I regret this 'hand mixing' experience entirely."

*Image Courtesy of CR
I used our
Square Serving Bowl but we also have Round Mixing Bowls on the online store.

*Pat the mixture into your loaf pan. Don't be afraid of smushing it into those corners, glass bakes very evenly.


*Pop that beatiful meatloaf into the oven for 45 minutes (should be preheated to 350 by now).

*Get to making the tangy sauce for the top! Mix your ketchup, mustard and brown sugar together.

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I made the sauce in one of our 7-Cup Round Storage Bowls. This product comes in handy a lot when you have some down time in cooking. Just throw on the lid and even refrigerate or freeze if need be.

*When your 45 minutes are up put a soft pot holder, silicon trivet or towels out on the counter.

*Put the meatloaf dish onto your soft, dry surface.

*Pour the sauce you created onto the top.

*Return the dish to the oven for about 15 more minutes.


*Image Courtesy of CR

Serve up your beautiful meatloaf, it should make about 8 servings. I served myself, my husband and my best friend, then put the rest into little Anchor Hocking glass storage containers for lunches and dinners.

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**Side note: I also whipped up some caramelized carrots to go with it. Delicious combo.

I'm sure you're dying to know what we drank with it too, right? We each had a glass of Relative from Joel Gott vinyards, which we drank out of Stölzle stemware.

*Image Courtesy of CR

The Harried Housewife I putting together a new recipe book! You should keep your eyes peeled for it! She is such a joy to talk to about food, we are just sure you'll love her! This meatloaf recipe will also be in the book!

Keep tabs on The Harried Housewife:
Twitter: @harriedhswife

Want to share a recipe with us? We might just make it!

Categorized under: Bake  Prep  Drink  Organize  Decorate  Candle  Entertain  Glass  Made In The USA  Home  Refrigerator Storage  Sigma Glass 

On Trend: Beyond Plaid

Posted by CR on Friday, January 7th, 2011

At Anchor Hocking, our product development group is constantly studying trends, where they were, where they are and where they'll be next.

We wanted to share a rather fun and energetic trend that has taken over. This trend has many offshoots, but begins with plaid.

Whether looking at shower themes, tee shirt designs, table linens or accessories, we can't help but notice a variety of items that have a lumberjack feel to them. Mixtures of country, outdoor themes, plaid and masculine products have made their way into every crack and crevasee of the design world.

(From Top Left to Right) 1. Upcycled Plaid Coffee Sleeve 2. Plaid Infinity Scarf 3. Lumberjack Plaid Flower Pin 4. Lumberjack screenprint tee 5. Lumberjack & Jill Themed couples wedding shower 6. Plaid Chicken Doorstopper 7. Plaid Personalized Canning Lables 8. Canning Jar Graphic Shower Invites 9. Mini Baked Beans in Hermetic Canning Jars

You can also quickly add some plaid, country and manly flair to your home or kitchen with Anchor.


(From Top Left to Right) 1. Manchester Rocks (Plaid Pattern) 2. Manchester Tea (Plaid Pattern) 3. Rustic Rooster Chalk Board (Plaid Scarf Included) 4. Cracker Jar Set (Vintage Appeal with Threaded Cap) 5. Beer Wagon Mug (20oz Shown) 6. Heremes Jar (Canning Inspired Closure)

Keep tabs on us:
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Categorized under: Trend  Drink  Organize  Decorate  Tips 

Pumpkin Solar Light

Posted by CR on Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Anchorware Everywhere

We're always finding creative uses of our ware on Facebook, blogs and Etsy. This time we've stumbled upon the lovely works created by Treasure Again.

Well the time changed, and now its dark out before you're ready to leave the outdoors! We've found the perfect fall outdoor accessory to light the night for you.

*Images Courtesy of TREASURE AGAIN

A big huge thank you goes out to Treasure Again, for taking the time to chat with us and continuing to find inspiring ways to use our ware.

Wondering how you can use the Pumpkin Jar around your house? Take some tips from the artist of Treasure Again herself, "We have used them for Halloween decorations in the past years, simply by putting items in the Pumpkin Jar, and setting them out for display. Also, for our Halloween parties, we have served jello, or many other foods in it, on the party table. I think I even used the glass pumpkin in a Halloween party spooky display, making it look like there were body part or eyeballs floating in the jar. I have also just added a short string of lights in the jar, to add glow to a display."

