Frugal Canning Tips
Yesterday I canned 2 pints and 6 half pints of salsa from home grown tomatoes and jalapenos.
You can save money several different ways when it comes to canning. Jars can be picked up at garage sales, auctions, estate sales, and thrift stores. Check craigslist, freecycle, and posts on bulletin boards such as church bulletins.
A large stockpot with lid can be used for a water bath canner. In my opinion, buying a true water bath canner is cheaper than buying a stock pot, so unless you happen to have a large stock pot already or find one used, go ahead and buy a true canner.
I already had 1 case of half pint, 2 cases of pint and 2 cases of quart jars. I just needed to buy a box lids. Lids should not be reused. Rings can be if they are not bent or rusty. A box of 12 lids will cost around $2. A box of lids with rings is less than $4.
The only thing I have not been able to find is my funnel and tongs. I learned my lesson yesterday. Never again will I try to do any type of canning without a funnel and tongs made for canning.
When I stopped at Wal-Mart to get more lids I picked up this:
It's the best $6 I've spent in a long time!
What's your favorite frugal canning tip?