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Discovered 2 new cool things about vacuum sealing jars

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I recently came across 2 more bits of info on vacuum sealing jars.

 

#1 If you have one of those canistertype vacumm seal containers....you can vacuum seal any store bought jar that has the built in sealing lid inside the lid. For example a pickle jar...

 

Just fill the jar with dried food and put lid on..then place it into the larger canisterand vacuum seal the canister.

 

When the canister has sealed, release the pressure on it and the jar inside will have a good sel also. This is great as it frees up Mason jars for canning!!!

 

 

#2 My second discovery was finding this tool to remove lids from canning jars.. I am sure it will come in handy as some lids are very hard to remove. Amazon sells it as well as Miles Kimball

 

http://www.amazon.com/MILES-KIMBALL-Vacuum-Release-Opener/dp/B003XKRPES/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1311390551&sr=8-2

 

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I saw a YouTube about putting powdery stuff, like spices or cake mix etc. in a small jar with a lid (no band) and putting that jar inside the canister and sealing it. If any stuff comes out of the jar during sealing, it's supposed to go in the canister first an not in the Food Saver unit. The inside jar, with the powdery stuff, gets sealed. I haven't tried it but I would. Especially if it saved the life of the Food Saver.

 

I can't find the video but I'll keep looking.

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I saw a YouTube about putting powdery stuff, like spices or cake mix etc. in a small jar with a lid (no band) and putting that jar inside the canister and sealing it. If any stuff comes out of the jar during sealing, it's supposed to go in the canister first an not in the Food Saver unit. The inside jar, with the powdery stuff, gets sealed. I haven't tried it but I would. Especially if it saved the life of the Food Saver.

 

I can't find the video but I'll keep looking.

 

 

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I just tried that and it works great except it does take longer to seal since you are sealing both the jar and the canister. It would probably wear out the vacuum sealer faster...

 

I have cut out coffee filters to fit my reg mouth and wide mouth Food saver attachments. I read that that also helps prevent powder from getting into the motor.

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I saw a YouTube about putting powdery stuff, like spices or cake mix etc. in a small jar with a lid (no band) and putting that jar inside the canister and sealing it. If any stuff comes out of the jar during sealing, it's supposed to go in the canister first an not in the Food Saver unit. The inside jar, with the powdery stuff, gets sealed. I haven't tried it but I would. Especially if it saved the life of the Food Saver.

 

I can't find the video but I'll keep looking.

 

Only works if the powder stays in the inside jar. if it gets pulled out, chances are high that the seal will fail due to the powder being between the lid and the jar. You can cut a coffee filter or papertowel to put on top of the powder in the jar before sealing. Press it down pretty firmly and it should help keep the powdery stuff where it belongs.

 

 

PS> If you ever vac-seal Mac & cheese, the powder kind, be really careful if you put the cheese packet inside the mason jar to vac-seal. I've had one or two pop their seams in the process. the vacuum in the jar makes the pouch puff out (because it has normal atmospheric pressure inside the pouch, though not a huge quantity of air), and the pressure exerted by the pouch expanding can cause a sideseam to fail, spilling the cheese sauce into the main part of the jar. If storing Mac & cheese, better to go the route of packing it into buckets with O2 absorbers. (I'm not doing Mac & cheese either way anymore since the celiac diagnosis, but you can fit 4-5 boxes worth in one half-gallon mason jar if you're careful.)

 

PPS> If you ever want a quick fun thing to amuse the kids, get some marshmallows and vac-seal them. :) makes them puff up HUGE. Then release the pressure all at once and watch them shrivel in an instant. Great for a giggle with younger children. :sHa_sarcasticlol:

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I saw a YouTube about putting powdery stuff, like spices or cake mix etc. in a small jar with a lid (no band) and putting that jar inside the canister and sealing it. If any stuff comes out of the jar during sealing, it's supposed to go in the canister first an not in the Food Saver unit. The inside jar, with the powdery stuff, gets sealed. I haven't tried it but I would. Especially if it saved the life of the Food Saver.