A whole line up of these little pumpkins on a buffet table full of fall delights would surely impress at Thanksgiving.

To get yourself a a plain Pumpkin Jar or six, be sure to check out our online store!

Categorized under: Anchorware Everywhere  Organize  Decorate  Spotlight  Holidays  Fall 

Halloween Party Tricks

Posted by CR on Monday, October 4th, 2010

We asked you delivered! We wanted to see how you put your Anchorware to use, and my goodness did we get some great responses! Charlotte of The Paper Cupcake shared with us her beautiful images from her Happy Halloween Printable Collection photoshoot.

Charlotte uses our Heritage Hill Jars to hold bulk candy and treats. She dresses them up with her custom labels and wraps! We're so proud that our jar can be the canvas for such creativity!

*Images Courtesy of The Paper Cupcake

See more of the photoshoot...

Do you want to throw a party like this? Here's how to get the look!

For The Paper Cupcake's creative work check out their Facebook page (which has an online store built right in)  

The Paper Cupcake also has an Etsy store!


Shop Anchor's Online Store!

Want specifics?
Get our Heritage Hill Jar just like Charlotte!

A big huge thank you goes out to The Paper Cupcake, for inspiring us and for supporting American made glassware!

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Categorized under: Decorate  Organize  Tips  D.I.Y.  Entertain  Heritage  Fall 

Put Our Pumpkin To Work!

Posted by CR on Thursday, September 30th, 2010




Do you have fall favorites? Fill us in!    

Categorized under: Decorate  Organize  D.I.Y.  Entertain  Holidays  Fall 

Sweet & Sudsy

Posted by CR on Friday, September 17th, 2010

We received word that milk and cookeez uses our jars to make and sell their beautiful products! We were so pleased that we thought we'd share some pictures of the jars in action!

milk and cookeez sells adorable bath and body treats that are hand made and resemble delightful treats.

They use only Essential oils, natural oils, and Phthalate free cosmetic fragrances.   They also do their best to be green, using recycled packaging and non-disposable products for manufacturing.

They just recently celebrated their 2nd birthday! Congrats to such a sweet company!

Tammy "The Head Cookee" told me all about how she uses Anchorware!

"I use The Heritage Jars to hold my Bath and Body Products.
  I also use them in my retail store display to hold my Soapopz.
 I also love how when a customer removes the jar lid, the fragrance of the soap envelops them (It’s a great marketing tool).
" - Tammy

I use them in my workspace (Heritage and the Apothecary jars) to hold my ingredients and supplies. - Tammy

Get in touch with milk and cookeez



Inspired by milk and cookeez look? Get the tools of the trade with Anchor.



Contact Anchor Hocking's Webteam with your clever uses!    

Categorized under: Anchorware Everywhere  Organize  Made In The USA  Heritage 

Store Your Stuff

Posted by CR on Wednesday, September 15th, 2010





Categorized under: Organize  Heritage  Apothecary Jar  Montana Jar 

FANtastic Ideas

Posted by CR on Tuesday, September 14th, 2010


Become a fan! Follow us on Twitter! Share your ideas! We love your stories!    

Categorized under: Spotlight  Organize  Decorate 

A Touch of Earth

Posted by CR on Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Anchorware Everywhere

A Touch of Earth is a place of calm amidst the bustling North Market. A place where you can pull up a stool, set down your bags and flowers and have a cup of coffee or two. It is neighbor to Pastaria Seconda and Market Blooms. Not only do they sell coffee but teas and candies as well.

Why do we love A Touch of Earth so much? Well everything we had there was delicious, but they also keep all sorts of goodies in our Glass Stackables!  Perfect for them because you can see the contents and they have BPA free seals.

*Photos Courtesy of CR

Enjoy these photos from their quaint shop, and be sure to stop by!

Visit them:
On Foot
59 Spruce St
Columbus, OH 43215

Via Phone
(614) 224-7624

What others say on Yelp

Categorized under: Anchorware Everywhere  Organize  Stackables 

The Candy Store

Posted by NH on Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Anchorware Everywhere

As you may know from the blog my favorite item is Anchor’s Heritage Hill jar, but that has recently changed. After coming across the candy store in San Francisco, my new favorite Anchorware piece is now the Heritage Hill jar filled with candy!

