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Monday, February 21, 2011

~Fruit and Vegetable Ideas Needed~

Good Monday morning friends. I am on a mission and I'm hoping there is someone out there that can help me find what I am looking for. For months now possibly even longer, I have envisioned my oak cupboard in my kitchen
filled with jars of canned goods. I have several jars of dried apples, oranges, lemons and limes currently in my cupboard but I would like to have some jars of other fruits and vegetables to go along with the ones I have already done. There has to be some way to recreate this look without wasting more food.

Friends I ask if any of you know of anyone that could make fruits and vegetables from either material or wax that would hold up over time in jars and look like real food to please comment and let me know where to look? I so want to see my cupboard filled with canned goods. I just know this would look so prim and wonderful.
I am open for any and all suggestions. Just leave a comment at the end of this post. I thank you in advance for any ideas you may have.


  1. Hi, Amy. I don't know of anyone offhand that make fruits or vegetables, but you could problably use Sculpey or Fimo clay to make some. It can be found at craft stores and becomes hard after you bake it. You could roll some green clay into ropes and then cut into pieces for green beans and roll into little balls for peas. You can then pour in some liquid candle gel (maybe tinted a little) to look like liquid. I don't know if it'll work, but it's a thought.
    What about filling some jars with split peas or oatmeal or even some dried corn kernels? Also, dried beans or wild rice? Again, just a thought!
    Good luck with your mission! I hope you find what you are looking for and please post pictures when you get your cupboard filled! I would love to see what you come up with!

    Take care,

  2. Hi, Amy
    Sorry don't know of any~ if I hear of something I will let you know!
    Just wanted to say love the header!spring!!

  3. This is my first visit to your blog, I saw your link on Tiff's blog. I was just going to pass along a thought. How about putting dried beans and grains in your jars until after next harvest? I spend a lot of time in my home, so I like my "work" to be fun. I have put all my grains, beans, sugars etc. into glass jars even though many are just behind closed doors. I enjoy seeing their beauty when I am busy working in my kitchen. I also have some fun crocks and baskets in my pantry that I use as more "display storage". I have also collected smaller size glass containers that I put my spices is fun looking for them when I go thrifting. Just a thought. :)

  4. Amy~ Buy some wax embeds from sellers look on etsy or ebay and buy some of that clear "jelly" wax.Fill the jar with embeds they come in blackberries,cherries whatever you like.Then pour the jelly wax over.It well look real.I did it awhile back but haven't made any for a few years.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  5. Hi Amy, I love the look of canned foods on display. If you find the wax stuff let us know, I might try it too.
    What you have canned looks yummy!!8-)

  6. LOVE the header.
    There is no really good substitute for the real thing. Buy some jars at yard sales or thrift stores. Buy the produce and can things! You can do a water bath process. You can make apple butter or jelly without using any canning process. Crock pot applesauce is so easy! peel and chop apples into a crock pot, add sugar and lots of cinnamon. Crock on low 12 to 18 hours. Spoon into jars. Secure seal and ring. Turn upside down onto a towel for 4-6 hours. Jelly would be the same only it requires pectin. Sweet pickles, too. Cut cucumbers and onions into a pint jar. I have a recipe on my blog for the brine-basically sugar and vinegar--bring to boil, pour over veggies. Seal up and turn upside down on a towel until cool.
    I wish you lived closer. I can every year and wish I had a way to display my wares. I keep mine in a pantry, behind a door!
    Good luck. ★Linda★

  7. I was just telling my mom the other day that I wanted to do the same thing! I am going to try the sculpy clay thing to see how it works. I'll let you know how it turned out after I do it. Good luck!

  8. What a neat idea! I hope you find a way to get the look you want and then you can share it with the rest of us!! Good luck!!

  9. Lots of good ideas! They have faux fruit in the dried flower section of some craft stores too. I store birdseed and nuts in clear jars ~ it looks very pretty.

  10. No clue! But it would look pretty and I hope when you figure out how to do it you will post some pictures!