Yesterday when I shared a photo of what I had canned, someone asked me about where to find jar lids and it reminded me about a blog post I had done a couple of years ago so I went back and looked it up. It was posted November 19, 2019 and entitled “The Canning Weak Link“.
I think this was before I’d heard about the coronavirus and certainly before we had encountered shortages.
I will always keep the Tattler lids around, just in case there’s a shortage of the metal lids. I have no reason to believe that will happen but I’d hate to have food to can, jars to put the food in, and a canner to use . . and no lids!
As you all know, I don’t do everything right so I’m not saying “Look what a great job I did”. Keeping extras of everything we use seems to be something I’ve done for years and years. Of course, there has to be room to store things and keep up with them and be able to find them. I don’t know if I have always done this because of my dislike for shopping or if it’s something I learned just watching my grandma who lived through a time when everything was in short supply or if it was just because they lived so far from town and she kept everything she might need at home.
I’m not saying we never run out of things. We do, but there’s almost always a substitute that will work.
These days, I’m trying to plan menus that require only ingredients we have on hand. As I use the basic things I always keep on hand . . canned tomatoes, pasta, dry beans, etc., I try to replace it. From what I’ve heard, different areas of the country have different items that are harder to find. I haven’t seen a whole lot here than we can’t get, though from time to time, some things are out of stock but the next time I place a grocery order, those things are in stock and something else is out of stock.
When there’s no Dr. Pepper in stock anywhere . . that’s when I’ll be in trouble.