The candy store is San Francisco's premier candy boutique and they have put on quite the display. The candy store has a full wall of Heritage Hill jars filled with delicious treats! In addition to the Heritage jars, they have shelves full of Anchor’s Penny Candy Jars filled to the top with goodies! Not only do they offer a huge selection of jars filled with candy to pick from, but they are also home to a stock pile of the finest chocolates from around the world.

Even though the candy store is located in Russian Hill area of San Francisco, they offer a range of gift boxes for on-line ordering that can be shipped out to curb that sweet tooth craving or as a gift. The candy store also features a blog discussing their, news, events and delicious thoughts.

*All Images Courtesy of the candy store

Check them out:
Via Facebook
Via Website
On foot @ 1507 Vallejo Street San Francisco, CA, 94109

Categorized under: Anchorware Everywhere  Organize  Heritage  Penny Candy 

A Fabulous Little Crumb

Posted by CR on Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Anchorware Everywhere

"We love the classic yet modern style of the Heritage Hill Jars, and they're sturdy enough to withstand the rigors of candy shop life!” says Tess Wilson of Miette.

*Image Courtesy of Miette

I was thrilled when I found Miette. Not only are they talented and charming, but they love Anchorware! Miette is located in San Francisco, California. They create wonderful baked goods made of the freshest organic ingredients. They offer a seasonal selection of cakes and cupcakes, tarts, cookies, confections, cake stands, and other vintage dessert ware.  In case you were wondering, Miette is French for 'little crumb."

*Images Courtesy of Miette

They shared with me, “You wouldn't believe the number of people who walk in everyday and say, ‘Oh my gosh, I wish I had a wall like that in my house!’.”

Well if you’re one of those people you can have the same lovely look. Our Heritage Hill Jars are perfect for shops like Miette, but also perfect to jazz up your home pantry. Weather it be your kitchen, workshop, bathroom or hall closet, there are tons of uses for this jar. The best part is that it matches everything, because it is all glass! 

Find Heritage Hill at one of our select retailers.

Visit Miette in person:

Ferry Building
Ferry Building Marketplace
Shop 10
San Francisco, CA 94111 (map)
Sunday-Friday 10-6
Saturday 8-6

Hayes Valley
449 Octavia Street
San Francisco, CA 94102 (map)
Monday-Sunday 11-7

Visit Miette on the web at


Categorized under: Anchorware Everywhere  Organize  Heritage 

Bakery of a Different Kind

Posted by CR on Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Anchorware Everywhere

One of the great things about the downtown area of Columbus, Ohio, is the diversity in establishments. A common stop of mine is the local Three Dog Bakery.

I love taking my black lab for walks in the Short North area and making a stop at this bakery. Upon going to the store, without her in tow, I took the time to realize that they actually use Anchor Heritage Hill Jars to store treats on the counter!

*Image Courtesy of CR

In this friendly shop you can purchase fantastic treats and toys for your pup or cat. For dogs you can purchase small treats by the pound and carefully crafted canine delicacies that look good enough for humans to eat. Take your dog with you if you please, they appreciate the visitors.

*Images Courtesy of CR

Our Heritage Hill Jars are great for this bakery because they are heavy and will not knock over. They also have a lid to keep treats fresh. Without a seal these jars make it easy to get what you want even with a dog leash in one hand.

*Images Courtesy of CR

Thank you Three Dog Bakery Columbus!

Check out Three Dog online at

Categorized under: Anchorware Everywhere  Organize  Heritage 

Lovely Loot

Posted by CR on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Anchorware Everywhere

Oh Columbus, you make us proud! Your shop owners are so supportive of local business. Again we’ve found our wares in the fanciful shops downtown. This time Loot is the culprit.

*Image Courtesy of CR

Loot is a charming shop in the Short North. Their windows and wares are always intriguing. They supply the public with a mixture of Victorian era housewares, travel inspired garments, paper and accessories, artistically chosen books, prints and lighting.

Upon entering this lovely store the senses are awakened not only by the visual details but the scent of ‘aroma beads’. A variety of sizes of our Heritage Hill Jars hold these scented gems. For $3.75, customers can take home a scoop full of romantic fragrance.

