Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tip Abouty Oxygen Packs

I've learned a lesson from the School of Hard Knocks, and I thought I'd pass it along.

As you know, an oxygen pack has to be used in each #10 can when dry pack canning (except in those cans which contain sugar). The last two times I have bought my dry pack canning supplies at my local LDS Cannery for use at home with the home canning machine, I have made a HUGE mistake.

The mistake is that I had the volunteer vacuum seal ALL the oxygen packets in ONE of those airtight dry pack pouches. Once that pouch had been opened, the oxygen packs needed to be used quickly or they would have been rendered useless by having been activated. Thus, I was forced to can all my stuff at one time even though I had use of the home canner for 3-4 days.

So, the lesson I learned is that when doing large amounts of dry pack canning at home, I will ask the volunteer at the cannery to divide up my oxygen packs into smaller bunches and then seal each bunch in a separate pouch. This will allow me to open each pouch as needed and spread my canning out over the 3-4 days that I have use of the at-home canning machine.

Brilliant, eh?

1 comment:

  1. Nice!!! I'd never thought of this before. I'm just about to be doing large-scale drying over the summer, but will separate out the packs at the beginning into chunks so as to avoid losing the valuable packs! You smart thing, you! :o)