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 storage....it 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,
Shan
 
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.