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Old 01-04-2014, 10:02 AM   #1
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Mason jars

I do a lot of canning, and just love Mason jars. How are they for storing things in an Escape (aside from heavy and breakable)?

This website was interesting, and I did sign up for a pledge for Mom's hangers. I want to try it in my house, but maybe it would be a good solution for Escape kitchen storage.

Thoughts and suggestions?

PS - I'm NOT promoting this item - just thought it was a good idea
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:17 AM   #2
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I've read where folks use old socks to cushion glass items, like wine! Pull an old (yeah clean) sock over the items and it prevents them from clinking together under tow. Should work for mason jars as well. On the 21' and 5er, the lower cabinets are in front of the wheel wells, so the storage is perfect for canned goods and the like. Keeps the heavy weights close to the floor. Maybe that storage will work for you as well.

The website you've pointed to... that's a cool storage option. But, I'm thinking "fruit room" rather than a towable that's been called "An earthquake going down the road."
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Old 01-04-2014, 11:03 AM   #3
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Donna's sock idea is spot on! You can make two out of an adult sock - one from the leg (sewn shut after you cut it off) and one from the foot (hemmed). I call them "jar bags".

In our old camper, our refrigation was limited to a small, inefficient, electric cooler that liked to drain our batteries (despite a solar system) and did NOT cool enough when in hot areas to safely keep meat. I researched & started pressure canning our meals (chilies, stews, etc.). We never had a single jar casualty, they were all "socked" and carefully packed in their place where they didn't have significant extra room.

This camper was on a 1.5 tonne off road truck that can go ANYWHERE, and did. We never rolled it, but things got banged around pretty badly...
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While mason jars are perfect for canning, and for storing other items if you have the room for them. In our 19, we make most decisions on what we bring by volume and weight, and glass jars for the most part do not work for us (not that we don't end up with a few anyway).

With mason jars, and eating the preserves out of them, you are left with the option of having to carry the empties around with you after consuming, or leaving them for recycling.

Of course for the most part, I refer to longer trips. For weekend trips they would not be a big deal at all.

I like the sock idea. Another thing is to keep the jars tight together so they can't bang against each other.

Those storage racks are neat, but a nice set of shelves will certainly hold more jars.
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Thanks Donna. I've been seeking new uses for old socks.
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Old 01-04-2014, 01:06 PM   #6
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Thanks everybody - the sock idea is neat, because my dryer seems to eat one sock out of each pair. I heard at one time that disappeared socks turned into wire clothes hangers which tangled themselves when the closet was closed.
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You don't even have to save up old socks if you need several. I once bought a huge bag of those horrible never-should-have-been-invented tube socks for next to nothing to safeguard torch chimneys that were used only once a year for evening candlelight services.
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Old 01-04-2014, 02:39 PM   #8
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I like the sock idea. Another thing is to keep the jars tight together so they can't bang against each other.

Those storage racks are neat, but a nice set of shelves will certainly hold more jars.
Here a couple of mason jars storing coffee in my 19' kept tight together so they won't bang around...the plastic screw-on lids are handy..

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I like the jars and Love the mesh baskets.
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We've used socks for years. Bought a bag of cheap tube socks at Walmart. Work great. Never had anything in the cupboards break (me dropping it is a whole different story)

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