Canning jar dating
So now that you’re properly in the canning mood, let’s get to the labels!
These labels were inspired by the cute label designs by Kendra at A Sonoma Garden.
This process was easier and more reliable than the tin lid and wax method.
Although other companies began creating the jars, Mason held the patent, and so the style of jar became known as a Mason jar.
NOTE: Some of the photos say “Dykens Family” but the free downloadable template says “Yummy Homemade.” You’re more than welcome to use this printable canning label template for free with the request that anyone using this template or design post a comment below.
SUN (inside a stylized sun motif) / TRADE MARK - This is a quart size SUN fruit jar with the original lid and a rare original cast iron clamp and cam lever closure!
The jar itself is mint with the usual ground rim (no real chipping during grinding), a lid that just has a tiny bit of roughness (in making I believe) on the lower edge, and no staining whatsoever.
These humble glass pieces were designed for putting up fruits and vegetables in the days before refrigeration.
Hostess Lisa bought large boxes of lovely blueberries, fresh green tomatoes and flavorful apricots from a local farmer’s market.
My revised design involved scanning in a swatch of Anna Maria Small Gathering fabric in citrus…
…then I cropped in close, changed the colors in Photoshop, and typed in the labels.
Not bad considering the adverse circumstances under which they started. Rather than having cloves that get smaller and smaller as they come toward the center, porcelain-neck garlic has between four and eight large cloves which snap off easily from the brittle ("porcelain") center stem. I know you can peel garlic easily by whacking a clove with the flat side of a knife, but frankly these cloves were too big.
I began digging the ripe garlic with a trowel, but soon switched to a shovel. Besides there wasn't all that much of it, so I just peeled it by hand.