Canning Dry Pack in #10 Cans

The other day my wife purchased some 25lb bags of split peas from Winco.  They were reasonably priced at about $12.00 a bag.  Since we wanted them for long term storage, I decided to can them in #10 cans.

I am going to walk you through the canning process.  The cans, lids and oxygen absorbers were purchased through our local LDS cannery.  When you purchase your oxygen absorbers you need to buy an oxygen absorber bag clip.  They are used to reseal the oxygen absorber bags.  They will not seal the bag for extended periods (see previous post on testing oxygen absorbers). For those of you who prefer to purchase from another source or who do not have a cannery near them, you can find the canning materials on the internet.

Canning Process

My canning machine is an older hand crank machine that I have had for about 30 years. I started by filling the cans with split peas, leaving a little room at the top for the oxygen absorber.

Oxygen absorbers

For those of you who are unfamiliar with oxygen absorbers, they are a small bag filled with iron powder and a salt mixture.  When they are exposed to air they immediately start to rust.  Rust is a form of oxidation and consumes oxygen.  The oxidation will remove all the oxygen from a #10 can. The oxygen absorbers come in a Mylar bag and have to be protected from exposure to air.  This is where the bag clips come in.

Once the can is full of split peas I placed an oxygen absorber directly on top of the product and set the can lid on loosely.  The can is then set onto the canning machine and raised into place.  Now simply turn the hand crank until the can is sealed. The oxygen absorber in contact with the food will not cause a problem, but do not eat it.


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8 Responses to Canning Dry Pack in #10 Cans

  1. Only Me says:

    Thanks so much for having a great blog – it’s very helpful. While I’m not a prepper I do my best to be a good housewife and saw your post on dry pack canning. Where would someone find the cans and lids for this process? Many thanks. OnlyMe

  2. admin says:

    I have been buying them at the LDS (Mormon) Cannery in my area. Check to see if there is one in your area. You can also find sources on the internet.

  3. Michael says:

    This is just a tip about the canning procedure- I think it is best to put the o2 obsorber in first put the product on top of it and the seal the can, when you take the can off the machine flip it over now the o2 obs. is on the top. You will find that when the can is opened the replacement plastic lid will fit alot better.

  4. kathy havard says:

    cost for these cans

  5. admin says:

    About $1 for the can, lid and O2 absorber

  6. Sandra Dorociak says:

    Please help me! We just found out the Bishop’s Storehouses in the east will no longer be carrying the #10 cans and lids. Where can we get them. I live in NC.

  7. Lori says:

    The LDS food storehouses no longer have the cans or machines. where can I buy cans and a machine?

  8. Lori says:

    where can I find a machine to buy and the cans to do my own canning?

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