*Images Courtesy of CR

We think this jar is the perfect choice for such a display. The lid keeps dust out and not having a seal makes it easy for shoppers to make their selection. What’s even better is that they’ve utilized the many sizes the jar comes in! They can use smaller jars for fragrances they sell less of, or are low in stock on and vise versa.

*Image Courtesy of CR

Thank you Loot! All the best to you.
Check out Loot’s website –

Categorized under: Anchorware Everywhere  Organize  Heritage 

Photographer after Anchor's Heart

Posted by AK on Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Anchorware Everywhere

On March 8th we posted an article about an image taken by Brian Woodcock. We decided to contact him and see if there were any more images of Anchorware that he would be willing to share. Brian was generous, allowing us to post more of his photography along with a short biography.

We are proud to share Brian Woodcock's excellent work.

*All images courtesy of Brian Woodcock

A little bit about Brian.

From an early age Brian had a calling for photography with a desire to capture the images of his Northern Georgia upbringing.  While the range and type of photography has expanded, he still maintains his southern sensibility.  His photography for a range of clients, which includes advertising, corporate and editorial, preserves the unique style for which he is known.  Whether shooting people, food, objects or landscapes his passion for his work is evident in the results.  When not shooting, this Atlanta-based photographer enjoys personal travel and seeking out emerging artists and designers.

Take a moment to enjoy the rest of Brian Woodcock's work at

Categorized under: Anchorware Everywhere  Organize  Heritage  Montana Jar 

Wrangle Up Your Ribbons

Posted by CR on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Anchorware Everywhere

Creativity is on the rise. So many people are writing blogs about scrapbooking, painting, sewing, crafting, etc…

This crafty blogger, Lisa from Memory Makers, has the right idea to keep her loose ends in check. She makes sure nothing gets wasted by collecting all of her ribbon scraps in one of our Heritage Hill Jars!


The Heritage Hill Jar is a common subject in our blog because so many people find it useful. The best thing about Heritage Hill is that it is all glass so it matches every type of decor.

Lisa said in a blog post, "The large glass jar is another great discovery from Crate and Barrel. The jars come in various sizes and are perfect for those assorted pieces of ribbon that are too small to fit on a spool or ribbon card."

I wrote to Lisa letting her know that I wanted to talk about how she saves her ribbons in our jars. She was so sweet when she wrote back, sharing more pictures with me and telling me all about why she loves the Heritage Hill Jars! She says, “If you're a crafter you already know that crafters love to actually see their supplies.  These jars are a perfect storage solution because they're not only sturdy and roomy but also make for very attractive displays of assorted crafts supplies.” 

*Images Courtesy of Lisa Tutman-Oglesby
“I think they look great lined up together filled with loads of colorful goodies and they certainly help me keep my loose items and supplies better organized for easier access and use.” -
Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

Make sure to check out Lisa's current blog posts. She has fantastic craft ideas and adorable pictures of her process.

Do you use Heritage Hill in an interesting way? Tell us about it on Facebook!


Categorized under: Anchorware Everywhere  Organize  Heritage 

Apothecary Appeal

Posted by CR on Friday, March 26th, 2010

After reading "Solving Bathroom Storage Woes", NR shared with me that she uses Anchorware for bathroom storage too! Her approach is very classic and feminine with our small and large Apothecary Jars.

What's great about using these jars in the bathroom is that they turn cotton balls and hair ties into pretty little displays!

*Images Courtesy of NR

NR says, "I have my daughter's hair ties and my q-tips and cotton balls in Apothocary Jars.  I have nails and screws in our Emma Jars with metal lids (at home). At work, I put pens in the Coincidence Tea, tea bags in a Montana Jar, and flower with rocks in a little Stackable Glass."

After hearing this I barged into her office to take a mini photoshoot of all her Anchorware.

*Images Courtesy of CR


Categorized under: Organize  Tips  Apothecary Jar  Montana Jar 

Stackables in the Pantry

Posted by AK on Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Anchorware Everywhere

We love how clever the mommy bloggers are, so we're always reading up on their latest tips and ideas. Today I stumbled upon one of our stackable glass jars with glass cover in Tiffany's pantry, from Nature Moms Blog.

These stackable jars provide a tight seal to keep food fresh. The best part about glass storage is that it is nonporus, nonleeching, and microwave, dishwasher, oven, and freezer safe.

