Monday, February 25, 2013

Prepare Today Homemade: Mason Jar Water Storage

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This has been my big project at the new house...

 I have slowly been putting my storage room back together.  It is taking forever and the weather isn't helping!  My storage room is a room in the garage, so it gets really cold in there.  I am not one for numb fingers and toes so this project has taken me a long time.  As you can see there is still a mountain of things to put away in the middle of the floor. But I can at least find something now.  It was like a search and rescue mission for awhile every time we needed something in there.  But I love my new space, it is just steps from the kitchen, and it has enough space for everything!!!  

So, today's food post will be the easiest "recipe" EVER!!!  Water is the first and most important item you need in any food storageStoring water can be tricky when it comes to the amount of water needed per person, so this idea will work in any house that has canning jars.  It requires only water and a mason jar.  I first saw this idea on Pinterest and couldn't believe I never thought of it before.  I remembered this idea today when I was stacking all of my empty mason jars in a corner of the storage room, and it occurred to me that it was a waste of space to just store them empty. I took the jars back into the house, filled them with water, wiped off the rims, and screwed the lids back on.  Simple, fast, and keeps the jars clean!!  Now I have water storage and clean jars!! 

Now I just need to fill the other 50 jars and I'll be done with this project too. :)  Remember if you live in earthquake areas to secure your shelves to the wall and to also have a way to hold the jars onto the shelf.  A bungee cord stretched across the front of the shelf, or piece of wood nailed across the front of the shelf will work.


  1. Hi! I just came across your blog and love it! I'm just curious as to why you would store water in mason jars? The cost of the jars is far more than what you would spend if you were to buy regular bottled water and store those? It is also fragile as you mentioned. Wouldn't it be better to save the jars and use it for food items? A 24 pack of bottled water can go on sale from 1.99 to 3.

  2. Thanks for reading the blog!! I should have been clear that I didn't buy any new jars, I only store water in the jars I don't currently have food in. Instead of just storing my empty jars until fall, I keep water in them. I have several other ways of storing water and the 24 packs are one of my favorite ways of having water on hand and ready to use.

  3. Do you boil the water before filling your jars?

    1. I'm probably in the wrong here ;) but I just add plain old tap water. I know of people who actually can the water using their pressure canners. I don't feel that it is necessary to "clean" already clean tap water. If the water source is clean there is no need to do any additional sterilization. This is probably one of those "in your own opinion" situations. Hope that helps :)


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