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Old 07/24/09, 03:49 PM
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Storing canning rings?

How do you store your canning rings? I thought someone on here hung them somehow kind of like a decoration? I had to buy some new jars this year and I have rings coming out of my ears!

I have a country kitchen and they would probably look cute dislplayed somehow but I am not creative at all!

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 07/24/09, 03:51 PM
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OH!!!

That also made me think of another question.......

How do you store your jars?

I hate having to scrub dusty jars before I can can anything. One lady told me when she gets a canner load of jars empty she fills them with water and waterbaths them. Kind of dual purpose.....keeps jars clean and store good water.

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Old 07/24/09, 03:55 PM
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Hmmm bottled water. Nice idea.

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I do the bottled water thing. Handy during electrical outages. Jars I store on shelves, upside down. Only the outside gets dusty. The rings I toss in a drawer. The overflow goes in a box near the jars.

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Old 07/24/09, 04:10 PM
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I know folks who unwire a wire clothes hanger, thread on the canning rings, and rewire the hanger to close it up - not very decorative but functional.

How about using an empty paper towel holder (wooden dowel on a wooden base type) for holding rings awaiting canning projects?

I can also imagine a tension rod IN a cabinet or spanning an open cupboard or kitchen window with canning rings threaded on it.

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Old 07/24/09, 04:12 PM
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save the boxes when you buy the jars and when you have washed the empty jar store it upside down in the box..if you are getting them second hand..watch for proper size boxes and store the empty jars in the boxes..you can even store the filled jars in the boxes..as it will protect them..label the box.

they then will stack without chipping..etc..foolish to throw out the great boxes and then have to figure out how to store the jars !!

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I store my rings in plastic sacks hung on nails in the basement. Sorry - nothing fancy!

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Old 07/24/09, 06:15 PM
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we always have kazillions of rings, used canning lids suitable for vac sealing and stuff...[I] keep the bulk of my rings in a box upstairs, if I put them in the basemen t, the damp makes them rust. Im sure you could get some baling twine and make a garland, but I have way too much stuff as it is in the kitchen with the big kitchenaid, various fermenting crocks and sourdough, plus my bread bowl usually has something rising in it, plus my butter bell, a dish of eggs shells for the chickens drying out, a plate with bread heels drying to make crumbs, and bunches of herbs hanging down from the beams drying, and toaster, that I aim more for function than beauty (although, to me looking home made food is beautiful). Above our cabinets are our big platters, my fancy tureens I use for Sunday supper, and a few extra oil lamps. Our house is not that large, for 5 people, and esp homesteaders, but its all ours, and is quite nice really.

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Old 07/24/09, 06:16 PM
 
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I put mine in a mesh bag that onions or potatoes come in and hang them from a nail in the basement. Not pretty, but neither is my basement.

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Old 07/24/09, 06:21 PM
 
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I string them on a shoelace and store them inside my canner.

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I store my rings on cheap Dollar Store paper towel holders. The ones I use are made from an 1/8 inch thick chrome rod that was formed into a circular base with a U shape spindle that sticks up from the center. The roll would stand up right with the cardboard tube over the spindle. I stack rings over the spindle until it is full (about 30 rings). I have 3 of these that I use. If you had one of these holders you could tie a length of jute from the U and thead even more rings on to the holder. You could then hang the whole stack from a nail or hook. The rings dry well this way and are less apt to rust.

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Old 07/24/09, 08:24 PM
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Mine are in a box - trying to come up with something decorative for 100's of rings is way beyond me! You could fill the jars with water, use the old flat and ring to close the jar. Then you will not only have water stored but also have clean jars.

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If you have access to a Costco, their heavy duty fruit boxes that are always in the free box bins at the front are perfect for holding the jars, have handles that make them easy to carry and they're made to stack if you get several of the same variety.

I just store rings on a giant piece of thick string/rope stuff. They hang in the kitchen during canning season and then go away to the attic. As we use ring, I stuff them into a ziploc until it's full and then transfer them to the string. That way most of the year there's never more than a baggie full in the kitchen.

