Canning ring storage

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  1. fetch33

    fetch33 Well-Known Member

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    I have way too many rings. I have tried threading them on bent hangers, but that is far from ideal. Any ideas on ring storage?
     
  2. suitcase_sally

    suitcase_sally Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have several methods. One is I use those giant plastic barrels that pretzels and cheese puffs come in. I have one that is about a two gallon size. It holds a LOT of rings. Another is a gallon size freezer bag. I keep that one in the canner, along with the funnel, lifter and magnetic flat picker-upper.
     

  3. olivehill

    olivehill Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I prefer vertical storage, personally.

    Cut a circle of cardboard just bigger than your rings, you can put a coat of paint on it to make it look better if you want. Poke a hole in the center. Thread a several-feet-long piece of thick ribbon through that hole and tie a knot in the end. Pull the cardboard down to the knot. Tie the other end of the ribbon to an S-hook. Drop lids on the ribbon, hang the S hook from a bar in the pantry, hook in the pantry ceiling, closet, basement, etc.
     
  4. Paquebot

    Paquebot Well-Known Member

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    One way of storing them is to put them back on empty jars. That helps to protect the rims from any nicks. Also, no real reason to keep more than a 5-gallon pail of them like I do. Go through them now and then and toss the rustiest ones.

    Martin
     
  5. Phoebesmum

    Phoebesmum Well-Known Member

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    I just take lengths of yarn, twine, thin rope and tie a knot to make a big circle. Then I fold it in half, string the rings onto it and slip the ends over a hook on my wall behind my laundry room door.
     
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    kkbinco Well-Known Member

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    Another "stringer" here.

    I tie one end of the string to a ring, the other to a hook to hang the string by. Just drop rings down from the hook end and they rest on the tied ring.
     
  7. Solarmom

    Solarmom Well-Known Member

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    I put them back on the empty jars too! then no recounting or repurchase except for the lids! plus, no extra storage area to use up :)
     
  8. Delrio

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    I put all my extras on a wire and hang them horizontally from the rafters in the basement.
     
  9. TNHermit

    TNHermit Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If ya got rusty ring soak them in some citric acid for a few hours. Walla no rust. Coat them with some PAM or mineral oil and put away
     
  10. Callieslamb

    Callieslamb Well-Known Member

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    I have mine in one of those cloth-sided, wire framed baskets.
     
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    I have a string that I tied paper clips to the ends, then I string one size of rings and thread the paper clips together and hang on a nail in the storage room.

    I have 2 going of course. for large mouth and regular.
     
  12. motdaugrnds

    motdaugrnds II Corinthians 5:7 Supporter

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    I place mine back on the empty jars; however, I turn them upside down to do this. Why? Because my grandmother did! ROFL
     
  13. shar

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    I have 2 5 gallon buckets one for wide mouth and one for reg. lids.
     
  14. tlag1986

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    I currently keep all of mine in a reusable tote I got somewhere. It is rather simple, but I can hang it from a nail in my pantry and keep it out of the way if needed. I have to search in them to make sure I have what style ring I need for canning that day.
     
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    Mine are in an old plastic bag that says "Graceland" on it; the bag gets stuffed in the canner with all the other canning supplies. :D
     
  16. PixieLou

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    I have 3 stacking "bins" in the basemen. They kinda look like dish drainers, but they stack. Lots of people use them for toy storage in play rooms.

    In the bottom bin I put my rings. In the middle bin, I put my lids. In the top bin I keep my funnels, jar lifters, jelly bag - alll my misc canning supplies.
     
  17. Cindy in NY

    Cindy in NY Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Similar storage here! I have 3 plastic grocery sacks - one with regular rings, one with wide mouth, and one with rubber seals. I put three big nails into a rafter in the basement and hung the bags off them!
     
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    Why do you have so many bands. You only need enough to do however many batches you can do in one day. And a few for when you open a jar then relid it for putting in the fridge. I keep one gallon size zip lock for each size of bands.
     
  19. PixieLou

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    Lots of reasons. . .
    I often give away jars. I'm never sure if I'll get my jar back, nevermind my ring back.

    I occasionally have to throw away a ring due to rust.

    And I guess I'm just cheap - I have a couple hundred jars. Granted it will take me a long time to run out of rings. But I can't fathom the thought of throwing away rings - if at some time in the future it would mea that I would have to buy rings!
     
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    Thought I would try TNHermit's idea about Citric Acid. But, being cheap, I bought 5 pkgs of KoolAid. Did a great job. Also, I got a coupon, if I bought another 20 pkgs, I could get a 5 lb bag of sugar free. Yea!