All my canning jars were used up (how exciting!), save the 8 or so we use for drinking, so I went to Craigslist to replenish my stock. Hell, I found my house on Craigslist, surely I can find some jars. I got in touch with a nice man in SW OKC and he sold me 80 quart jars for 25¢/each! Eighty jars would have cost around $70 (conservative estimate) at a grocery store or online retailer, plus these were used by his mother 30+ years ago. And ya know how I like old stuff. Well, if ya didn’t, now you do.
I have had the best luck buying and selling on Craigslist. What have been your best finds?
And speaking of old things, check out this adorable nut grinder I found at the RINK Gallery! I love retro/vintage kitchen gadgets, but I try to avoid things that are “just for looks.” This cutie actually works; here I am grinding up some pecans for basil pecan pesto.
Oh, and while I’m at it, I might as well share another awesome find. A scale! Remember a while back I mentioned that a scale would come in mighty handy for canning? I was doing the trick where you weigh yourself and then weigh yourself again holding the sack of peaches or whatever. Well, while doing some browsing over the Labor Day weekend, I found this awesome 60+-year-old scale at the Apple Tree Antique Mall in Bethany. There’s something special about “finding” these tools. Tools with a past add to the hodgepodge that is my kitchen.