Monday, May 24, 2010

Canning jars

Since this project was first conceived about 7 years ago, I have been buying all sorts of period tools, equipment, etc to kit out the scow. Today Patty and I went through some of the many antique or replica canning jars and began washing these out as well as cleaning out a few antique cans. Some of the former are identical to a partial jar I found in 1930 Royal Ontario Museum Centrosaurus quarry in Dinosaur Provincial Park. These jars are timeless in design and thus are perfect for the scow trip. We won't use these jars for actual canning (as the rubber seals made for them are no longer made), but they still have a good glass on glass tight fit which will keep out mice and insects. We'll use these jars for things like dried fruit, nuts, rice, pasta, rice, etc.


  1. Dawn from the frozen northMay 24, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    Hello Darren,

    Just found your blog. I will be eagerly following your progress from Edmonton.
    You were recently asking about recipes from the teens. A few years ago, the Five Roses Flour Company re-issued their cookbook. It was originally published in 1915 and reprinted in 2000. Both Chapters and Amazon carry the book. You might find it useful.

  2. Thanks we'll look for it.

  3. Thanks for the heads-up, Dawn. I just ordered a copy from! : )