Storing canning rings?

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  1. barnyardfun

    barnyardfun Happy Homemaker Supporter

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    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.
     
  2. barnyardfun

    barnyardfun Happy Homemaker Supporter

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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.:goodjob:
     

  3. DYngbld

    DYngbld I VOID warranties!

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    Hmmm bottled water. Nice idea.
     
  4. Bonnie L

    Bonnie L Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  5. ronbre

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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 !!
     
  6. Cindy in NY

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

    beaglebiz Wasza polska matka

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    we always have kazillions of rings, used canning lids suitable for vac sealing and stuff... 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.
     
  8. quietperson

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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.
     
  9. manygoatsnmore

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    I string them on a shoelace and store them inside my canner.
     
  10. VT Chicklit

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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.
     
  11. Callieslamb

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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.
     
  12. BrightBay

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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.
     
  13. packyderms_wife

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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.
    :baby04:

    Kimberly
     
  14. Shepherd

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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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  15. Wildwood Flower

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    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.
     
  16. Trisha in WA

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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.
     
  17. Mrs. Homesteader

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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.
     
  18. Speckledpup

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    I do the same as Mrs Homesteader.
     
  19. barnyardfun

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    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.:eek:
     
  20. Pouncer

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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!