I’m in trouble.  Big trouble.  I have waaaaay too many canning (and glass) jars and absolutely no place to stack them.  It’s getting so bad that my sister threatened me with donating them all away if I couldn’t find a home for them.  Land sakes…I get no respect.  Donating  such gems to STRANGERS and possibly breaking up my collection? Never! My canning jars are so special to me and I may just end up using each one if and when I  have to can up a mother load harvest.  It has taken me years to acquire this valued collection.  I am also so sure someone, somewhere, would be thrilled to inherit these beauties from me and care for them as I have.

The basement would be perfect but that is off limits as it is stacked to the gills with stuff  (not mine!).   No more space in the back pantry or in the kitchen cabinets.  Maybe the garage; but it’s sooo dusty in there and it’s already filled with seeds, biodiesel making equipment and goats.   Sigh, so what’s a canning girl to do?

My Facebook feed is filled with creative storage areas.  Talk about a bad case of storage envy.  Boy, do I have it!    I know I shan’t covet; but boy, I am desirous  of some proper storage.
Meanwhile, I advert my eyes to such temptation and wonder where on earth am I gonna store all my jars!

But, alas, these wise words come to mind.

“He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it- namely, in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain”


Thanks, Mr Twain.


  1. Barbara says:

    Your lucky, canning jars and lids are expensive. I been giving away my creations as gifts and never see most of my jars again. It seems like every summer I have to purchase new jars and this year I will need even more as we planted just about double the garden space.

    • Todd says:

      I had this problem for a long time till I figured a solution.

      I took the idea from the old time glass recycling system, DEPOSITS.

      We would make baskets with canned fruits, jellies etc. in them for Christmas and other occasions.

      Well after years of losing jars and rings I started telling everyone that if the jars and rings do not come home to me then full jars will not go back home with them.

      Well a couple people tested the idea and they learned real quick.

      It was amazing that the solution was so simple.

  2. Lael Alon says:

    I don’t know what your interior space is like, but if there is an interior sheetrock wall where you can remove even the upper portion of sheetrock that you wouldn’t normally hang pictures on or put furniture against, you can install shelves in-between the studs and store your jars in the wall… then you can see AND access your collection whenever you need!

  3. Jeni Vandall says:

    I have found that those paper boxes that business’s get work like wonders for storing jars in! I just put the jars in upside down and that keeps the dust out of them. The boxes stack very nicely and are just the right size too! I sure hope you don’t have to part with any of your collection. I like you cherish my collection far to much to even think about parting with any of them.

  4. Rob says:

    Ok, so here is what you do.

    Have a contest.

    Contest rules:
    1. Email Anais and request TWO jars.
    2. ‘Can’ something amazing in the one jar and return it to Anais.
    3. Along with the submission include a description of what’s inside the jar.
    4. Anais will have a taste-test what’s in one of the jars at one of her amazing
    5. Winners will receive something cool…..seeds…..ollas………….

    Problem solved. You get the jars out of the house for awhile, and when they return they will be full of stuff.
    One jar you will empty at the party, the other you can put into long-term storage or whatever.

  5. Ginger says:

    I use them all the time for drinking glasses, sprouting gardens, and leftover storage in the fridge. If you use them, they won’t be in the way.

  6. SarahS says:

    the perfect number of canning jars is an algebraic equation, N + 1, where N is the number you currently have!

    In other words, one can never have enough canning jars! I will admit to having a small obsession with the marvelous containers myself, especially the old style bale jars.

    happy gardening!!! Sarah

  7. Christy says:

    Mine are currently on top of 3 huge bookcases in my family room. And now that we have eaten most of the contents they also sit on the shelves in front of the books. Not stylish but I love my jars!

  8. elizabethanne says:

    I love my jars, but I always seem to lose them! Then again, I tend to use them as hostess gifts with garden flowers, or as birthday and mother’s day gifts with cute things in them… So I started keeping all of my glass spaghetti sauce jars to use for those things instead! Haha.

    But man, I wish I could have a great big collection like that! I like the contest idea that Rob suggested. 🙂

  9. Christie says:

    I plan on doing this with a bunch of my extra jars! Pretty storage solution, ahoy! http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_li10t1JXBh1qbhlcro1_400.jpg

  10. Anna says:

    I love my jars too. When given as gifts I tell the receiver to give them back when empty to get a refill, hasn’t happened yet. You can store extras in low boxes under the bed. I never have enough at canning time! So I will never give jars away willingly. However, the idea Christie had is running around my mind.

  11. Jean says:

    I’d ask for banana boxes and store jars upside-down right in that dusty barn! You will wash them anyway if they’re already clean. I thought of something not mentioned here yet… build walltowall-ceilingtoceiling shelving just for jars. Cover the shelf with pretty flat fabrics. There you have it! Room is shorter by only 8 inches and room look refreshened with new look. Would that work for you?!?

  12. sharonsj says:

    I use canning jars of all sizes to (1) store food and (2) display stuff. It keeps the mice out of whatever I’m trying to save, like tons of sugar. As for displays, I use the jars as piggy banks. They also hold buttons, shells, beads, stones, craft supplies, you name it. It looks great on my book shelves.

    Oh, and I also have a bunch under the kitchen table in a big plastic bin. You can never know when you might need more….

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