There’s a whole slew of things that I want included in my food storage pantry, but many of them don’t lend themselves well to the canning process (chocolate!), can’t be dehydrated (walnuts!), or aren’t a great candidate for the classic 5-gallon bucket (sunflower seeds!).
Packing these foods in canning jars and then using a vacuum sealer, such as a Food Saver, to store them long-term is super easy.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A vacuum sealer. I use the Food Saver just because they’re readily available in stores such as Walmart and Target as well as on Craigslist and eBay and because its accessories are also easy to find.
- An accessory hose that connects the vacuum sealer to the jar sealer. This hose came with my Food Saver
- A jar sealer, either wide-mouth or regular-mouth, depending on the jars I’m using.
- Canning jars with lids (no need to use the rims)
- Dry food
I demonstrate this simple process in this video:
Here are just a few things that can be vacuum packed using this method:
- nuts and seeds
- flaked coconut
- coffee beans
- small amounts of any dry food for people storing food for just one or two persons
- bread crumbs
- dry milk
- raisins and other dried fruit
You could also vacuum pack small metal items, such as sewing needles, that might rust in a humid environment.
Just be sure to store these jars in a dark location and take precautions against breakage.