Canning CAN Be Cheap!

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A few months back I wrote here about canning tomatoes. Tomatoes are, I think, one of the easiest items to can and a great starter project for anyone who is curious about trying a canning project on their own. Canning Jars. Proper canning jars are made so that the lids fully seal.

10 Steps To A Successful Garage Sale

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Garage sales are a great way to make some extra money, and they are a great activity for kids during the summer break. With the proper amount of planning, you can have an easy, stress free garage sale where you make a profit. Get Up Early As a rule, garage sales start early.

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Tips for Keeping Your Stockpile Safe and Dry

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And if you go a step further by canning, freeze drying, and jarring your own foods, it is vital that you have a safe place to keep everything. Whether it be a garage, a shed, or even a specially constructed structure, you have to consider the fact that you are trying to keep and use your assortment of preserved foods for years to come. Every couponer’s dream is to have a stockpile of food, household essentials, and non-perishables stored safely in their home.

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30 Free but Thoughtful Christmas Gift Ideas

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If so, give the gift of organizing a closet (or 2), kitchen cupboards, a basement, garage, etc. Pick a theme, such as cooking basics 101, family recipes, bread baking, or preserving /canning. This is my third installment of Free (but Thoughtful) Christmas Gift Ideas.

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The Advantages of Root Cellaring

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Others have re-learned canning skills our grandmother’s used. However, a root cellar can be as simple as a sectioned off part of your basement, a trash can buried in the ground with a bale of straw on top or even a shelf in an unheated room or garage.

Simple Things You Can Do to Be Environmentally Friendly and Save Money

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I happened upon some old canning Mason jars at a garage sale, and now we use those for everything–making iced tea in the summer, putting leftover soup in, holding our homemade laundry detergent. So often, being environmentally friendly and saving money go hand in hand.

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How To Re-use Common Items

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Glass jars can be used for jelly and canning things like pickles. We tear down big boxes and lay them on the garage floor in case of oil leaks. Last weekend my grown son was home for our autumn family picnic. I pulled out our Coleman water jug and his chin fell on the floor.

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