This past week we have been eating a lot of easy dinners. No new and exciting recipes to post. I have also started freezing some of our fresh harvested greens.
Since preserving is one of the reasons I started this weekly post, I thought I would talk about getting ready for canning season. Last year I canned at least 220 jars of goodness! Hopefully this year the garden will provide us with a lot more to can!
Most of my jars are kept in the basement. There are stacks every where!
This stack has jelly jars, some pint jars and my really old jars.
This box is under one of the germinating tables. It is supposed to have only pint jars, two high. But I ran out of room where I stack my quarts and asparagus jars. So there are a few of those in this box. This box holds about 60 jars.
This stack is for quarts and asparagus jars.
Another box under the one germinating table. It contains misc. jars that I can use for mustard and sauces.
There are a couple of big bags like this containing rings and used caps.
Inside one cabinet in the basement there are more misc. jars and new caps. As you can see I only have one box of regular and wide mouth caps.
Sitting in the kitchen on top of my seed stash. I have a brand new box of quart jars that my dear sister in-law dropped off for me last week. Thanks Luanne!
I rarely buy new jars, with the exception of jelly jars. Those seem to disappear. I always watch Craig's List for canning jars. A few years ago I purchased boxes of jelly jars on Craig's List for $2 a case! Then I have my one best friend Judy, who deals in antiques. She goes to a lot of auctions and yard sales and finds great deals on pint and quart jars. She usually just gives them to me! Then there are friends, family and neighbors who are always willing to give me jars they have around. All you have to do is give them a jar or two of some canned goodness or fresh veggies from the garden!
Rings and caps are another story. Last year I did a post about the poor quality of the new ones. They are just lousy. The best prices on these last year were at Lowe's. Hopefully they will have good prices again this year! As soon as they arrive in the store, I better start stocking up!
No, I haven't inventoried my jars yet. That will have to wait until the plots are ready and all of the starts are out of the basement and in the garden! I do know that I will need more pints and jelly jars though! I guess I better start nagging Judy to find me more jars!
So, what's been going in or out of your Cupboard lately...anything good??? Do you have enough supplies for canning season???