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Mason Jar Monday April 13, 2009

Filed under: Mason Jar Monday — Jen @ 11:46 pm
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Tonight I was going to post the adorable easter bunny mason jar that my Mom spent forever making specifically for this post- BUT I am a bad daughter and not only have I not found eyes for him yet but I also left my camera in the car which is at work with my husband so I can’t take and show you any pictures tonight.  SO, next week- Mason Jar Easter Bunny… this week- Pantry Stocking with Mason Jars!

Recently, I have been looking into pantry stocking.  With all the talk about how the economy is going to get worse, I figured instead of complaining- let’s be proactive!  Well, I truly believe that God led me to some pantry stocking resources right when we needed it because after about a month of pantry stocking, my husband had two paychecks which were short and we lived off the pantry stock without crisis for quite some time and still are until his next paycheck.  Why the post about pantry stocking for Mason Jar Monday you might ask?  Because of this!

pantry14and this,

pantry16and this,

pantry7and this,

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and this,

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and this.

Is there any prettier way to stock your pantry than with mason jars?  Seriously.

Here are some of my favorite pantry stocking resources.  Hopefully, they will bless your life as they have mine thus far.

NOTE: These blogs are from mostly Mormon religious background and do not reflect the faith of this blogger but are wonderful pantry stocking resources.

http://theprudenthomemaker.com/ (Thanks to Nancy for referring me to this site)

http://safelygatheredin.blogspot.com/

http://vaughnshire.com/?s=pantry+2009

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6 Responses to “Mason Jar Monday”

  1. Nancy Says:

    I love the “NOTE” at the end! Do you know why Mormons are so big on pantry stocking? It’s because they believe that when the world ends there is going to armageddon for 3 months, in which societies will crumble and resources will be pilfered. Hence, the need for a pantry stock (they usually account for 3 months worth of food). Very interesting… Jason told me about that because his Grandmother was Mormon and did just that!

    Love,
    Nancy

  2. Jen Says:

    That IS interesting! I wondered since a lot of the links to different church websites mentioned that it is required that they have at least so many months of storage and preferably more to help their neighbors. Very interesting indeed!

  3. My husband built custom drawers underneath our basement stairs for my mason jars. I love them! Isn’t canning wonderful when you are trying to stretch out a paycheck and the grocery budget!

  4. beth Says:

    thanks for the link to our site… we’re not morman …..
    we do like the pantry pictures….so pretty ;-)

    i love mason jars…and find them very useful for pantry storage of items like tea bags, dried loose tea, chocolate chips, grain, flour, beans and peas….all sorts of items. Mason jars bring lots of character to your pantry!!

  5. Heidi Fencik Says:

    Very beautiful! Thanks for the ideas!! I agree, the mason jars are really the prettiest way to stock a pantry, and I like the lace edge on the shelves too. My sister-in-law is from Germany and puts lace on the edge of shelves, a simple, but stunning little addition to make us smile while workin’ in the kitchen! Thanks again!

  6. Thank for the link to my site, but as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I’d like to correct Nancy’s views of our beliefs on keeping a pantry, because they are completely incorrect.

    Here are some direct quotes from our church leaders:

    “Home storage is an integral part of the Church welfare program. At one time or another, nearly every family will face accidents, illness, unemployment, or other emergencies when they must depend on their food storage.” Source : http://lds.org/ensign/1986/04/random-sampler/home-storage-how-to-begin?lang=eng&query=food+storage

    “Our Heavenly Father created this beautiful earth, with all its abundance, for our benefit and use. His purpose is to provide for our needs as we walk in faith and obedience. He has lovingly commanded us to “prepare every needful thing” so that, should adversity come, we can care for ourselves and our neighbors and support bishops as they care for others.

    “We encourage members world-wide to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings.

    “We ask that you be wise as you store food and water and build your savings. Do not go to extremes; it is not prudent, for example, to go into debt to establish your food storage all at once. With careful planning, you can, over time, establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve.”
    —The First Presidency, All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Home Storage, Feb. 2007, 1

    Source: http://www.providentliving.org/channel/0,11677,1706-1,00.html

    We believe in being as self-reliant as possible. Having a well-stocked pantry makes good financial sense. For most of history, people have put aside food for the winter (or they would have starved to death; think of the Ant and the Grasshopper story). It is only in the last century, and especially in the last 2-3 generations, where we (society has a whole) has ceased from stocking pantries. Stocking a pantry with items on sale saves money. Home canning your garden fruit and vegetables is making food use of what God has given to you (and providing for your family!) as well as a frugal way to feed your family.

    Why do we do it? It’s called “self-reliance” and it’s as simple as that.


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