Home canned food storage is a big puzzle for many people. My canning cupboard is where I keep my jars of home canned food. The cupboard on the bottom is where I keep my canners. This is not my whole supply of home canned food. This cupboard is a convenient place to store the jars of food so when I am cooking, I can just grab a jar quickly. For now, the rest of the jars are upstairs in Rubbermaid containers. I cannot store them in my root cellar or pantry until those rooms are finished. For now, this is what I have to do. About once a month, I have to go upstairs and carry down jars of foods that we have used up. Today I carried down potatoes, carrots and green beans.
The one question I am asked the most is what to do about home canned food storage. I had the question myself and resolved it by using the containers for the jars. Since the food canned in jars is inside the containers, they stay clean and no bugs or pests can get on them. Another plus about this method is that just in case a jar does open or break it will be contained inside the container. Not all over your floor or shelves. Easier to clean up. Though I have never had a jar open or break in storage. Don’t stack them and they should be fine. As I empty the containers of the filled jars of food, I start putting the empty jars that have been used and cleaned in the Rubbermaid containers. It is an easy method. The containers can be stacked on top of each other as long as the one on top is not too heavy. I put thick cardboard or sometimes, plywood on the lids if I am going to put something on top of it.
In case of emergencies, like flooding or something of that sort, your home canned food storage may help your jars to survive by being inside the plastic containers. If they were swimming in flood water, I would not feel safe using them, even if they were still sealed. Flood waters are very dangerous to consume. The jars of food are easier to transport in the plastic containers rather than cardboard boxes. You would just have to wrap the jars with newspaper or clothing to insulate them from breaking. I will eventually keep my food supply in my root cellar, but they will stay in the Rubbermaid containers. Now that I have put this in place presently, I see it is the best way to keep them.
Always label each jar and each container with what is inside. That way your home canned food storage can be easy to use. All you have to do is to look at the outside to know what is inside. When you empty a container and put empty jars inside, you can double stack those. Just put a thick piece of cardboard between the layers. I put each jar in the container upside down and it seems to keep them cleaner. Be sure to label the outside of that container also. If you put more than one variety of food or empty jars in a container, note that on the label. I put another label on for each variety. Then when I have taken all that type out, I can remove that label. This method keeps the food supply constantly moving. Use up the old and can up some new!
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