Monday, May 14, 2012

Food Storage - How to Can Flour and Other Dry Goods



Here's a pretty helpful tip on long term food storage: canning dry goods.

Why would you want to do that? Why not just store it in a sealed bucket?

Sterilization.

Kills insect eggs that may hatch later.

Extends shelf life by removing moisture.

Easier to control portion sizes.

Removes the chance of contaminating the entire bucket when opening.

Convenient containers for bartering.


4 comments:

  1. That's a great idea! Growing up, my mom always stored her flour in a big bucket, but it was really easy to contaminate it. At least we never got weevils! The only problem I can see with it is the quantity; if you're making bread, you'll probably need to pull out lots of jars.

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    1. You could always put some flour into larger jars specifically for bread making use. Ace Hardware sells 64oz. (1/2 gallon) wide mouth jars.
      http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2841638&cp=2568443.2568448.11927733.11927746

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  2. Ball also makes 1/2 gallon wide mouth jars.

    If you have/use a Food Saver, you can use a jar attachment to seal your dry good in the jars. We have been using that technique for several years now.

    Bob
    III

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  3. you do not want to put a moisture absorper (dessicant) in with dry goods such as beans, rice, etc. the contents will eventually dry out to the point that the items will become as hard as buckshot. Try using an oxygen absorber in each sealed glass jar and also a couple of bay leaves in with the mix. Critters cannot survive without O2 and the bay leaves also kill little critters like weevils, etc. A 1500 cc O2 absorber will take care of a one gallon jar.

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