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Discussion in 'Farming, Gardening, & Homesteading' started by Sally Rudd, Oct 23, 2018.

  1. Sally Rudd

    Sally Rudd Well-Known Member

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    Some time ago I ordered a Freshsaver Handheld Vacuum Sealer and a set of Jar Sealers, mainly to seal jars of home dehydrated veg and fruit. The frozen peppers, mushrooms and onion I have dehydrated over the last week have been stored in jars and the jar sealer used in conjunction with the handheld sealer. It worked very well and has created a nice tight seal on the jars. You don't even need the hose. It will also be handy to seal saved seed in a jar as well as dried beans and other things. I might get some of the bags and make up some little kit bags and vac seal them.
     

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  2. twp

    twp Moderator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    I like these, compared to the plastic bag type savers. The jars are reusable ant they don't get holes like the plastic bags do.
     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    I have not heard of these before and I agree with @twp. How do they hold up?
     
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    Sally Rudd Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to check the seals at the weekend. I tried a bag sealer and bags to store dehydrated food, but I found the sharp edges on the dried veg cut through the bags in storage. Sealing in a jar solves this problem.
     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    I have had this same issue as well. The jars make a whole lot more sense. I'll be looking forward to your feedback.
     
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    twp Moderator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    Sally, I've had some luck reusing sauce jars for hot canning things like beans and rice. I boil the lids to soften the seal and screw them onto the filled, hot jars. Do you know of the jar attachments will handle a smaller lid sizes, ie. not a standard canning jar lid?
     
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    Sally Rudd Well-Known Member

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    I'll give it a go, but I don't think it will work because of the screw action.
     
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    twp Moderator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    Sally, I thought about it and you're correct, the lid needs to "float" to allow the vacuum to remove the air. The screw lid will not work... rats...
     
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    Sally Rudd Well-Known Member

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    My thought too twp. only I struggled to put it into words:oops::D
     
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    hypnos Well-Known Member Survival Class Instructor

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    Awesome, sally!
     
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    Sally Rudd Well-Known Member

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    The seal is still good and I have put the jar of onions to the back of the cupboard to see how long they will keep. Normally I get a couple of years from home dried veg stored in a jar with an oxygen absorber so I'm really hoping this method will do the same and I can eliminate the cost of the oxygen absorbers, which are hugely expensive over here.

    To Add, my storage is based on a rotation system and from experience the longest I have stored food is a couple of years before it's used and replaced.
     
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    hypnos Well-Known Member Survival Class Instructor

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    I've heard of people using "hot hands" disposable handwarmers as O2 absorbers. Sound logic I think, great post Sally!
     
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