So. We currently live in the city limits on property not suited for anything but a very tiny garden or windowsill herb garden. I could grow tomatoes, peppers, maybe a few stalks of corn, things of that nature. Anything in a “row” or bigger things like squash, watermelons, beans, etc. just aren’t possible. Every year I say how much I can’t wait for local vegetables to come in at the farmers market downtown so we can have some garden veggies for a few short months. This year however, after realizing that it takes a solid $450 a month to feed all of us and my kids aren’t eating any less as they age, I decided that canning would be a smart idea. We have a Food Saver vacuum sealer as well, and intend on buying a small chest freezer in the upcoming months to be able to freeze some fruits and meats that aren’t suitable for canning. My fiancé plans to kill at least two deer this fall that will supply us with enough meat for most of the winter, and we hope to have enough canned vegetables to supply us until next spring as well. I also plan to can some beef and deer meat pieces that aren’t “cuts” of meat like backstrap, tenderloin, roasts, etc. As luck (or Divine intervention, as I was getting desperate) would have it, I happened upon a lady doing a massive cleanout of canning jars and lids. I capitalized on a killer deal and bought about eight dozen jars. I got a dozen half gallon sized ones, and the rest are quart. Now, eight dozen jars doesn’t sound like a lot for seasoned canners, but if my math is correct, that’s 96 glass jars. If we eat a jar a day that’s over three months worth, which will get us through most of winter here in the South. I grew up around some amazing women who canned everything possible, and I firmly believe the process of canning and sustaining your family from food preserved by your own hands is a truly remarkable and humbling thing. The only real issue I’m currently having is storage space. Though I suppose the cases the jars came in would be fine for storage as well, it’s just inconvenient since I can’t see through them and will have to shuffle them around to get what I need as they’re stacked head-high. First word problems y’all. I would love to make a shelf in my utility room, which may be a future DIY project blog post! Hang tight for pictures of said canning, and I’m open to any tips and tricks in the comments section!