My Favorite Tool
hat is my favorite tool? I get asked that a lot, and if I think about it, my pocketknife comes to mind, then my Felcos, my fence hammer, then my hoe. But if I really think about something I use everyday in many forms, jars come to mind. Mostly canning jars in all shapes and sizes. I use them for canning, of course, but I use them for freezing foods too. Butter, colostrum, lard, pesto, peas, corn, seeds, herbs and spices all find their way into jars for the freezer. Canning jars are useful too for dry storage, I can see in them, I always have lids that fit, and the jars are sturdy. It’s also helpful to me to know what quantities of what I have. A quick look in the pantry will tell me if I have two pints of calendula infused oil, or one. It makes it easy to know how many jars of what size I need when I make that infused oil into salve. My life is filled with equations of 1/2 cup to a gallon recipes.
Besides every size and shape of canning jar in my stash, I have jars for the home dairy part of the kitchen. Wide mouth gallon and half-gallon jars, in addition to wide mouth half-gallon canning jars. I like the half gallon canning jars for our whole milk we drink, and prefer the wide mouth gallons for milk that gets set aside for skimming.
I miss the days when you could buy goods in a canning jar or some type of useful container. Now everything is designed for single use to keep you coming back for more. Sigh.
What’s your favorite durable tool that you use everyday or quite often?