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Wendy Dewitt — Food Storage Seminar Part 8 of 9. Food Savers

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We have a food saver here. How many of you have a food saver? How many of you are going to get a food saver? I guarantee (inaudible) is a real part where I put the (inaudible) into my food storage.

There are a lot of things that you can put in metal cans. Anything that I can put in a No. 10 metal can, I will because there are sturdy and they give you the long shelf life but there are things that have high oil, high moisture or high sugar content that you can’t put in metal cans – things like chocolate chips and raisins and nuts and chocolates. This is my favorite – you can put those in the glass jars and you can vacuum seal them and this will extend the life of your food by years.

This was sealed on the same day; this is chocolate chips. This one came in done and I didn’t know, I didn’t check them and about a year and a half into this little jar’s lifetime, the chocolate chips started to go white – you know, what it looks like, they are losing their color – and they eventually turned into this nasty white powder; these are still chocolate chips, three years later – 11/05, exactly three years later.

They will extend the shelf life of these kinds of foods and you are now going to be able to have things that you never thought you could put in your food storage. We successively sealed raisins, nuts, chocolate chips, brown rice, cake mixes, corn break mixes, all kinds of mixes that you can do – just about anything in your pantry, you can vacuum seal and it’s going to extend the shelf life. Even if you are not going to do food storage, you are going to want to do this because you are no longer going to go in your pantry and you are making chocolate chip cookies and you go for the walnuts and they are stale, they have gone rancid. This doesn’t happen anymore. Extending the shelf life is great with what you are doing.

Now, the process couldn’t be easier. You are going to take your food save – and I have never used this part of it, the part where you put the bag in it and you seal the bag, I don’t even use that because the bags will always leak every single time, eventually that bag will leak. These jars stay sealed until you open them up and this is open because yesterday I opened it up to the crew and they ate all the candies, so this is open.

If you are buying a food saver, this new will cost about 100 dollars or more. Do not buy it new. Go to eBay. Every single day I have ever gone on to eBay, there had been at least a hundred of these people are getting rid of. So, you go on there, 20-25 dollars; the more I give the class, they faster they are going. So, do it tonight. The only thing that you want to be sure that your food saver has, it needs to have the little portal on the top. That’s the only part you are going to use on that machine. Isn’t that sad? This great big machine, that’s what you want because this is what you are going to use on it. This is called a jar sealing attachment. Sometimes they will come with this. Look on eBay and see if your machine is going to have the jar sealing attachment. If it doesn’t they cost 10 dollars. Just be sure you get the wide-mouth and the regular mouth because they you can use all of your canning jars. You are going to attach this little hose to the machine – let me put it down – and then you are going to put food in the jar and you are going to put the lid on the jar, you put the (inaudible) over the top of this and you push the button and it’s going to pull the air out of the jar and I don’t know how they do it. Somebody always asks me that and I go “I don’t know! It just works!” It pulls the air out, (inaudible) sealed and the bottle won’t come open until I open it. Sometimes they do come unsealed, that’s unusual; that’s why I got the nasty looking chocolate chips but you are going to check this every year so that you are sure that none of your foods are going to go bad but the nice thing is any time you want, you can go…and you will be able to take out whatever you want, put the same lid back on, pick it up carefully so you won’t bend it, soon lid goes back on, you seal back up and it’s just like it’s other than opened. That’s how we can get 2, 3, sometimes 4-year shelf life on foods if you just seal it like that one.

Yes, sir.

Audience: Do you have to heat up the lid?

Wendy: Okay. No, not generally speaking. Sometime the lid won’t seal and it’s always on the thing that’s really hard to pack. You get it all packed in there and you put your lead on and it won’t seal. (Inaudible) things you can do. You can put the lid on, regular down and then you can take another lid and put it on upside down and try sealing that. Sometimes that added pressure will hold it. If you heat the lid, then (inaudible) happen to seal. You won’t be able to reuse that lid but it will happen to seal. Sometimes you just have to take it out and put it in another jar. I have had jars that just won’t seal but generally speaking, it’s a very simple process – you put your food in, you put the lid on, you seal that, date your lid, always put the date on so you know how old it is and when it needs to be rotated, and you will be able to put foods in your food storage that are 2, 3 years later you have got fabulous food that you never thought you could have in your food storage.

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