If you are just starting into the world of canning or have been canning goods for a while, you will have to organize all your jars and equipment. If you are newer to canning, it will feel like every canning season you have to organize and re-organize everything…..and that is because you do as your jars and equipment expand. Here are ways to create a storage system for your canned goods in order to keep everything manageable and expandable.
I am a big fan of the IKEA Ivar System shelving because it is modular and I can keep adding or taking away shelves as needed. The 11″ deep shelves are perfect for fitting 4 pint jars deep or 3 quart jars deep. The Ivar shelving units can all be bought individually; the uprights on either side of the shelf and then the shelves. If you have a corner, like I do, there are also corner units than easily add on to the traditional shelving units. I use the larger corner shelves to store the larger items like: the pressure canner, water bath stock pot, fermentation crock, etc.
Dewey Decimal System
Okay, so the Dewey Decimal System doesn’t work for canned goods. However, you should create a storage system for your canned goods based on the type of … READ MORE...
A Canning inventory is very helpful in keeping track of all your canning jars, it details what type of canned goodie you have and how many are available. Creating your own canning inventory is very quick and simple.
If you are like me, I keep all my canned goods down stairs in the unfinished basement since it is darker and cooler than upstairs. Upstairs in my kitchen pantry is where I post my inventory checklist. Having a canning inventory list is a great visual of what you have available and could give you inspiration for that night’s dinner!
Creating a Canning Inventory Sheet
Open a word document, and write the name of each different type of canned good on a separate line. Then, to the right of the item, add a checkbox for every jar of that kind you have. As you use a jar, just cross off a box.
There is no need to notate the years of the jars, just the quantity. You should have a system established so that you use the oldest jar first to keep everything in rotation; if you don’t have a system, check out my post: Create a Storage System for your Canned Goods
Updating the Canning Inventory Sheet
Your inventory sheet should be updated at the end of October or early … READ MORE...