It’s hard to see, but there are 11 trays of glass canning jars here!
We scored about 200 canning jars last night. A friend of my wife’s is cleaning out his mother’s house after her passing and he wants this stuff gone. We were happy to oblige. This might be all we will need to can the vegetables and fruit we’re going to eat for the next year.
The dishwasher has been running non-stop and now they are finally all clean. It doesn’t help anything that I have walking pneumonia and zero energy.
I also got two old (untested) pressure cookers, a rusty (salvageable) food mill and an old beat up collander with a handle. They even threw in about 3 dozen of each type of canning lid.
The price was right…they didn’t ask for anything. I ended up paying him about $50.
It sure is a lot of quarts. It’s over half quart jars, the rest are pints. I prefer pints. Want to trade?
It sure was fun to see all these different jars. Based on the newspaper packing material in the boxes, these were put away around 1985. There were lots of 1976 US bicentennial celebratory jars, and a set of “harvest time” jars that have an interesting design. There are some tall jars that will be good for uncut asparagus, a handful of jars bigger than quarts, and a whole box that aren’t canning jars at all. Oh well!
There were a dozen or so that I passed on and did NOT take home. These still had food in them. :O Yep! One jar still had recognizable red tomatoes or sauce. The others had unsealed over the years and dried down to a little tomato cake that has since turned into something like ash or dirt.
Now let me tell you the worst part! I told my wife that asking around for jars wouldn’t work. I said, “Too many people are going to be canning this year. Jars will be hard to find even at the store this summer. It won’t help to ask around.” Then she finds me this haul. Thank you hon!!