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Ms. Rose

The past few months Dan and I have been collecting canning jars for our personal canning use later on down the road.  We’ve even gone as far as choosing different spaghetti sauce for the fact that it came in a canning-appropriate quart size (in addition to being HFCS free). 
The other day, I stopped by our local thrift store looking for a Dutch oven.  Instead, I found a few canning jars and proceeded to check out.  While standing in line, the customer in front of me asked me if I were canning or just collecting.  I replied, “well, I guess I’m collecting to can.”  Five minutes later, I had a slip of paper in my hand with her name, address, and phone number, along with an invitation to stop by later that afternoon to pick up a few jars.
When I arrived, Ms. Rose had two boxes brimming with jars set aside for me—and I could only talk her into taking $10 for what looked to be 40+ jars.  “No, no,” she said, “I’m the seller…I’m happy with $10.  Enjoy them and just think of it as God’s been good to you today.”  He most certainly had.  The generosity of a stranger increased my stock of jars by about 30% for far less than I could hope to buy them for—even at the thrift store!  Thank you Ms. Rose—you definitely made my week. :-D
Added to the extra jars from my parents, my most recent canning jar census tops out at….
54 quarts
96 pints
11 jelly jars
2 miscellaneous sized Mason jars.
163 TOTAL!!
Now, just to get that garden so I can fill them!


  1. We're ready to start our planning for the big garden! We are hoping to can/freeze enough to provide for the whole year, but we really haven't figured out how many jars we'll need. We keep picking thm up when they are on sale, or someone is getting rid of them too. I know we'll need at least 52 jars for spaghetti sauce since we eat spaghetti or pizza at leat once a week. We'll just see how it goes, I guess! Aimee

  2. Aimee,

    Dan and I are just as excited to get out there are start putting up our own food. Talking to some friends of ours (Three Fold Cord) who have 5 children (4 boys--interpretation: big eaters), she says that she normally puts up about 100+ pints of tomato sauce, and about 100 quarts of green beans. She freezes broccoli, cauliflower, peppers and dehydrates extra green peppers for salads and such. And yet she STILL doesn't get everything done! I'm thinking that with what I have, I'll be able to put up the tomato sauce, green beans, and maybe corn for our use, but not much more! I'm thinking drying peppers and beans. Freezing broccoli, cooking milk, eggs, and apple cider....then we'll go from there!

    OH! And I have an interview! :)

  3. YAY!!! Where are you interviewing? We want to put up everything in the garden and maybe try some sort of root cellar, but I think we're being a bit ambitious. We'll see what actully gets put up. I've also been talking to Nathan about trying to grow some cotton, although I have no idea what the process is to get it ready for yarn--something involving a cotton gin probably. Oh, it would be nice to have you around! Aimee

  4. One great way to fill those canning jars early in your gardening career is with applesauce. I can always find several people who have apple trees, with no plans for using the apples. The sauce is free! (Almost... have to buy lids and a bit of electricity to cook the apples. =)

  5. Brenda,

    Great idea! I'll have to keep that in mind for sure!


    It's in Lexington, at a Renal Clinic....let's see how this goes! Trying to keep from getting TOO excited as I'm not sure this is where I'm supposed to be, but it's a bite! :-D


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