This is *almost* too small of an idea to write about here, but I’ve had enough visitors to my house comment that I figured it was worth sharing. As someone who does a fair bit of canning, I struggled for years to corral my canning rings into boxes and drawers, but inevitably they’d end up spilling out onto the floor or taking up precious real estate in my tiny kitchen. Then I had a sudden stroke of inspiration: I could hang them. Like so many other kitchen tools that dangle from pot racks and get put away/displayed on the walls instead of tucked into nonexistent cabinets, I could string up my canning rings and hang them, leaving them easily available when needed but out of the way and not taking up any extra space when I didn’t.
Here are a couple more “duh” tidbits about this that I wasn’t smart enough to figure out until a couple years in. Use something like wide cotton tape for the string so that you can tie and untie a knot quickly and easily. Add wide mouth rings to one side and regular mouth rings to the other, so both can be accessed without unstringing and restringing a bunch of rings to get what you want.
I made 10 jars of bread and butter pickles the other day. I used pickling cukes from my parents’ garden and mostly following Marisa‘s recipe from her book, Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round except I subbed in honey in place of sugar and tweaked the spices a bit. I haven’t actually tried them yet, but they sure look pretty.
September is usually my busiest month for canning/drying/freezing (although pretty much all of our berries for the year are already frozen), so I’m gearing up for a big effort and trying to make sure that I have my tools and ingredients on hand and accessible. Maybe you have some canning/organizational tips you’d like to share with me? If so, I’d love to hear them in the comments.