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The Jelly Jar:  Custom  Canning Labels and Supplies

Several years ago my husband asked me to learn how to can food at home from his mother. We had lived homesteader style, off the grid, on our 10 acres in the country for about 12 years, but due to some health issues I was having we decided to move to a house in town. So now that we had modern amenities like electricity and running water and we also had a large backyard, we started planting a garden every year. 

Since it is hard to grow just enough for two people to be able to eat it all fresh, this led to the need to be able to preserve our harvest and my mother in law has always been an avid home canning enthusiast.  So she taught me how to home can our bumper crops of tomatoes, potatoes, okra, and green beans.  Next I started learning how to can deer meat because my husband is an avid hunter.  I can roast, stew and chili.

From there it was just a hop skip and a jump to canning pinto beans, salsa, jelly, fruits and pickles. And it really can be a time and money saver to be able to preserve lots of varieties of foods that will keep for several years and need no special conditions like being frozen.  All you need to keep your jars of goodness at optimum quality is a relatively cool place out of direct sunlight.

This leads to the story of my new Zazzle niche store.  When a friend suggested I open a niche store she said "What is something you love or know well that you can focus on? Do that."  That got me thinking  and doing some research on Zazzle and it looked like there were not very many people doing custom labels especially for home canning.  I thought how even I would like to sometimes be able to buy colorful and artistic labels to dress up my plain jars when I give them away as gifts.

So my newest shop was born and I named it The Jelly Jar.  It is a small store as of now. I hope to grow it slowly and offer unique designs that you can't find anywhere else.  I am also adding a few other supplies that a home canner can really use, such as recipe binders, kitchen hand towels and aprons. 

I am trying to offer labels for many uses such as traditional food labels for private use, company brand labels for small cottage kitchen businesses and specialty gift labels for occasions like baby showers and wedding favors. 

If you are a home canning enthusiast, whether as a hobby, necessity or business I hope you will drop in sometime and check out my growing selection of supplies and labels and tell your friends about my shop!

If you have ideas for a custom design that I can help create for you don't hesitate to contact me by email at f. shelli @ yahoo . com (remove the spaces) and I will be happy to try to help.

While Zazzle does offer a chat function it is not as polished as my email address so I am not available for the built in messaging you see on my store front. Contacting me through my email address is much more reliable and I try to always respond within 24 hours. 

Cheers and happy canning!

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The Jelly Jar:  Custom  Canning Labels and Supplies


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