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Rings are sorted by size and I have two onions bags, the 50# size, and the rings are stored in there. Canning jars go into boxes or styrofoam grape boxes (get them from the grocery store) and stored in the shed.
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I used wire hangers which I cut and bend so I can loop the two ends together.

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I know folks who unwire a wire clothes hanger, thread on the canning rings, and rewire the hanger to close it up - not very decorative but functional.

How about using an empty paper towel holder (wooden dowel on a wooden base type) for holding rings awaiting canning projects?

I can also imagine a tension rod IN a cabinet or spanning an open cupboard or kitchen window with canning rings threaded on it.
That has always been my method--unwire a coat hanger and string them on it--hang in the pantry or?? You can also add a plastic bag to it.
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Yup, mine are on a wire coat hanger too.
My neighbor puts plastic wrap on the top of her jars after washing them to keep the inside clean. I just throw mine in the dishwasher right before I use them. That way they have been sterilized and are still hot when I fill them.

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Old 07/24/09, 10:31 PM
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I tie a canning ring on the end of a string and tie a little loop at the other end. The little loop goes over a nail. I can just grab it off and throw more rings over it until full. The one tied on the bottom keeps them on the string. I have one for each size. They are very easy on and very easy off.

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Old 07/25/09, 07:33 AM
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I do the same as Mrs Homesteader.

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Old 07/25/09, 08:07 AM
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I tie a canning ring on the end of a string and tie a little loop at the other end. The little loop goes over a nail. I can just grab it off and throw more rings over it until full. The one tied on the bottom keeps them on the string. I have one for each size. They are very easy on and very easy off.
I may do something like that. I know the simple solution would be to just put the rings into a box somewhere but I am starting to run out of hiding spots so some things need to be 'stored' in plain sight.
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Old 07/25/09, 08:13 AM
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You are all way too organized for me. I have several boxes and flats, with mixed lids, rings and whatnot. I do try to seperate out the lids to size though, but rings? They are everywhere-drawers, countertop, boxes, flats.....

I should do something about that, shouldn't I? The string and nail sounds pretty easy to me!

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Old 07/25/09, 09:11 AM
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I put a paper towel in the box, then put the jars upside down and put away in the laundry room. The rings get rusty,I throw them out. I don't keep them all, just enough to use for a days worth of cannng. I take them off the jars as soon as cooled.Then I rinse them, dry and store in a plastic bag in the pantry.

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I put half a paper towel over the jar and put the rings back on the jar, keeps them clean and protects the top of the jar from nicks. But I think I will start doing the water thing although I am not sure about wasting good lids on this.

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I do the coathanger thing and hang them in the pantry.

Empty jars go in their boxes in the garden shed. Upside down so spiders can't get in them.

Of course I always sterilize them before I use them.

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When I am done with a jar that had wet canning in it, i wash air dry and use for dry goods. so my jars are never empty.
I never have unused rings either.

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i screw them onto the empty jars, this keeps the edge of the jars safe and i don't have rings falling all over. I just store the jars upside down to keep them clean. Vickie

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I tie a canning ring on the end of a string and tie a little loop at the other end. The little loop goes over a nail. I can just grab it off and throw more rings over it until full. The one tied on the bottom keeps them on the string. I have one for each size. They are very easy on and very easy off.
Hey! I really like that idea! Thanks for sharing!
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But I think I will start doing the water thing although I am not sure about wasting good lids on this.
I bet we could reuse lids for this purpose. If they seal, nothing to worry about. If they don't...it's just water.
I'm going to think on this one a while. Think I like this idea.
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I have a bunch of clear poly drawstring bags that canceled checks used to be transported in to banks. I keep mine in them.

I do like the idea of canning water in them but I do question the energy cost for the process?

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Old 07/29/09, 11:04 PM
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Storing canning rings?

I considered storing them on a tension rod in one of my cabinets, taking up wasted space, but came up with a vertical solution I like better. I took a 3/4 inch dowel rod, 36 inches long and anchored it in the hole of a red brick. The rings can be easily slid on and off the pole and it sits in a very small amount of space.

You can visit my blog to see a photo.

The ideas listed here are very good, too, and had I not found this solution, I'm sure I would have used one of these suggestions.

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