Here on our homestead, canning season is in full-swing. Wondering if you’ve hit that point yet? Does your kitchen look like mine? Mason jar lids and rings strewn all over the counters, a water bath canner that never gets put away, and a never-ending supply of jars cooling on the counter – Yup. Full-swing.
One thing that I’ve struggled with this year, however, has been storage of my mason jar lid rings. Because I don’t store my jars with the rings on, I always seem to have an excess of rings clanging around. Or falling out of the canning cabinet. Or just plain driving me crazy.
Curious why I don’t store my jars with rings on? Even though I check all of my seals carefully after canning, there is always a risk that your seals could become faulty after storage. If you keep the rings on during storage, you may not realize if one of those seals goes bad. By storing the rings OFF of the jars, you will know a lot sooner if you have a lid fail!
So this brings on a bit of a dilemma: Where to keep all of these dang lid rings?!
I share with you, my easy peasy remedy: Bungee cords.
No joke, folks.
I keep all of my empty canning jars in a large cupboard in my laundry room. I simply hang a bungee cord on my towel rack and put the regular mouth rings on one side, wide mouth rings on the other! This way, I don’t have to sort through the entire bungee cord to find a regular mouth ring that had been hiding in the wide mouth ring. It happens.
There you have it. Canning season is now just a little bit easier for us all. 😉