Sometimes, mostly always, I feel bad posting about projects like this because you all read about it from the moment the ideas pop into my head, then I tell Vince; you hear his reaction, then the whole process, then when (if) it happens, you get step by step details. I don’t mean to keep repeating but when we’re working on something like this, it totally consumes me. I’m 100% into whatever I’m doing so . . this is what we’re doing at the moment!
Yesterday evening I finished bringing down most everything I’ll need for the downstairs canning. I’m sure there are things I’ll have to run up and get but, for the most part, I should be ready.
When we moved to Missouri in 2007, there wasn’t room in the sewing room for my big cutting table so we bought a “work bench” at Sam’s Club and I used that for storage and for the cutting table. When we moved to Texas, I had room for the big cutting table but Vince didn’t really want the work bench so I kept it in the sewing room and used it for storage. Here, Vince was going to use it in his shop but then they built in a work bench for him so this one has been sitting in the garage.
It should be perfect for using in here, especially since we already have it and it wasn’t being used. The bottom two drawers on each side are nice and deep. I was hoping the mixer would fit into one of the drawers but it’s too wide. One drawer on the left has dish towels and the shop towels. On the right, one drawer has bags of jar rings. There’s still one large drawer empty on both sides.
On both ends and on both sides of the middle cutout, there’s pegboard for hanging things.
I’m sure it won’t take me long to come up with things to hang on this end. In the center, I have some tools and pots. I will also store the two big canners I use the most in this cutout area.
There are two shallow drawers on each side at the top. One side has zipper bags, Cling ‘N Seal, foil and parchment paper. Also on this side I have jar lids in one drawer.
The other side side has small utensils in one drawer.
I’m really excited to start canning. I’ll wait for the man to bring the milk around 6 a.m. and as soon as he comes, I’ll go down and get started peeling carrots to can.
I moved the Bosch mixer downstairs because I use it for whole wheat bread and I use the food processor, mostly for canning (like shredding the cabbage for the cole slaw I canned a couple of weeks ago). Also, I wasn’t happy with any place I put the grain mill upstairs. I didn’t want to leave it in the sun room where there’s so much sun. I put it in the appliance garage but it was too hard to get it in and out so I put it back on the countertop but I don’t like having so much stuff on the countertop. Since all the grain is stored downstairs and since it’s easier to make the bread closer to where I am most of the time and since baking it at 450 for an hour won’t heat up the house because the door to the garage stays closed, it makes sense to move all that downstairs.
Let the canning begin and let’s see if this plan works as well as I’m hoping.