Take Control of Your Canning Pantry (+Printable!)

by Merissa on October 17, 2012

in Canning and Preserving, Featured, Printables

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I love canning! It's our way of being able to preserve the produce that we can get for free, grow for free, or buy in bulk. You can make the most of your money and enjoy fresh produce year around without the use of cold storage or having to use a fridge. It's win win!

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This year I ended up with canning 282 jars! My goal was 300 but I ended up not getting as many apples and tomatoes as I'd hoped but I think I still did pretty decent and we should have plenty to eat this winter. (I did not can any meats yet (although I did can chicken broth) but I'm hoping to can some chicken later.)

I had so many jars that they didn't all fit in my pretty canning pantry. I still have some foods left from last year (the pickles and jams that you can see below) so I already had a half full pantry.

After searching all over my house for a spot to put foods I discovered that no matter where I put the canned goods I wouldn't have the space in my little house to be able to see the canned foods like this. I ended up packing some in Jar Boxes and some in regular boxes and stacking them in the closet and under the bed. It's working great for storage but I'm not totally sure what's in there!

So I came up with this get little printable so we can keep track of exactly what we have no matter where in the house it's been stored! Click the link below to download the printable and take control of your canned foods inventory. In the first column fill out the name of the canned food and use the little jars to keep track of how many you have left. (If you are like me than each jar on the printable will count as x10 :D

Canning Inventory Printable

Not into canning yet? You can find dozens of canning and preserving recipes in our recipe index. Don't have a canned foods pantry? You can also print off a regular pantry inventory printable.

The cool thing about this printable is that you can use it for future meal planning. You could even plan your entire winter menu based on what you canned food inventory is on this printable!

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1 angela behlen October 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Hello, May I ask you about your pickles? I try every year to can pickles but they come out limp and soggy. I have tried many different ways to try and get them to be crisp. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you so much for your time

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2 Merissa October 17, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Mine aren’t perfectly crunchy but they aren’t limp. I have this weird method that I’ve never written down but it’s only a mixture of vinegar, garlic cloves, fresh dill, and water.

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3 Kel October 23, 2012 at 12:21 am

I’ve had best luck with normal pickle recipes using whole pickles. The less brine gets directly inside, the crispier they’ll be. Cut pickles come out soggier. But the best results are from refrigerator pickles. They only last a couple of months, but they’re crispy and delicious!

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4 Laura Cyra-Korsgaard October 21, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Thank you for sharing! I NEED help in this area for sure.

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5 Amy October 23, 2012 at 8:38 am

Thanks for the inventory form. I love it!

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6 Betty Russell October 7, 2014 at 10:24 pm

Hi Marissa, I love your blog and I loved reading about your early days of marriage in an old house and the RV. We have been married over 50 years and we started out in a 2 room apt and had to share the bathroom. Then we bought an old rundown house because it was cheap. We worked on that and spent every dime we could rake & scrape. Finally 20 years later we moved to the country and were able to build a new house and have the garden we dreamed about. God is good and He does provide for our needs just as He promised. I am inspired by your story and I admire your determination and hard work. Too bad there are not more just like you and your husband. So many now a days just want free stuff and food stamps. We love gardening and canning and being able to share with older folks that can’t garden anymore. It makes us happy to share the abundance of our garden. I am looking forward to your newsletters and wish you and your family much success and happiness! Blessings, Betty

p.s. There is a recipe on Mrs. Wages Lime pkg. for the best crisp pickles and they are easy, too.

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