Organization is your best friend you know!
Organizing a Garden and Pantry Journal is a great idea for convenience and a wise idea for improved production.
Get a three ring notebook and dividers for the materials included.
The first time I decided to keep a canning record it was VERY simple. I had a piece of notebook paper that I wrote down the date and what I canned that day.
At the end of the season it was kind of fun to count up how many jars I canned. I was shocked at how much I did... a little at a time and it really added up.
NEW! The Pantry Journal is now editable. Personally, I print the journal up and write it down as I go. My Journal is on a shelf in my kitchen ready for me to pick up at a moments notice and jot down what I want to remember.
However I am aware that in this computer age, many folks like to keep it all electronically.
If you plan on using the pantry journal as an electronic record keeer, I suggest you save a copy as your master copy. Then save it again renaming it with this year. For example your main copy will be Pantry Journal, then your copy for this year will be Pantry Journal 2014.
This way next year you can save the master copy again as Pantry Journal 2015. Each year you will have a fresh copy to work with and can save each year as you go.
If you are like me and like a paper copy, just print it up and place in a 3 ring notebook. Next year reprint the work pages, no need to reprint the instructional pages.... unless you want to.
The first year was a guess as to how many jars to make of each type of food. The second year I simply looked back at last year’s list and noted what I ran out of early and planned to make more.
I’ve included information on the 5 simple steps I use to figure out how much to preserve for my family. Use my handy fill in the chart worksheet to help you figure out YOUR families needs.
Handy reference sheets.
A calendar helps to track things too.
It might not seem important to track what the dates were that you canned. But I found it helpful to look back at last year’s list and see what dates I started canning certain foods. I can assume that these foods will be in season at approximately the same times this year. I can plan around these dates.
Freezing and Drying Records
Many canners also
preserve foods in other ways too. So I
also include ways to track these activities too.