I was mortified today when my friend asked to use my bathroom. I knew it was bad, but not that bad!!!
I guess that is what happens when you have 4 boys and no maid. I think I’m putting one on my Christmas list this year!
Not only one was my friend exposed to the horror in the bathroom, but the food bomb that went off throughout the entire house. She couldn’t help but ask “what the heck are you doing,” so here is the answer to her question!
Preserving Favorite Foods!
I hate shopping, but today I did my once a year shopping and think I bought out Sams. Here are some of my favorite purchases of the day – chocolate & nuts! I’ve always wanted to preserve them so today I finally did. I can’t believe I’ve had the FoodSaver for over a year now and am just barely getting around to using it. So easy to use and very fast!
- Jars – Check out these size jars I found at HEB, love them! They are – Pint & Half Jars. Whenever I make cookies I usually double the recipe, so I just need to use one of these jars to get just the right amount of chocolate chips.
- Food – Whatever you want that is shelf-stable, nothing that needs refrigeration!
- FoodSaver – It can be any sealer, it just needs to have a port-hole to vacuum seal!
- FoodSaver Hose – You need one of these if your FoodSaver does not come with one.
- Jar Sealer Attachment – Make sure you get the one that goes with your jars! (Wide-Mouth Jar Sealer, or Regular-Mouth Jar Sealer)
1- Poor food in jars about 1/2-1 inch from top.
2– Put on lid – not the ring!
3– Attach Hoses and place Sealer over Jar.
4– Press the button – Vac/Seal
5– Wait for the lights to turn off and then remove the hose and lid from jar.
6 – You now have food for 3+ years!
In my shopping spree I came upon these jars. I never knew they existed, but I quickly snatched a few since I thought they were a perfect size for chocolate chips!
I use all wide-mouth jars because it’s easier to put food in, and I’m able to use the same lids & rings for any jar I have. My husband says I’m a little OCD when it comes to having everything the same, but I think it looks nice. Plus, who said food storage can’t be pretty too?
What Foods Can Be Vacuum-Sealed?
You can jar any food using this method as long as it sits on your shelves, nothing that needs refrigeration. So for all those foods with high oil, moisture, or sugar content this is your solution! This method can significantly increase the shelf life of foods for up to 3-5 years by doing this.
The options are endless, but here are other things you can seal:
- Chocolate Chips
- Candybars (Including Halloween Candy ;)
- Raisins, Dried Apricots
- Brown Rice
- Poppy Seeds
- Granola Bars
- Egg Noodles
- Dehydrated foods like mushrooms
Pour it into the jar about .5-1 inch from the top and you are ready to go!
*NOTE: When vacuum sealing fine powders or foods that can mess up your machine, put food into a zip-lock in the jar, squeeze as much air out, and then zip lock it before sealing. You can also try cutting a piece of paper to fit over your lid before vacuum sealing. This should help with keeping any particles from messing up your machine.
Now put the lid on, but NO ring.
Just in case you were wondering:
- Chocolate Chips – I used the 72 oz bags (4 lb 8 oz) and was able to fill 4 & 1/2 of the pint & half jars (24 oz jars) with each bag.
- Nuts – Each bag of Walnuts, Pecans, Almonds was about 32 oz (2 lb or 8 cups) and I was able to fill 5 pint size jars (16 oz jars) with each bag.
Attach All the Parts:
- Insert one end of Accessory Hose into Accessory Port
- Insert other end into port on accessory
- Twist tab on Accessory Hose while inserting to ensure a tight fit. (I didn’t have it inserted all the way the first time and it took forever to seal and then I realized it didn’t seal at all, so make sure each tube is fully in!)
- Close lid & rotate Latch
Put the lid on the jar all the way and press the Vacuum & Seal button.
When the motor and Indicator Light turn off, vacuum process is complete. It takes about 15 seconds total.
The great thing is the jar can be opened and resealed over and over again, and if you take the lids off carefully, they can be reused forever!
Note that the appliance will still go through a sealing cycle even when vacuuming an accessory. You will hear the Motor shut off and then the sealing cycle will begin.
Make sure you pull the Accessory Hose out of the lid first or else you will be pulling forever trying to tug the lid off the jar. Unless you’re a dentist, you may not enjoy that :) Had to stick a dentist joke in somewhere.
And there you go – Merry Christmas!
Don’t worry, I made my tower of chocolate chips after the kids were in bed. That would have been a trip to the hospital in about 2 seconds.
Well, I hope this helps in making sure you gain that extra 5 pounds this Christmas Season!
Here are the nuts I canned too! My next thing will be CHEETOS :)
Now off to go clean bathrooms, or maybe I’ll just ask my husband to help clean too. It’s amazing how he instantly agrees to hiring a maid when I ask for help.
Anyways, do you plan on preserving any favorite foods?