Some time ago I saw where people were canning water to have on hand in case of an emergency. This made lots of sense to me (why buy water).
However this summer I was doing A LOT of canning and I needed every jar to can actual food, so I did not worry with water. Now as I am emptying jars while feeding my family I am filling them back up with water, since filled jars take up the same amount of space as empty jars. Also if you don’t have your canner full when doing a batch of something else throw in a jar of water to fill it up etc.
I am using my Tattler reusable lids as well as some used lids… DO NOT — USE — USED MEDAL LIDS on actual food, they are not really made to be used more than once, but if they don’t seal I am not out of work, time or money when there is only water in the jar. I have not had any of my used lids not seal on my jars of water.
The process is simple, put hot (I use filtered) water in hot jars, and process in water bath for 10 minutes. If you are just filling your canner up with an extra jar you can process as long as the rest of the batch needs to go. Then Next year when I need my jars I will just empty the water and start over.
This is an easy almost free way to help provide for your families, since we never know when we may be with out power or water for an extended period of time.