Monday, April 12, 2010

Have you tried this?

So, after the preparedness fair (see previous post), I had a few leftover wheat nuts and some granola that I wanted to save. I used this vacuum sealing method to vacuum pack my food into quart size canning jars. It is awesome! You can seal and save so many foods that you cannot preserve otherwise (wet pack canning, dry pack canning, etc.). Foods like brown rice, raisins, chocolate, nuts and things that normally go rancid will stay good for years sealed in a jar.

So, me and my little helpers went to work. Kayla (2 years old) was busy filling up my jars.

Lily (4 years old) put on the lid (just the flat lid, not the ring) and then the handy sealing top that you see connected by a tube to my food sealer (it's just a generic version of a Food Saver).

I worked the sealer and here you go-- granola and wheat nuts sealed in jars ready to be stored for a long long time.

The girls and I were having so much fun that we ended up sealing a few jars of chocolate chips and craisins while we were at it. It is addicting! I am excited to start sealing up more food!


  1. What brand is your vaccuum sealer? I saw this post and became very excited to try this with a friend of mine! I didn't even know there was something like this ut there!

    1. Mine is a Rival brand. It is from Wal-Mart. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done. Once you start, it totally gets addicting and you will be looking around for something to seal! You do have to get the adapters for the small and large mouth lids separately. Bed Bath & Beyond has them online for about $10, also the foodsaver website has them.