Thursday, September 30, 2010

Where do you keep your foods in jars?

Food In Jars, a canning blog, is one of my regular reads and go-to sources for information. A month ago (was it really almost a month ago?) blogger Marisa put up a post asking readers where they stored their goodies after canning them.

I'm a beginning canner, so there aren't many cans on the shelf yet. The cupboard, like almost everything in our home, has a history.

This gray cabinet resides in our basement along an inside wall. It has glass fronts on the main lower shelving, and solid doors on two smaller sections on top. When we found these in the basement, we presumed they had been part of the original kitchen or dining room, probably lining the walls. The previous homeowners, most likely practical and frugal sorts, had moved them downstairs rather than throw them in a dumpster.

Last summer a young couple knocked at our door. Somewhat sheepishly, the woman told us she had lived here as a child and as long as she was in town, could she see the house again? Of course we invited them in. She described many changes beyond those we'd made, and told us that the gray cabinets had indeed sat in the small dining room, but they had lined up at a 90 degree angle from the wall at the bathroom door, making a sort of short hallway.

Well, now they're in our basement, serving a good purpose. My canning supplies and the resulting jars are sitting behind the glass doors, looking delicious. I expect to fill the shelves a little more each year as I learn new skills and get more adventurous with the canner and food in jars.

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Blogger Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

HOw cool that you kept the shelves and made a cannery!

9/30/2010 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Grandma used to have a canning room like that.

9/30/2010 2:30 PM  
Anonymous Jen on the Edge said...

When we built our house, I intentionally designed a very large walk-in pantry, so I have tons of space for whatever I can.

The pantry is actually full of all sorts of glass jars, as I store food (bulk pasta, beans, nuts, etc., as well as opened packages of food) in glass jars. It makes things a lot easier to find since I can see what's inside the jars.

9/30/2010 4:00 PM  
Blogger Olah Momma! said...

That is so cool:)

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10/01/2010 12:01 AM  
Blogger Royal Ranch said...

Looks good enough to er, eat!

10/02/2010 6:07 AM  
Anonymous Truly Random Commenter said...

We Love Cans, Jars and Everything That Holds Stuff!
And We Have a Lot of It!
Some of that is trying to make it to my blog......

10/07/2010 5:23 AM  

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