Monday, March 4, 2013

Providing From the Pantry....Dry Storage

Dearest Readers,

With the cost of feeding your family on the rise, I wanted to share another way that you can continue Providing Meals from Your Pantry....dry food storage.

What am I talking about you ask?  Well, I am referring to all the items you keep in your pantry that neither need to be frozen, refrigerated or come already vacuum sealed in cans or jars.  I am speaking of foodstuffs such as rice, powdered milk, chocolate chips, dehydrated or freeze-dried fruits and vegetables, etc., etc.......

Usually these items expire fairly quickly once the store-bought package is opened.  Even those items designed for long-term food storage have a limited shelf life once the container has been breached.  So just what is a frugal, self-reliant homekeeper to do?

Well....I just grab my canning jars, seals and rings and use my handy-dandy FoodSaver and the Jar Attachment to preserve my dry is easy, peasy, lemon squeezy! (You can purchase a FoodSaver at your local discount store or you might try looking on Craigslist or Ebay for a used FoodSaver at a reasonable price.  I bought my Jar Attachment directly from FoodSaver.)

I purchased this large bucket of dehydrated potato shreds....they are delicious once re-hydrated and I use them in recipes and as good ol' hash browns when I am serving a farm breakfast or a delicious "turn-around supper"...
I find that the wide-mouth jars are the easiest to use..... 
It doesn't take long for the jars to seal.....
Sparkling jars ready for the pantry....a wise investment that will feed my family for a long while....
If you are interested in the myriad of options regarding dry storage...using your FoodSaver or oxygen absorbers for sealing powdery items, I want to recommend that you take a few moments and visit my favorite source here....this gentleman has taken the time to put up over 60 different short videos about preserving dry foods for longer storage.  Be still my heart!
Yours so kindredly,
Please remember, you cannot substitute dry storage for items that require water or pressure canning!
Always be safe rather than sorry when it comes to the safety of the foods that you store.


sweet locus lane farm said...

Wow that is something. I have seen them in the hardware catalogues, but didn't know how they worked. Neat. Thanks.

Sarah said...

Interesting post! I am always interested in different ways of preserving food.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I have to store some items in canning jars as we have critters that can get in the garage.

Really would love one of those vacuum jobbies.

Shan said...


I have seen the FoodSavers on Craigslist and on E-bay...I will keep an eye out for you!


Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I've done the same thing a few times! Except I usually don't always remember whose comment I trashed and I always hope they didn't come back and think it was something they said.

No, it is just me... ;)

villarosa said...

Couldn't find the link to the gentleman you said had videos about vacuuming sealing. Could direct me to the link? Your blog is so refreshing & encouraging. Thanks for taking the time.... to share your sweet life with us!

Shan said...

Dearest Villarosa,

I have changed the lind color so that it is easier to find a link in a paragraph of text. Sorry about that!

Hope it helps....


Anonymous said...

I use my food saver like this too...make sure people know they have to have the models with the port to attach the hose to do this with. Please let us know how to turn your blog background music off so we an go to the links you show. I do not see a place to turn it off when i scanned your site for it. Sarah

Shan said...

Dearest Sarah,

Thank you for your kind comment!

You can turn off the music by scrolling all the way down to the bottom of my blog and pushing the pause button.

I have now posted directions for this at the top of my blog...thanks for the advice!


Apple-Bee Cottage said...

What a great way to preserve dry goods.
I will go and check out the videos you've recommended.
Thank you for sharing.. I am hoping to learn a lot more about stocking my pantry and preserving food for my hubby and I.
Your blog is always a lovely blessing to read :-)

happy momma said...

I love using canning jars for storing our dry staples, they work well. Now, I'll have to look out for a FoodSaver so they will do an even better job. :)
God Bless

Kimberly said...

I've seen ladies make salads and seal them to have them last longer in the fridge. Haven't tried it yet.
These look great.
I just pinned your strawberry boxes. Sweetheart was talking about them last night, bemoaning that he had not made some. :)
Hope you are all well. Heard you had quite a storm this weekend.

Anonymous said...

it's been a month and a half. where are you? :(

happy momma said...

Hello Shan,
Just checking in on your blog. Hope all is well with you and your family.
God Bless