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Don't forget to get extra lids for NEXT YEAR'S canning! Now that we've all learned how to do this, and can take advantage of garden and market gluts, it would be useful to have more lids on hand. Walmart's had them for 50 cents, I imagine that Target and the other stores that only stock canning supplies in season are likewise.
-- Mary (Mary@blufrogg.com), October 19, 1999
Mary, You are quite correct about needing extra lids. They are the one item that you can not use over and over. I bit the bullet and bought a case of regular and a case of wide mouth lids. Remember that there is the possibility of using a jar more than once in a year. I try to fill them back up with something ASAP as I figure that an empty jar does me no good.
-- smfdoc (email@example.com), October 19, 1999.
When you empty a canning jar scrub it and the used lid and refill with water...it takes up storage space somewhere--if that is a place that doesn't freeze it might as well be full of water as empty.
-- mutti (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 19, 1999.
Also, Quality Farm and Fleet (known by different but similar name in other states) has their canning supplies at 40 percent off....and if the cashier is nice, she might give you 50 per cent off if you buy the lids by the case ( a box of lids for 50 cents??!! Remarkable!) I saw a pressure canner that was $60.00...take off the 40 %..that's about $36!
Thanks for the heads up on canning supplies, I've never seen them discounted before!
-- (email@example.com), October 19, 1999.
Be careful of a pressure canner on sale. Two reasons: One, IMHO, in should be the metal to metal kind, made by Wisconsin Aluminum, and not a canner with a rubber seal. Second, examine the box very carefully! If, perchance, the canner has been DROPPED, it could be very dangerous. Wisconsin aluminum will take any canner that has been dropped, and examine it for fractures, free of charge. Their canners cost about $124, from factory. All American: Wisconsin Aluminum, 838 South 16th St. Manitowoc, WI 54220. Model 21 is deep enough for 14 pints, or 7 quarts, and is deep enough (3" over jar top) to do water bath canning. I am not part of their company, only an owner of two canners, one 25 years old and one new this year. Love em!
-- Mary (Maray@blufrogg.com), October 19, 1999.
If you are looking in NEOhio, don't bother with the Eastlake Walmart (on Vine) because there weren't any there when we left...
-- Chuck, a night driver (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 19, 1999.
No canning stuff at the Wal Mart near me. Was told it was a seasonal item...
-- Jeremiah Jetson (email@example.com), October 20, 1999.
I had trouble getting canning stuff from our Walmart in Upstate NY, same line about it being a seasonal item, and they put their Christmas displays up before Columbus Day!
Did find, in the pots & pans aisle, some boxes of lids and Ball brand salsa & pickle mix, plus cans of 'pickling lime', for .25 cents each. Don't know what I'll do with it, but it sounded useful!
Do you think salsa mix would be good in hamburger jerky? If you haven't seen one, I got a "hamburger jerky gun" from Walmart last year. Works the same as a cookie shooter, but it squirts out 1 inch wide by 1/4 inch thick 'lines' of hamburger for in the dehydrator. All you do is mix the jerky spices into the meat, shove it into the 'gun', and squirt the 'lines' onto the dehydrator racks. Makes very nice jerky shaped strips. Husby loves 'em, he says they're much easier to chew than jerky made from strips of beef. They hold together just fine. The gadget cost about $15.00 last year, and I have seen them lately. I also got our dehydrator there, an American Harvester with a fan, for about $30.
I guess this would be the place to mention that you can get cases of ground beef at Sam's Club for less than $1.00 a pound (90% lean), and if you want a smaller quantity, you can get tubes of it. The butcher said a case of GB weighs about 70 pounds. That's a lot of beef! But if you canned a bunch of it, and jerked a bunch of it....
Sorry to go off topic on you. Let there be lids! I've been buying them like crazy myself. I keep thinking I haven't got enough!
-- Arewyn (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 20, 1999.