 

I can't find the video but I'll keep looking.

 

Only works if the powder stays in the inside jar. if it gets pulled out, chances are high that the seal will fail due to the powder being between the lid and the jar. You can cut a coffee filter or papertowel to put on top of the powder in the jar before sealing. Press it down pretty firmly and it should help keep the powdery stuff where it belongs.

 

 

PS> If you ever vac-seal Mac & cheese, the powder kind, be really careful if you put the cheese packet inside the mason jar to vac-seal. I've had one or two pop their seams in the process. the vacuum in the jar makes the pouch puff out (because it has normal atmospheric pressure inside the pouch, though not a huge quantity of air), and the pressure exerted by the pouch expanding can cause a sideseam to fail, spilling the cheese sauce into the main part of the jar. If storing Mac & cheese, better to go the route of packing it into buckets with O2 absorbers. (I'm not doing Mac & cheese either way anymore since the celiac diagnosis, but you can fit 4-5 boxes worth in one half-gallon mason jar if you're careful.)

 

PPS> If you ever want a quick fun thing to amuse the kids, get some marshmallows and vac-seal them. :) makes them puff up HUGE. Then release the pressure all at once and watch them shrivel in an instant. Great for a giggle with younger children. :sHa_sarcasticlol:

 

 

 

I dehydrate marshmellows. Either buy the small ones or cut large ones in half. It takes a while and may feel like they are not done...but after cooling they become hard. Makes sort of like Lucky Charm bits... They are very tasty...I actually prefer them dehydrated.

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I have cut out coffee filters to fit my reg mouth and wide mouth Food saver attachments. I read that that also helps prevent powder from getting into the motor.

love this, I have actually wondered/worried about this. Thanks for the tip :bouquet: !

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I just ordered me one of those taller canisters for mine today. I have some glass mayo jars that no matter what I do the vacuum sealer will NOT seal them! I have tried using 2 lids and have done everything and it just wont work. I want to be able to use them like this since I don't pressure can with them. I can't wait to get it so I can seal up some food in my mayo jars now. :D

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I just ordered me one of those taller canisters for mine today. I have some glass mayo jars that no matter what I do the vacuum sealer will NOT seal them! I have tried using 2 lids and have done everything and it just wont work. I want to be able to use them like this since I don't pressure can with them. I can't wait to get it so I can seal up some food in my mayo jars now. :D

 

Have you tried rubbing 'gulf' wax on the rim?

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I just ordered me one of those taller canisters for mine today. I have some glass mayo jars that no matter what I do the vacuum sealer will NOT seal them! I have tried using 2 lids and have done everything and it just wont work. I want to be able to use them like this since I don't pressure can with them. I can't wait to get it so I can seal up some food in my mayo jars now. :D

Now that I think about it...sometimes 2 lids don't work for me either. They usually do, but sometimes no matter what I do I can't get them to seal. I had a heck of a time getting some freeze dried fruit jarred up this year. Let us know how the canister works! I have the smaller one but like you...it isn't tall enough. Time to bring out the big guns!

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Mayo jars have a "thinner" rim than most of the gaskets on your lids. That's why canners quit using them to can with. You just can't depend on them. I had a Mennonite person tell me that the only way he can use the mayo-type jars is to use Ball lids only...but I don't know that for myself :-) Probably gonna have some issues either way you go. I have a huge box of pickle-type jars (mayo?) that MrWE2 picked up at a garage sale a day or two ago, for $3 ... thinking we could use them to dry can some beans and rice etc. We'll see how it works. Janie Pendleton has an excellent youtube video on dry canning beans and rice ONLY! He watched that video with me so when he saw those big jars in a big box, he snapped them up! $3 for about 2 dozen? They'll work or not work...we've probably pittled that much away before :-)

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