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This is a great option for short to mid-term storage of items such as beans, rice, sugar, and salt. Store your jars in a cool, dark place, and you are set with the added advantage of removing a small amount for current use without having to disrupt your large Mylar bag or bucket of food. FoodSaver Accessory Hose: Most FoodSavers come packaged with an accessory hose. If yours is lost or damaged, be sure to purchase a host to use with your Jar Sealer. 100-Pack Oxygen Absorbers, 100cc: I always have these available.

At less than 10 cents each, I consider adding a 100 cc oxygen absorber cheap insurance that ensures that my vacuum-sealed food will remain nice and fresh – even five years later. Mylar bags & Oxygen Absorbers: What I love about Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers is they protect against every single one of the food storage enemies. Prices do vary but for the most part, they are inexpensive and easy to keep on hand. And while you can seal them up with a FoodSaver, some tubing, and a common clothes iron, I find it infinitely easier with a cheap hair straightening iron that you can pick up for very cheap. Mylar Zip Seal Food Storage Bags: These are the zip seal bags that I used to package up my spices, herbs, and butter powder. I found that the zip feature made packaging extra easy although I still seal the bags with my hair iron. Sharpie Permanent Markers: Sharpies were invented for preppers! And without question, Amazon is the cheapest place to buy them.

The links in the post below may be affiliate links. Read the full disclosure By Mavis Butterfield on June 25, 2013 · 19 Comments. When I was at the Mother Earth News Fair a couple of weeks ago, the most commonly asked question my online boyfriend, Ryan, got was how to store seeds long-term. I don’t know if it was just the Mother Earth News crowd, or if that is a question on a lot of people’s minds, but in case you were wondering, here’s the 411 on long term seed storage: First, you need to keep seeds cool and dry. Put them in a plastic ziplock bag, or even better and canister/jar of some sort with a tight fitting lid. If the answer is for a couple of years, the refrigerator is your best bet. It’s best to throw a packet of silica gel in the container to help keep the seeds dry. If you don’t have one, you can use 2 scoops of powdered milk with similar results. Put the canister in the back of your fridge, and forget about them until you need them. This method is a pretty safe bet for up to 3 years. When you are ready to use them, take the canister out and KEEP IT CLOSED until the seeds come to room temperature. If you are wanting a more indefinite seed storage, put your seeds in the canister with the silica gel and/or powdered milk and put them in the freezer. I know, I know, you’ve heard you shouldn’t put them in the freezer, but it is not the cold that is the enemy here, it’s the moisture, so as long as you allow the seeds to come to room temperature BEFORE you open the canister/container again, your seeds will be good to go. If you open the canister straight out of the freezer, moisture will be pulled into the seed packets, making them no longer fit for storage. But, according to Ryan, without the moisture, you can store them 10 plus years in the freezer. To store your own saved seeds, spread them out and allow them to air dry. You can then put them in the fridge or freezer as you would a regular store bought seed packet. The one thing to keep in mind is that no matter how diligent you are, your seed germination rates may go down slightly with long-term storage. Also, some seeds, like sweet corn and parsnips, simply do not store very well.

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