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It’s the height of the canning season, with our gardens and farmer’s markets overflowing with beautiful fresh fruits and vegetables. Everyone is canning something right now, preparing for winter. We’ve been canning tomatoes, tomato sauce and roasted tomato soup for the past few weeks.
Now that your jars are full, how do you keep them organized?
Here’s my 3 tips for an Organized Canning Pantry:
- Label your Jars: One of the most important things when you are canning, is clearly labeling your jars. Nothing is worse then playing the guessing game, trying to figure out what’s in the jar.. tomato sauce, tomato juice, tomato soup, etc…And the Sharpie Pens are most essential tool in our house for keeping our canning jars clearly labeled.
The Sharpie Pen comes in a variety of colors, which makes them the perfect pen to organize anything and everything in your life. I just grabbed new Sharpies at Walgreens over the weekend, they were on sale, YIPPEE! And I use in-expensive brown paper labels for my jar lids because I think it’s easier to write on labels than it is to write on jar lids. Have you ever tried balancing your hand on top of a jar WHILE you write? Not much fun.And you’ve gotta admit, these jars look a lot nicer with a label and nice handwriting. Anyone can make these cute dotty letters like I do. Use a Sharpie Pen to write out the words then use a Sharpie fine point permeant marker to do the dots.
Not only do you want label each jar with the name of what you canned, but you also want to make sure to include the date. (Just incase you find a forgotten jar in the back of your pantry, it’s important to know how old it is) We just use the year on our jars, we always make sure to use up the oldest canned goods first.
- Shelving: Canning Jars are HEAVY and you need a sturdy set of shelves to store them on. Our canning pantry isn’t a separate, dedicated closet or cabinet, it’s just a set of shelves tucked in the back of our guest bedroom closet. We line our shelves with scrap pieces of cardboard. Not only do we use the shelving store canned foods, but also jars of dehydrated mushrooms and potatoes.
- Keep the Oldest Jars Up Front: Always keep the oldest dated jars up front so you use them first. Although it’s 2014, we still have some tomato juice from 2012 that needs used up.
What’s your secret tip to keeping YOUR canning pantry Organized?