Canning By the Numbers

Well, it’s a good thing I found time today to do a proper jar inventory and organize my canning cupboard. I do not have what I thought I did. I’m not in totally bad shape, but I do need more jars (surprise, surprise there). This is what I’m estimating that I’ll need this season –

97 quarts (8 cases)
35 pints (3 cases)
14 half pints (8 ounces) (3 cases)
5 ¼ pints (4 ounces) (1 case)

This is what I actually have –

68 quarts
10 pints
21 half pints (8 ounces)
12 ¼ pints (4 ounces)
2 small jelly jars (really old and not a standard size)
5 pint Elite jars
66 regular rings
10 Elite/wide mouth rings
116 regular lids
71 Elite/wide mouth lids

It looks like I still need a considerable number of jars to reach my goal, especially pints. I really though that I had more pint jars around here, but I guess not. And about 18 jars are currently in use, but I’m planning on those being empty by the time I start preserving. No time like the present to start scouting for deals though, since this is what I still need –

27 quarts
25 pints
23 lids
73 rings

So I’m going to get three cases of quarts (that’ll give me a few extra) and two cases of pints (since I do have the Elite pints to use if I have to, even though I don’t like using those for canning). And since I don’t store my jars with the rings on them, the sixty-six that I have will probably be fine, but since I have to buy two boxes of lids to get me to the right amount, I’m just going to buy the ones that come with the rings to increase the amount of rings I have.

I was really shocked by how many jelly jars I have in there, considering I rarely make anything in that size. But I’m guessing I can find a way to put them to use this year! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to start trolling the interwebs for sales and coupons!

2 thoughts on “Canning By the Numbers

  1. Thanks for the reminder! I need to do a jar inventory too.
    Check out Craig’s List in your area. I got a whole crate of jars last year for cheap.

    • Oh yeah, I check Craigslist all the time – so far I haven’t found any close enough to me, or in the right sizes. But I still check almost every day! And I’ve got a small group of people who keep their eyes open for me when they go by yard sales and such. Wish me luck!

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