Monday, February 2, 2015

An Oldie but Goodie: Using Jar Attachments with Your Vacuum Sealer ... What You Need to Know!


Using Jar Attachments with Your Vacuum Sealer  … What You Need to Know!

In my humble opinion, the jar attachments for my vacuum sealer, I use both the regular and wide mouth size, are as important as the bags I use to seal food in to freeze.  In fact, I would go so far as to say that my jar attachments get used as much as the ‘freezer bags.’  So, let’s talk …

What purpose does a jar attachment serve?

It seals lids on jars giving you the ability to store, long term, grains, dehydrated foods and herbs and some store bought snacks, candies, pasta’s, etc.

Tips and suggestions for using the jar attachments …

If you’re having trouble getting your lids to seal, warm them with a heating pad first. 

Put the lid inside the jar attachment, not on top of the jar, then attach the jar attachment with the lid inside to the jar …  it does a better job of sealing the first time.

You don’t have to use brand new jar lids, used jar lids work just as well as long as there are no chips in the lid.

Suggested items for vacuum sealing:  (this is by no means a complete list)

 Flour – after it’s been in the freezer for about 10 days to make sure all the ‘possible’ insect eggs are destroyed  (I would put a small piece of paper towel in the top of each jar to keep the flour from getting into the tubing.  You will be sealing the paper towel inside the jar.).

Cornmeal - after it’s been in the freezer for about 10 days to make sure all the ‘possible’ insect eggs are destroyed  (I would put a small piece of paper towel in the top of each jar to keep the cornmeal from getting into the tubing.  You will be sealing the paper towel inside the jar.)

Dried Peas

Dried Beans

Pasta

Rice  (not brown rice, because of the oils in brown rice it needs to be dry (pressure) canned)

Dried herbs (I order my herbs from The Bulk Herb Store and/or  from Mountain Rose Herbs)

Dehydrated Vegetables

Powdered Milk  (I would put a small piece of paper towel in the top of each jar to keep the powdered milk from getting into the tubing.  You will be sealing the paper towel inside the jar.) When I vacuum seal powdered milk I use pint jars.  Into each jar I put 1 and 1/3 cups of powdered milk and seal it.  After the jar is sealed, I take a permanent marker and write on the lid or on the jar somewhere … add 3 and ¾ cups water.   Each jar will make approximately 1 quart of milk.  Having it premeasured with the instructions on the jar makes it quick and convenient to make up.

Vegetable Powder  (I would put a small piece of paper towel in the top of each jar to keep the vegetable powder from getting into the tubing.  You will be sealing the paper towel inside the jar.)   I recommend vacuum sealing vegetable powder into half-pint jars. 

Fruit Powder  (I would put a small piece of paper towel in the top of each jar to keep the vegetable powder from getting into the tubing.  You will be sealing the paper towel inside the jar.)   I recommend vacuum sealing fruit powder into half-pint jars. 

Individually Wrapped Candies Purchased from the Store

Tea Bags

Dried Fruits

Milk Chocolate Morsels

Dehydrated Coconut Flakes

I get asked a lot of questions about using jar attachments with a vacuum sealer.  Many are unaware of their usefulness.  I hope this little summary will help answer your questions and introduce you to another way to help keep your pantry well-stocked.

Patsi
A Working Pantry

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