January 11, 2012

How to Vacuum-Seal Almost Any Jar in Your Kitchen


My kitchen is filled with jars: canning jars as well as recycled jars from spaghetti sauce and mayonnaise and more.

How to vacuum-seal almost any jar in your kitchen.

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.

How to vacuum-seal almost any jar in your kitchen.

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.

How to vacuum-seal almost any jar in your kitchen.

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).

How to vacuum-seal almost any jar in your kitchen.

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.

How to vacuum-seal jars.

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.

How to vacuum-seal jars.

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.


Related posts:
Buying Used Canning Jars
Recycled Bottles and Jars





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14 comments:

  1. Kathi, I never heard of this before! Oh I would love to be able to do this. What a lovely idea, and what a lovely way to preserve food. Thank you so much for sharing.

    I'm praying for you Kathi. Thank you so much for being so faithful to the Lord Jesus, and may He bless you.

    I praise the Lord as well, for leading me to your blog. May He be with you, and keep you through this trying time.
    In Him, Carra

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  2. Wow! :) That's nice. I hadn't heart of that either.

    May Jesus be with you, Kathi!

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  3. “Managed IT services”9:10 AM

    Fantastic! Best Vacuum Sealer is all I do too. However, I feel like we home cheese makers really lose out on the complex flavours and textures of aged cheeses that are naturally aged. In particular, the drier a cheese gets, the saltier it becomes. Without that saltiness, I'm often left wanting a more definite taste of 'sharp' than I can get from a vacuum sealed aged cheese.

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  4. Wow... it's look so delicious! Thank you for your post.

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    1. You're welcome, Sarah. I'm glad it was helpful.

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  5. I’m thinking of buying this model for my household to save left overs and avoid throwing away perfectly good foods just because they grow stale out in the open air.

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    1. I really like this model, Sam. I hope yours will serve you well too.

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  6. I think many people in the kitchen need a professional food vacuum sealer, because it will make your food stay fresh, so your body more healthy

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  7. FoodSaver is much better than other brands. I bought one of them and till now I'm so happy because of that decision. Thank you for sharing this post Kathi!

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    1. The FoodSaver is the only brand I have any experience with, Nana, and I'm extremely happy with it. It is a workhorse in my kitchen; it sounds like yours is too. :-)

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  8. Great tip! I have a vacuum sealer,but I don't know this use of it.I wish I knew this tip sooner. Thank you, Kathi, keep up the good work!

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    1. Learning this tip is game-changing, Abigail. All those empty jars in the kitchen are even more useful now!

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  9. I found your site last night through Pinterest. I picked up a seal a meal at the thrift store yesterday for $3 and came with the hose attachment. It sealed a bag of noodles, so I hope the attachment port works for the mason jar (that I just purchased). Then, i'll be brave to purchase the canisters to start reusing jars. Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. What a deal, Sarah! I hope it works for you!

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