Well local pears finally went on sale.. In the end, I put up 40 pints of pears, five pints of pear juice and feed out a good amount of cooked trimmings to the both the chicken flock and the pig..
There are more over on a different counter but you get the idea.. I thought.. hmm, how am I going to turn a day of pear making into a post of the blog.. I got it.. lets find out if I saved any money..
So these are all based on my local jars prices, how long I tend to keep jars for, the cost of lids that was bought by the case on sale, sugar was also bought on sale and I made sure I am doing as much canning as possible on the weekend to get the lowest power costs for the stove as I can get.
So each pear cost me 29 cents, and it took 3 pears approx. per jar for pear cost per jar to be 87 cents.
- Jar – .10 cents (one I buy jars on sale, two I look after my jars and they on average last me at least 10 years, I also try to find jars at second-hand store etc.)
- New Lid- .11 cents ( I am dreading when I use up my large stock pile and have to replace it with today’s current lid prices, if I had bought new lids yesterday it would have cost 16 cents a lid instead of .11)
- Power costs – .7 cents per jar
- Sugar- 5 cents per jar (Only because we were able to get a good sale on sugar this fall. The sugar has been running about 1.50 higher per bag at full price)
So that brings my total costs to 1.20 per Pint.
Now I know that if you bought a pint jar of canned pears at the farmers market locally, you are looking at six dollars a jar.. so that would mean a savings of 4.80 cents per pint, or a total of 192.
But lets switch over to the store.. the large can of pears at the store that is Del Monte is current at 2.69 plus our tax for a total of 3.03
So my 1.20 a jar of pears now saves us 1.83 X 40 jars means that we saved 73.20
I would do it just to control how much sugar is used, knowing that its fresh local Ontario pears and so forth.. but the savings is nice as well.
Ps, yes I know that I am not paying myself for my time but then again, I am also not trying to figure out the difference in buying local pears, processing at home and in jars etc vs the costs of canning in a different country, not local fruit.. shipping the cans by road.. you get the idea at least I hope..
I know that the output to get all the canning gear costs but those are sunk costs for me at this point. I know that for someone just starting out that this would need to be included but I think they should still consider breaking it down over the years and over the jars life 🙂
Happy Sunday to you all..