My new canning jars, "What are you going to can? Body parts?" - Salsa - and don't forget - Non-Essential Live Stream Tonight

It's a Sunday morning, the sun is shining and it's a brisk 50 degrees out right now, which is perfect because I have the front door wide open and the morning air smells so lovely!  (I also have a space heater going next to my feet under the desk because I'm always cold...)

Yesterday I had plans to stay home and undertake a few tasks and chores.  Instead, I saw on Walmart's website they had a set of canning jars in stock.  The website said it had 5, so I figured if I hurried and got dressed and drove there (about 10 miles) I had a chance of scoring at least 1 case.  

You see, it's impossible to find canning jars right now.  They sell out within minutes online and in stores.  I glanced at the online 'in stock' under the photo and got my butt in gear to go check it out.

I neglected to let my brain comprehend what I was reading.  They were 64 ounce sized jars.  At the time I was so shocked just to see the words 'available' that I didn't stop to ponder the size.

I did after I got there.

Yes, they had 1 case left on the shelves and they were huge.  Like, pickle jar huge.  They are a gallon size, which I don't plan to can anything that size.  But they had 1 case of HALF PINT jars on the shelf as well, so... SCORE!  I love that size for salsa!

I hesitated at the large jars.  No, I didn't really want to can soups or anything that big but... dry storage!  I realized they would be perfect for pasta, rice, wheat berries (un-milled flour) and freeze dried foods once opened, to keep them in a great air tight, organized, uniform sized containers. 

I bought the jars.

I ended up doing a pretty big shopping trip for household items, sewing items, canning items and other boring things like that.  When I got home, I left the canning items on the kitchen counter in anticipation of making salsa today.  When Mr. Coffee got home from work last night he walked into office where I was, laughing.  

"What you going to can!?"  he exclaimed, "Body parts!?"


Yesterday I got a total of NONE of my tasks done that I kinda sorta wanted to.  Other things, but not the things I planned.  So today those are on my task list.

I will soon finish my coffee and go start to make the homemade salsa.

That has to simmer 1-3 hours before I can it so during that time I will be grinding chuck roasts into ground beef and packaging them and food vacuum sealing them for the freezer.

I also hoped to pressure can some butter but we have family members coming over to visit today and to help move a freezer so to be honest with myself, I know I won't probably won't get to that.

Tonight is also the Non-Essential live-stream that I hope I get to tune in for.  (Worship, guest speakers, and insightful casual discussions about Covid-19, the elections and more... will be streamed on nonessential.live from 5:00 – 7:00 PM PST - tonight - Sunday, October 18, 2020.)




 You might be interested in some of the products mentioned in this post, available through Amazon.


Ball Wide Mouth Half Gallon 64 Oz Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 6 



  Meat Grinder Electric, Stainless Steel Meat Mincer, Sausage Stuffer, [2600W Max] Kubbe Maker Kit Included Home Kitchen & Commercial Use 



  Weston 65-1001-W Harvest Guard Vacuum Sealer