Sunday, March 18, 2012

Free Canning Jars - Blessings on the Curb

Bit of elbow grease makes for a new opportunity for food preservation. 


I scored 5 boxes of tall Ball Quilted Jelly Jars last week the day before my street was scheduled for trash pick up. The boxes were piled up in front of a neighbor's house along with glassware, books, and some clothing. Neighbor who I had only really waved to on my travels was purging her father's apartment contents due to his recent death. She was on her front porch taking a smoke so I was able to ask if she didn't mind me rummaging around the huge pile on the hell strip. That's when she told me he had died of complications due to diabetes.

I offered my condolences and thanks for the jars and for the first time we chatted a bit. She mentioned how she always saw me riding around the neighborhood. Then spoke about how much in the past she enjoyed riding. I gave her my card and told her to call sometime we could go for a ride. She didn't seem too enthusiastic perhaps when I drop off a few filled jelly jars I can nudge her to go for a short ride.
When your ready I told her as I pedaled away with the jars bungee corded to my bike rack. She gave a wave with the hand that held her Indian Pride cig and gently rocked on the porch swing.

Two of the 12 packs boxes were filled with what was peaches in heavy syrup and perhaps pureed pears.
No labeling but I wasn't planning on eating the contents anyways, it was all about the glass.

Two boxes worth went to my bbgf (barter buddy girlfriend) as an early Mother's Day gift. The other 3 twelve packs down to the cellar. I need to do some serious canning this year especially since I slacked off last year.

I get allot of stares when I haul cargo home on my bike, not so much when I'm just out & about. It always pays to have the means to carry stuffs on a bike. Being street level usually results in good opportunities and the chance to make new friends.


~~ pelenaka ~~

14 comments:

  1. Was just thinking I should go pump up the tires on my bike....good haul on the jars.

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    1. TY, all it takes is the ability to not care what others think when your digging through someones trash, lol.
      Get on your bike woman before it snows!

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  2. I'm looking for a three wheeled bike with a rear basket. That's a great score on the jars.

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    1. I saw one @ a yard sale last Summer considered getting it for hubby,lol. Sending good karma that you score a great deal on one.

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  3. I saw one of those bikes at a flea market last weekend but it was in terrible shape and they wanted the moon for it.

    Wow, good score on those jars! I have never, ever, in spite of years of dedicated yard sale, estate sale, thrift store, and flea market shopping, found a good deal on jars. Jealous much? Why yes. Happy for you, but a little jealous. Sniff.

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    1. That's because your area cans, lol.

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  4. Great deal! Love it when people get rid of canning jars and give them away for free.

    My husband used to ride his bike 6 miles (6 tough miles, all hills and I mean BIG hills!) to our nearest town for supplies. We lived for 8 months without a vehicle and it was not easy. My knees were just starting to go bad so there was no way I could do it. We had bought 2 of those bicycle carts that parents haul toddlers around in. He went to town with one on the back of his bike. He bought gasoline for the generator, kerosene for the lamps and food and supplies. It took him an hour to get up one tough hill and he is a man in great shape! Needless to say, we could not keep living without one.

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    1. You are absolutely right those hills, Mom use to live in Johnson City. Woods has been toying with the idea of turning one of those child trailers into a cargo trailer. K, I gotta ask why not ride a horse into town? One of you could stay with while teh other shops.

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    2. Don't laugh! When we moved here, that was our intention. Our horses though, are not the type to be ridden into town. Too spirited.

      My husband grew up in Vestal, and he used to ride his horse to the local store for cigarettes (he smoked back then) and tie his horse to the pole outside.

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    3. No, I'm not lol I was being serious because for us everything has to pull it's weight around here on our homestead. I could see how a horse full of himself could pose a problem.

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  5. Ok, not my business. but I gotta ask. Are you dumping those antique peaches, that is, compost-to-be, down your sink?

    P.

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    1. Peaches were heavy syrup (sugar) which would attract ants of which I'm having issues with anyways. Rest assured the antique peaches never made it down the drain no garbage disposal. I have 110 year old pipes so I try real hard.

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  6. Great score!! I just put another plea out on FB for canning jars! No bites, but I am hoping someone will remember me when they do come across some!

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    1. Sending canning jar karma your way !

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Thanks, good to know there are other's with this interest