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Mason Jars, 20 Different Ways to Use Them

mason jarMason jars are another one of those things that we take for granted.  They are easy to get and always seem to be available.  Yet they have so many uses I can’t think of them all.  So I have made a list of the ones that immediately pop into my mind.  After you start thinking about it I am sure you will add many ideas to this list

  1. Canning is the most obvious one. It is the reason that they were developed in the first place. Have lots of jars on hand and don’t forget the lids and screw rings.  Store lots of extras, they will always be good for trade.
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Some tips on how to save food with your FoodSaver

Occasional we taste test various freeze dried and dehydrated  foods.  Since many of them come in #10 cans and there are only two of us, we end up with left overs.  If you leave them in the can with a plastic lid in place they will last for several months.  But some things we may want to keep longer, so my wife has been experimenting with different ways of preserving the left overs.

One of the things that she has been doing is to assemble them into meals in a jar.  These can be given to others to try or just use when you want a quick meal.  …

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Using the New MealSaver for Vacuum Sealing Mason Jars

My wife collects FoodSavers. Not really, she only has three of them and she uses them all the time.  She vacuums seals all kinds of foods and spices in mason jars.  This is the second video she has made on them.  It shows a smaller less expensive version of the FoodSaver that is designed to seal jars and some plastic bags called a Mealsaver.  My wife likes it for sealing jars, because it takes less room on her counter.  The following is a video she made showing how to use it and a trick she learned for sealing fine powders like spices.…

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A Handy Little Item, the JarBox Tote

The other day one of our reader suggested that we do a blog on the Jarbox.

I first discovered the Jarbox at a Preparedness Store in our area and have been using one for some time.  Initially I felt that they were a little expensive at $19.95, the price varies on the internet. Here is a link to their on-line information: www.jarbox.com

But after thinking about it and since I was giving Preparedness classes in our area and I needed to carry some samples of canned goods to these meetings, I bought one.  I had tried using cardboard boxes, but had to wrap the jars and it was very time-consuming wrapping and unwrapping them for a display.  …

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