Canning Tools and Stuff Storage

A couple of years ago a coworker decided to get rid of this cute entertainment center. I offered to take it off her hands, thinking it would fit perfectly in our second-floor hallway. I pictured it with added shelves, holding sheets and towels.

Well, it’s heavy, and we’ve never managed to get it up the stairs! Since it came home it has held arts and crafts in my home office. It was useful, but it took up a lot of space.

I decided to move it out over the summer, again wanting to get it upstairs. As we stood in the landing, looking up, we nixed that idea.

But wait! Canning supplies! I have two pressure canners, a steam juicer, and innumerable tools, bits, and pieces hiding in cabinets and drawers.

So we moved it into the kitchen, covering the right door of our French doors. What I’ve lost in natural light, I have happily gained in cabinet space. After adding pegboard and a couple dozen Command hooks, my canning center is complete. To a noncanner, it looks junky, but that’s ok. To me, it’s perfect! How do you store your canning supplies?

canning storage

canning storage

On the left door I have measuring spoons, cups, dishers, a pastry blender, and dough rings.

On theĀ right door I have a bubble remover, canning tongs, kitchen twine, funnels (glass, stainless steel, and filtering), strainers, skimmers, ladles, and an apple corer.

On theĀ top shelf, rubber gloves, rolling pins, flour-sack towels, canning towels and washcloths, (stained, mostly, but clean), and pressure regulators.

The main shelf holds a steam juicer and two pressure canners.

The wall behind holds a strainer, lemon juicer, potato masher, apple peeler, pineapple corer/slicer and sectioner, a food mill, odd-size measuring spoons and cups, a second set of measuring cups, and four (yes, four!) extra jar tongs.

Bottom left is a dehydrator, mandoline, and two box graters.

The bottom right is a cherry pitter, a “box” to hold rings, and a small dish of lids that were opened and not used.

*** This site is comprised solely of the opinions of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She works to promote gardening and tourism in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.***

13 comments to Canning Tools and Stuff Storage

  • Athanasia

    Oh, this is super nice. You are lucky. My stuff is here and there. Mostly here, being kitchen, in the canning season, then off season in basement. If I need things, for example, in January to make marmalade, just get back up then what I need. But from July through Mid November, upstairs, on the counter, cases of jars lining the dining room wall. I just leave the small water bath canner on the back burner then, but the pressure canner sits in the dining room until needed. In the basement we have built in cupboards for all the supplies, cases of jars, and the finished food.

    Now my cooking/baking supplies have a drawer of their own…the dry measuring cups (I have 3 sets) and the measuring spoons (I have 5 sets) are in the front 1/3 of the drawer and the scoops are in the back 2/3 of the drawer with things like ladles, tongs, whisks etc. Then a shallower drawer holds flat stuff like spatulas and small utensils like egg separator.

    The glass measuring cups (4 sizes) are in the cupboard with all the pie pans and bread pans, cake pans etc. The food mill is in a cupboard over the ovens with bulky items like the waffle maker, 2 box graters, the chopper, apple peeler, ricer.

    What kind of cherry pitter do you have? And what is in the lower R hand section that looks like a grid with silverware sticking out of it?

  • This is inspirational! My canning and dehydrating gear is shoved in nooks and crannies all over the house.
    I am going to start looking at these with new eyes!

  • janice

    Brand of pressure canner and is that different than a pressure cooker? Excellent set up, saving for reference

    • Well, a canner may be a cooker, but a cooker may not be a canner. This link will give you more guidance on the difference between a pressure cooker and a pressure canner: NCHFP. I have an All American and a Presto. Both work equally well. I prefer the All American because I can put up 19 pints at a time. The Presto is lighter and more convenient if I just have a few jars. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Cathy

    This is so cool. Right now, I do have an old wardrobe from a nursing home out in my utility room that I store seldom used stuff in and it holds the canner and stock pots. and one drawer holds new flats and rims, but the old rims and my utensils are in a drawer in the kitchen, jars in the basement, food mill and apple peeler in the pantry. . . in other words, all over the house. Now wondering if I can fit a small entertainment center in the utility room also, would be so nice to have it all in one place.

  • I wish I thought of something like this when I used to can. Ingenious use of the entertainment center!

  • Kathy

    I see people comment on things in their basement…I envy you because I live in Ga., no basement. So my canning supplies are on a 5-shelf rack in what was our garage . As is my canned goods. I love the idea of using the entertainment center…Goodwill/Thrift Stores here I come browsing for ideas.

  • Deb Draves

    This is an amazing idea! I have a 50’s kitchen so not much cupboard space. I love to bake and can. I might need to transform two of these. One for each. Thank you thank you

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