*Courtesy of

We're keeping our eyes peeled for Anchorware out there. Stayed tuned for more Anchorware Everywhere updates.


Categorized under: Anchorware Everywhere  Organize  Stackables 

Solving Bathroom Storage Woes

Posted by CR on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

*Image Courtesy of CR

Decorating a bathroom presents many challenges. Many deal with lack of space, little to no storage, moisture control of decorative items, organization and personalization.

By juxtaposing personal touches with storage jars you can create a seamless vignette. That’s where Anchor comes in. We have a wide variety of storage solutions for the home. You can buy several of one kind, or collect an array of styles for a more eclectic feel.

If you have limited space:
Find shelves that fit your style and load up on Anchor storage containers. Using a variety of storage containers can create visual depth to any space. Our classic storage jars hold cue-tips and cotton balls perfectly and tall and skinny containers are helpful in narrow spaces.

*Image Courtesy of CR

The square stacking jars allow you to choose from three different sizes while still in the same footprint.The polished metal also matches more modern fixtures.

The Bamboo Hourglass has a more contemporary shape and the lid has a rubber gasket to prevent moisture build up. The lid also works well with a variety of wood accents.

The Heritage Hill jars are all glass and offer a classic general store style.

The Cracker Jar with its threaded metal lid has a more feminine feel.

If you travel a lot:
Miniature hotel soaps and shampoos make an interesting collection in our cracker jars (they also come in handy for guests).

Categorized under: Organize  Decorate  Heritage  Bamboo Hourglass  Cracker Jar 

What's On Your Desk?

Posted by CR on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Working at Anchor usually means your office or cubical is chalk full of Anchorware. Many of us use mugs and glasses for organizing pens and pencils.

*Image Courtesy of CR

Since the café mug comes in three colors I keep one of each on my desk, that way pens, sharpies and graphic markers stay separated.

I use a vintage Anchor divided dish to keep my push pins all in one spot and my paper clips from getting entangled with binder clips.

*Image Courtesy of CR

Other things that keep me inspired adorn my desk, like fabrics from Knoll, a vintage typewriter and this year’s hottest pantone color swatches.

*Image Courtesy of CR

Do you use Anchorware in an interesting way? Let us know on Facebook!

Categorized under: Organize  Decorate  Cafe Mug 

Pets Like Anchor Too

Posted by CR on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010


*Images Courtesy of CR

I have a black lab, Gracie, with a hearty appetite. Her food gets stored in a 2 gallon Heritage Hill Jar. This way no one has to see the gigantic yellow dog food bag in our little kitchen.

Gracie took advantage of the rare moment that her food and treat jars were open and unattended.

If you prefer a jar with a great seal, try our Montana Jar. The Montana Jar comes in a variety of lid styles and color choices. This will not only keep contents fresh, but keep curious puppies out.

Categorized under: Pets  Organize  Heritage 

EmersonMade has Heritage

Posted by AK on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Anchorware Everywhere

I was scrolling through Design*Sponge checking out some of their recent posts and was instantly entranced by the interior photos of Ryan and Emerson's farm, of Emersonmade. I noticed they are big fans of Anchor's Heritage Hill Jars.

Oversized chalk pieces stored in Heritage Hill Jar.
*Image Courtesy of Design*Sponge & EmersonMade

An open pantry full of heritage hill jars storing spices and baking needs.
*Image Courtesy of Design*Sponge & EmersonMade

Heritage Hill Jar stores detergent above wash sink.
*Image Courtesy of Design*Sponge & EmersonMade

You can check out all of their handmade creations for purchase online. (they also have a great blog).

Categorized under: Anchorware Everywhere  Organize  Heritage 

View earlier posts in the archive

  • In November 2009 Anchor Hocking's True Seal was recognized by Good Housekeeping

  • In November 2009 Anchor Hocking's True Seal was recognized by Good Housekeeping

  • Woman's World gives a round of applause to True Seal in their November 2009 Issue.

  • Woman's World gives a round of applause to True Seal in their November 2009 Issue.

  • Homeworld Business creates excitement around Anchor Home Collections new line of Bamboo products in their June 2009 edition.

  • Anchor Hocking's Sigma Beverageware is given an Award of Excellence by HFN in April 2009.

  • Anchor Hocking is acknowledged for expanding beyond glassware by HFN in April 2009.


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