Large 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.
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:
- 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.