Wednesday, July 9, 2008

WFMW: Canning with the FoodSaver

Like Shannon at Rocks In My Dryer, I can't take credit for this week's Works for Me Wednesday tip. And, also like Shannon, my tip involves glass jars. Some of you may use a vacuum sealer, such as a Foodsaver, to store food in glass jars. If you try to vacuum seal powdery substances, such as cake mixes or unflavored gelatin (which can be used as an egg substitute--wow...two tips in one post!), you could ruin your machine. According to a friend of mine who spoke with a representative of the Foodsaver manufacturer, you can simply place a napkin over the lid as you seal it to keep the powder from being sucked up into the machine. I haven't tested this myself, as my jar canning accessory is still en route via the USPS, but I can't wait to try it! Of course, you might want to verify this for yourself through your machine's customer service rep...I'm not in a position to replace broken Foodsavers if something doesn't work! :)

5 comments:

Amy said...

What a great idea! I know this may sound silly but I am terrified to try traditional canning methods because I am a notorious klutz. Right now I'm sporting 3 new battle scars from my cooking adventures in the past 2 months. I will definitely have to give this one a try! Thanks for posting on WFMW. I love all of the great tips I get just by visiting that site. :) Thanks again!

Wild Squirrel said...

Thanks for stopping by, Amy!

jskell911 said...

I'm going to have to try this with mine! I've never tried canning with it. Thanks

Memarie Lane said...

I just got my FoodSaver in the mail today, the deluxe one with the canister vacuum thingy. I saw you can use it on Mason jars, but somehow that didn't translate in my mind to canning. Will have to look into that!

Wild Squirrel said...

It makes putting up all sorts of dry goods soooo easy!