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Using a FoodSaver Jar Sealer

FoodSaver

The Foodsaver Jar Sealer in use

Recently we were at a garage sale and bought a FoodSaver for ten dollars.  It worked fine, but my wife wasn’t to excited about it because of the cost of the bags.  Well the other day she got the attachments for it to vacuum seal mason jars.  It was like a kid with a new toy at Christmas.  She and a friend played with it most of the day.

It is simple to use.  You fill up a jar with the product you intend to store, put a canning lid on top of the jar. …

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Canning for Summer, are You Ready

The time is near where you will be using all the kitchen implements again for canning, dehydrating, juicing or your pressure cooker.  Now is the time to check for worn and cracked lids or pots that may not seal tight. Everything should be checked and cleaned and ready for the new season.  I stuffed most of mine in the garage and I know they will need washing and I need to check the pressure cooker valve, also.

And of course all the little items that go with them, so you can find them faster. For canning, you have the jar holder, funnels, stick to push the food down in the jars and of course, the magnetic stick for the lids you take out of the hot water. …

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Oxygen Absorbers

I often see all types of questions on the use of oxygen absorbers and Mylar bags, so I thought it was time to write a blog addressing some of them.

I use a simple rule when I pack food in Mylar bags and buckets.  If it is a number 10 metal can or a one-gallon Mylar bag, I use a 300 cc oxygen absorber.  In all the packaging I write about, I will use the 300 cc O2 absorber.  The reason is I get them from an LDS cannery that is convenient for me, and that is the only size they carry. …

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Learn from Living History

 

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am getting older.  As I reflect back over the years, I think of how we used to do things before the easy availability of power tools.  When I was a child skill saws and power drills were not common.  I watch a carpenter today and I see nail guns, skill saws, electric screw guns and drills.  The same thing applies to gardening and farms.  Do I want to go back to doing things the old way, no.  When it’s time to plant a garden, I love my rototiller.

My father as a child

But what happens when the power fails and someday it will. …

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The Best Book on Preserving Food

I have a copy of the book “So Easy to Preserve” published by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.  This is the best book I have found on the subject of preserving food. This book contains the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture recommendations for safe food preservation. So Easy To Preserve is a 375-page book containing 185 tested recipes. Sections include Preserving Food, Canning, Pickling, Jams and Jellies, Freezing and Drying.

The canning section covers processing meat, soups, fish, vegetables and fruits.  The section on pickling includes pickles, vegetables, peppers, sauerkraut, fruits, relishes, and eggs.  Jams and jellies are covered in detail. …

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