This is the state of the floor in my kitchen. It was time to clean out the pantry. After a heavy canning season I still have pumpkins to go in jars, and frozen tomatoes to be processed and chickens to be butchered before it gets too cold. And no more shelf room for jars. So everything came out of the pantry and O Wise One added shelves. The existing shelves were wiped down. The baseboards were treated for spiders and ants. So I am again in business. For now...
It seems that canning is a year round exercise for me. There are still pecans to be cracked and shelled out. O Wise One and I crack them and put them on cookie sheets and sit at the table and shell them as we watch tv at night.
I will also hit some of the sales at this time of year when they put baking supplies on sale. With food prices going up we cut coupons and hit sales as much as possible. Flour is on sale right now and I will buy some extra to put in the freezer.
It takes a lot of room to store all the large bowls and pots, hot water canners and pressure cookers, dehydrators, grinders, meat saws and racks that we use during the year to can and preserve food. This shelving system was expensive but we love that we can continuously add to it as we need more shelves. They collect very little dust because they are open and we can hang peppers and other stuff on the front of them to dry.
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter