Take Control of Your Canning Pantry (+Printable!)

by Merissa on October 17, 2012

in Canning and Preserving, Featured, Printables

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Taking Control of Your Canning Pantry

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!

My yearly goal for canned foods is to do at least 300 jars. That gives us roughly 1 1/2 jars to use per day during the most expensive food buying season of the year. Some days we use canned foods and some days we don't but this seems to be a fairly good baseline amount for our family.

Here's a picture of one of my previous canning pantries. This pantry was easy to see what was available since it was tall and shallow (could only place the jars 2 deep). I loved using it but it wasn't quite enough for all of my canned foods.

I discovered that no matter where I put the canned goods (that wasn't in their designated spot) I wouldn't have the space in my little house to be able to see the canned foods like I could with the nice canning panty. 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 sometimes I'm not totally sure what's in there! When we moved into the little farmhouse I didn't have a canning pantry at all and all of my canned food storage was limited to boxes and Jar Boxes so it was very difficult to see.

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.


Canning Inventory Printable

If you need more than just a canning jar inventory printable and/or you want to keep track of more than just your canned foods you will want to sign up for our free newsletters and grab a copy of my Gardening and Preserving Journal. The Journal contains printables to keep track of your canning, your foods that you freeze, your canning recipes, and so much more!

Not into canning yet? You can find dozens of canning and preserving recipes in our recipe index, and you can fond some simple and basic canning and preserving how-to videos on my YouTube page. Don't have a canned foods pantry? You can also print off a regular pantry inventory printable.

The nice thing about this inventory 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 you have listed on this printable. Easy!

What are some ways that you store and keep track of your canning pantry?


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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

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


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.


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!


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

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


5 Amy October 23, 2012 at 8:38 am

Thanks for the inventory form. I love it!


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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