Shortly before leaving on the first leg of our fall vacation, I was busy canning, freezing and dehydrating. Despite having a large, walk-in pantry (formerly a bedroom), I still need to use the space frugally. All foods in the pantry are rotated including home canned foods. This requires an organized approach to storage but it ends up saving both time and money in the long run.
I really dislike the new packaging which consists of lids and rings on the jars that are in a half case then shrink wrapped. I understand that this method of packaging reduces the amount of cardboard used and that the plastic wrap is less expensive for the manufacturer but it is less than ideal for the home canner. As a high volume home canner, I use the cardboard cases for storage of both filled and empty jars. The new packaging offers no protection to the tops of the jars even when stacked and the cardboard portion is not as sturdy as the old cases. As far as the new packaging being eco-friendly, although less cardboard is used, the original plastic cannot be recycled so ends up in the landfill.