How to Vacuum Seal Dry Goods Without Electricity

Though I have demonstrated this method in many videos, I thought it would be a good idea to do a step-by-step in photos on how to easily vacuum seal your dried goods into mason jars without the need of electricity.
 I have found it to work FAR better than using the FoodSaver where it would take me several tries and several lids to finally get it to seal, and then they would still often lose their seals within a month or even a week. The only failures I have had with this method was a result of a bad lid or fine powders in too full jars. 

 Lids that have been used once for pressure or water bath canning typically will work better than brand new lids and can be used over and over again, however, they can still get misshapen over time and simply need to be tossed.

That is another thing that makes vacuum sealing dried goods into jars is the fact that one does not need to toss those metal lids so soon but can get many repeated uses from them.

To clean the permanent marker off the lids when going to reuse, I simply keep a spray bottle full of Isopropyl  alcohol (rubbing alcohol) handy, I spray a bit on the writing, rub in with my finger and wipe off with a dry cloth.

To get started in vacuum sealing your jars,
 you will need is a brake bleeder and a set of the FoodSaver vacuum tops.
Select the appropriate tip for the job
Put the correct sized top over the jar - here I am using the regular mouth mason jar top
Insert the tip from the brake bleeder into the hole on the FoodSaver top and hold in place tightly
While holding the tip in place, hand pump the brake bleeder up to 15 psi
Remove the jar top and check to make sure you have a seal. You should be able to pick it up by the lid without it coming off
Considering these are dried ingredients and not pressure or water bath canned, I put the band on the jar tightly to make sure the lid stays in place. Even if the jar does lose its seal, having the ring on tight should help prevent problems with spoiling or even staleness. I have had some lose their seal after a time when using the FoodSaver machine to vacuum seal but even so, the ingredients inside still stayed fresh for many months.  However, if you have vacuum sealed jerky and you find a seal that has been lost, you better check the meat closely for spoilage.  Thankfully, I have never lost a seal on my homemade beef jerky even after sitting on the shelf for a couple of years.

Here is just one of the many videos in which I demonstrate using the brake bleeder method:

Hope you found this post helpful! Thanks for stopping in Faithful Reader ~Heidi

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