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!
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
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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