Dry Canning Using Oxygen Absorbers
A stash of good, storable food is critical in any camping or survival scenario and one of the best ways to accomplish this goes largely underused and greatly unappreciated - dry canning food using oxygen absorbers. This process is so simple and ingenious that anyone with a lick of common sense can master it almost instantly, and the result is the creation of a large pantry of good eats that will last for years.
The steps are simple - purchase a quantity of canning jars that have a cap that is sealed by means of a rubber ring and a screw on lid holder. These jars do not have to be new or top name brand quality, any jar that is complete and functional will do just fine. For prepping purposes quart size jars are perfect for most intended uses. Next go to your local retailer or get online and purchase a few hundred oxygen absorber packets in the 400cc to 500cc size. In a recent online search these were found at a price of about 20 to 25 cents each.
The next step in dry canning is to assemble the food products that you want to store. This can be anything that is dry like flour, grains, powders, nuts, seeds, mixes, dried fruits, vegetables and lean meats or anything else that has an extremely dry moisture content.
After sterilizing the jar and lids by means of boiling them or steaming them allow them to dry completely. Fill the jars with your selected food product as fully as possible, insert the oxygen absorber packet and seal the lid tightly. In anywhere from 8 to 24 hours the jar lid should begin to show a concave appearance letting you know the jar is tightly sealed and any oxygen inside has been absorbed. Best of all the jars and quite often the oxygen absorbers can be used more than once - without electricity and without any special apparatus, a real blessing in an apocalyptic aftermath. If stored in a dark location removed from heat and moisture these dry canned food can last for years - some practitioners of this testify ten years or more is not uncommon.
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