I am blessed to have some *AWESOME* readers. One of them is a fellow blogger, Candi (find her blog here). She kindly agreed to write a guest post for me about food preservation. Candi shares what’s she’s learned about food preservation in hopes of helping each of you. Thanks, Candi!
Most of this is regarding Long Term Storage, but some of the tips are very important for Short Term Storage and every day use.
I’m Candi Harris and I really have to thank Laurie for asking me to guest blog regarding Emergency Preparation. She does such an incredible job sharing all the information on Food Storage, canning and everyday use. It’s good information, and I learn more from her every day, I really do appreciate all she does. I’m just a novice, so please check various sites to get precise directions. Mine come from my own experiences after researching the process.
Some things I learned the hard way, I lost freeze-dried meat, TVP, some veggies, even things as simple as flour and eggs because I didn’t read the labels thoroughly. It was a very costly and sad learning experience. Read the label on your can regarding storage, not only dating and shelf life of unopened cans, but “opened cans”. Uppermost are the meats. Because they are a real beef product, when you open the can that first time, you must reseal the meat not used in another container WITHIN 24-48 hours. A sterile air-tight container, such as a canning jar, that can be sealed either using an oxygen absorber or a “dry vacuum” method. You CANNOT vacuum seal fresh meats, vegetables or any fresh produce for long term storage. IT must be either water canned or pressure canned.
There are pluses either way. The Oxygen Absorbers are handy to have on hand . The flip side of that is once you open the package of absorbers, you do need to work quickly putting them in the jar putting the lid on, add the ring and tightening securely. Then reseal your remaining Oxygen Absorbers – I use a half pint jar and pack them in as tightly as I can) Just as anything you can, wipe the edges of the jars with a clean cloth so there is no residue to interfere with the jar sealing.