We reorganized yesterday. It took several hours to move all the canning jars from the basement to the garage in preparation for painters. Moving all those jars was definitely confronting. There has been a lot of canning going on as I test and test and retest every recipe for the book. But I’m not here to talk about recipes or testing. I have a bigger problem.
Every canning safety site tells us to store jars in a cool, dark space WITHOUT THE RINGS. The idea is a simple one. If something goes wrong, if there are micro-organisms lurking in your preserved foods and the food goes bad, the seal will break and the lid will lift off the jar. If the ring is in place, the lid can not lift off and you may not know the food has gone off. Or the jar might explode. Yes, explode.
Trust me, if you have ever had a dozen jars of pickles break (and disgorge their briny vinegar all over the basement floor), you know what I mean. That was a bad day.
Now, I’m very careful and remove the rings before storing the jars. The rings go into a box and are reused when the jars are reused. How is it I have ended up with all these extra rings? And is there a home for wayward rings? A place to send the extras? A crafting project that needs to happen?
One of you has an idea, I’m sure of it. Send your best ideas for what to do with all these rings or how to store them or just grouse along with me about the proliferation of metal rings.
I’ll send whoever has the best idea a big box of goodies from my pantry. This is a totally subjective giveaway! If you’ve won before, you can’t win again, but please contribute ideas anyway. And because subjective judging is annoying, I’ll do a random giveaway, too. Two Giveaways! Two boxes of YUM. One for a great idea and one simply for visiting my site.
The rings are TAKING OVER AND THEY MUST BE STOPPED.
PS I love the look of this layered peach and raspberry jam. Pretty, right? I’ll include one of these jars in the giveaway.