you get more than you bargained for.
My cleaning and decluttering frenzy had some unexpected results. When I get busy canning I sometimes just stick the jars of food on my shelves willy nilly just to get them out of the way. The shelves are now nicely organized. I found that I have one entire shelf ( 48 inches long by 18 inches deep) of just chicken. Either I am the poster child for buying chicken on sale or my memory has deteriorated to the point where I don't remember just how much chicken I have canned. Anyway, I have left open spaces to fill in the foods I am getting low on. But basically both shelving units (same size shelves, six per unit) are full.
And the jams and jellies are in another cupboard.
And I haven't canned pickles yet. Or cheese sauce. Or soup. Or chili.
I gotta buy another shelving unit. I found one that is the same brand as the two I already have. It is 36 inches long with the shelves at 18 inches deep. I think it will fit in a corner of my living room. I can hang a quilt on it for camouflage. Oldest Son said he would pick it up for me and help me put it together. We are supposed to get hot and humid weather starting tomorrow, so I think I will wait until it cools down some. I don't like to can when it is so hot. It doesn't take much to make this little apartment steamy. And Son is no spring chicken any more. Huffing 75 lbs. of shelving in a box up the stairs will be a bit easier if the stairway isn't over 90 degrees warm.
I am not complaining, mind you. I am delighted to have my shelves overflowing with canned food. I use it on a regular basis. When the weather is hot like this, it is nice to be able to open a jar of soup, heat it up in the microwave and keep the apartment cool. Other times I always have the makings of a meal just by opening a jar or two. That's what my parents and grandparents did. I think they were on to something. :)
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