This is my pantry room. The color and curtains were there when I moved in, and I haven’t bothered to update anything. The room is a mish-mash of furniture and serves many purposes. Not only is this a pantry, but it also serves as an office, Jon’s drafting room (for landscape designs) and puppy’s bedroom.
Previously, when my parents lived here (I grew up in this house from age 1-14 and then moved back in, on my own at age 19) my dad built canning cabinets, specifically designed to support the weight of the canning jars. I am so grateful to have these cabinets!
I store my empty jars in the cabinet (well some of them anyway. I also have 5 rubbermade containers full of jars!) and then as the jars are filled, they go back in the same spot.
2010 canning results as of 8/9/10 (after gifting some jars):
Yellow Squash Relish, Nectarine butter, Blueberry Jam, Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, Strawberry Pineapple Jam:
Potatoes and Spicy Dilly Beans:
Salsa, Nectarines, Cranberry Peach Jam, Cranberry Peach Jelly (syrup really) White Peaches, Whole Tomatoes:
Since then I have added 5 quarts of Spicy Dilly Beans, 6 pints of Spaghetti Sauce, 4 jars of spicy dill chip pickles, 4 jars of garlic dill spears, 2 jars of sandwich slice dills (one spicy one garlic)… and I think that’s all.
If there is one thing I’ve learned, canning is definitely a labor of love!