My kitchen is filled with jars: canning jars as well as recycled jars from spaghetti sauce and mayonnaise and more.
I use gallon-size jars as canisters for different flours, sugar and so on. The smaller jars, half-gallon size and smaller, hold pasta and rice and other dry goods. Others hold dehydrated foods such as chopped onions, peppers, and sliced mushrooms.
All but the gallon-sized jars are vacuum-sealed to ensure freshness and prolong storage life. I use my FoodSaver (affiliate link) to seal the jars.
Canning jars are sealed using the canning jar attachment (affiliate). To use it, just place the top on the jar - you don't need the ring to hold the top on - then set the vacuum seal attachment on top, and press the "Start" button on the vacuum sealer appliance. There are two different canning jar sealers, one for regular mouth jars (affiliate) and one for the wide mouth jars (affiliate).
The recycled jars are sealed using a different method. As long as the jar lid has a "rubber" ring inside, it can be vacuum-sealed. In the photo above, you can see this white ring inside the jar lid.
To seal this kind of jar, tighten the lid on the jar and place inside one of the vacuum canisters (affiliate). They come in a set of three; I choose the canister closest in size to the jar. Attach the hose attachment (affiliate), and push the "Start" button. The vacuum sealer evacuates the air from inside the jar and from inside the canister too. When it's finished, press the button on the canister and open it. The jar inside is now sealed.
The last step is to label all my jars; I don't depend on my memory. Hot peppers can look identical to sweet peppers; chopped red peppers look amazingly like chopped carrots.
Store your jars in a cool, dark place for maximum storage life.
My vacuum sealer gets used a lot, so it always sets on my counter. The canisters and the canning jar attachment are stored in the cupboard directly above it, with the hose inside one of the canisters. Everything is handy and easy to find, so it's simple and quick to seal a jar or a vacuum bag.
Buying Used Canning Jars
Recycled Bottles and Jars
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