Quick Prepper Tip: Canning Supply Storage Solutions

By Lisa Metheny published on in Camping & Survival

Cheaper Than Dirt Quick Prepper TipLarge pots, glass jars, fruit pectin, metal lids and screw rims are all part of the process for canning your own fruits, vegetables and meats. If you have canned for any length of time, you understand how easy it is to have your canning equipment scattered from one end of your kitchen to the other. Once you have consumed the goodness within a glass jar, something really weird often happens. Much like your family’s socks that vanish in the dryer, the metal lids with rims tend to disappear. Glass jars are not as easy to lose, but they are difficult to store.

QPT Canning Supplies

Keeping your canning supplies organized cuts down on stress and saves time.

Canning equipment means money to a home prepper, so taking care of supplies helps keep your costs down—and your kitchen running smoother. Here are a few clever ways to store some of your canning equipment and supplies:

QPT Storage

An old cracker tin makes the perfect canning lid storage container.

  • To store metal lids, try using a tall, slender plastic bread box or a cardboard box, such as a Saltine cracker box.
  • To store metal screw rims, run a bungee cord through the opening and hang them all together until you are ready to use them again. Or use a paper towel dowel to store them.
  • To store glass jars, consider using jar boxes. The cardboard boxes packaging the glass jars rarely last through canning season. Stacking those boxes is risky and not a preferred method. There are a few good plastic jar storage boxes on the market that help keep your jars, empty or full, organized and safe. Some of those jar boxes are designed to make moving and stacking your canned goods a snap.

Do you have any clever storage tips for your canning supplies? If so, share them with us in the comment section.


Lisa Metheny is a published award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, speaker and outdoor skills instructor. Lisa holds several instructor certifications and conducts a number of women-focused outdoor seminars on topics such as archery and hunting throughout the year. She regularly teaches hunters education and archery classes and has become an advocate for promoting traditional outdoor recreation to families across the United States. Lisa is also an avid and accomplished hunter with many big game species to her credit. She is a member of POMA and former Board of Directors member as well as a member of the NRA, RMEF, MDF and DU.

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Comments (4)

  • Teresa


    I was told to store my canned asparagus and peppers upside down. What Is The purpose of this?


  • Hank Alvarez


    We’re fortunate enough to have a nice size pantry in our home to store the jars of tomatoes and chilies my wife cans from our garden. The clear storage tubs are certainly a good idea but I like the five gallon plastic buckets from the home improvement stores. You can get one and a tight fitting lid for about the same price as the clear plastic storage bins and the buckets have a sturdy handle that I think makes them easier to carry. The tight fitting lid is easy to write on with a Sharpie pen to list what’s inside and you can stack them two or three high. If you do that with the storage tubs the lids usually collapse as the bases are slightly smaller than the cantilever lids.


  • Bernice N Larry


    Concerning storage of empty canning jars—–we normally put our rings back on an empty jar , this helps protect the top of the glass jar from chipping when banged against other jars.
    Banana Boxes work best for us to store out jars in when empty. And they stack nicely. We use clear plastic totes (( I think they are 15 qt. size ) that contain all of our canning supplies to. this allows us to see what is in each one, and saves time. We normally have 4 pressure canners going, 2 on the stove and 2 waiting to go on, especially when doing corn and green beans, We really love canning, and always trying new things.




    Quick SURVIVAL tip.Check with your wife BEFORE you take empty bottles or jars for target practice.


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