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That Feeling...

July 23rd, 2016 at 12:12 pm

I'm getting that feeling I get about this time of the year.

No, it isn't horrible, just a feeling that while I'm canning, I might run of out jars. I have stocked up, washed up, and been buying jars at garage sales.

I always think I have enough, but sometimes we get more bounty than I have jars. A good problem to have.

Part of the problem is I sometimes share stuff with folks, and I ask them to please return the jar and the ring when they are done. One couple is faithful about doing so. But so many aren't.

Am I the only one who has this issue?

8 Responses to “That Feeling...”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    When I return jars and rings to people who have given me canned goods, they act surprised. Thanks for reinforcing my feeling that they should be returned!

  2. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Not jars but cake tins!! It annoys me when people don't give them but my husband says when you give someone food you give them what it came in also. Happy to say my sister feels the same way so she returned a cake tin to me.

  3. lirpalynn Says:

    I always give back the jar/food container! And like CB, most people are surprised. I had once heard that you never give a container back empty... so when my boss gave me a jar of homemade salsa his wife made, I made sure to fill it with some candy I knew he liked when I returned the jar. Wink
    There are poems online that some people use. Here is one I found:
    "Please enjoy
    and I'd be thrilled
    with the return of the jar
    so it can be refilled."

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    I don't care if they return them empty, so long as they return them. I only give to people I can be blunt with so I flat out say that those who don't return the jars won't get any more goodies from me in the future. I always get the jars back. But a lot of people I know don't. They are more polite than me about it.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I have a container someone let me use months ago to take some food home ... I had it setting on my counter at apartment, and now my house, hoping to remember to take it with me...

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Love the poem, lirpalynn!

    I'm with you, LuckyRobin...I don't care of they refill the container, I just want it back.

    FrugalTexan, bet you remember now!

    CB in the City...you are doing the right thing. My mom used to can and she would remind me to return the jar, keep the lid and ring too. The lid I would put upside down so she'd know to throw it away when she was canning that is couldn't be reused, but until she did, it kept the inside of the jar clean.

    VS -- too bad you don't live close...one of the thrift stores here is having a Christmas in July sale and they had a sale on Christmas tins...buy one for 25 cents, get 2 free. Most were like new!

  7. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Both my sisters have given back far more jars than I've given them, so that makes up for the other people who don't return. Yesterday we went to the orchard and found the next door neighbor had mowed it for us. They've never returned a jar, but, dear Lord, the mowing is worth several cases of jars! It was 100F and 60% humidity when he mowed. He then brought over a bucket over water for the newly planted seedling tree. What a neighbor! Of course we invite him to pick as many fruits as he likes with his kids.

  8. bennyhoff Says:

    For a bit I had this issue, but now I have extra jars, and this year due to a miserable May I have almost no fruit. I have one pear tree that is always having too many fruits but this year its bare - weird to look at really. And the apple tree is almost as bad. The other trees didn't do well either. Hopefully next year the canning will back in force.

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