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My Lid Storage Solution

February 26, 2013 - Written by Diana

Finally, finally, finally, I figured out the solution to the lids that are constantly being vomited out of my kitchen cabinet. Truly, it’s been an issue since we moved to the house and I found the perfect solution for my tiny kitchen in a hardware place.  It’s a Husky Clickbin – The bins stack, but have tabs in the bottom that pull out and click into place.  These tabs help to secure the bins when they are stacked.  The front of each bin has a semi-open front where you can put the lids you use most often for easy grabbing.

Truthfully, when searching for lids we pull the bin out and lift them apart to find the correct lid, there’s no getting around that part of it.  But we are not digging through a massive pile of falling lids to find the one that fits correctly.  My husband wouldn’t search for a lid in the old method; he’d use a plastic bag, plastic wrap, a towel – anything but wouldn’t bother searching for the lid.  Now, no problem, my husband finds a lid every time, not just searches for the lid, but finds one every time.

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Disclosure – This is not a sponsored post – I found these lovely sanity savings bins myself and paid for them and they work for me.

 

 

Canning Tomato Sauce

September 9, 2009 - Written by Diana

My end of summer chores involve making different stuff with all of the tomatoes we have.  A long time ago (I’m aged) I bought a Victorio Strainer 200.  It was so worth what I paid for it and is still working perfectly fine, probably because there aren’t any electronic parts or electricity involved, just crank power.  There are many different versions of this useful gadget, all are good.  My sister has something she calls a Foley Mill – that one looks like more work, but I’m sure works fine.

Victorio strainer 200 First you clean and cut up the tomatoes so that they fit into the hopper.  Turn the crank, and push the tomatoes down with the plunger.  The tomato juice and pulp will come out of the side and the seeds and skin will come out the end. When we have enough skin and seed in the bowl we’ll put it through the hopper again, in order to squeeze as much pulp out as we can.

After the tomatoes have all gone through the strainer, either put the pulp and sauce into a pot and simmer down to half or put it into a big baking pan and simmer down to half in the oven.

Then the canning begins.  You can either put jars into water in a vat on the stove and heat them up that way, or as I do in the dishwasher.  I also clean the rings for the jars too.  In a much smaller pot, you heat up the lids in water.  

Place eight(?) jars on a rack in a boiling water bath, lower into the pot, cover with lid and simmer for about 10 minutes. Take the pot lid off for about 5 minutes, raise rack, remove jars and place on a towel to cool.  Don’t retighten the rims.

Tomato Sauce and Canning Tools

My recommendation for a good primer on canning is the Ball Blue Book.  I have other books on preserving and canning that I use and think are great, but for starting out, this is the best hands down. The tools I use for canning are in the picture.  This is a new kit that I bought.  I had some of the tools already, but the tongs and jar lifter were misplaced, and I never had a lid magnet before so I ordered this one.  I’m going to put this away with my other canning things so that it will be all together when I need it.  Otherwise family members use the different tools for their needs and they go missing.