Peter VanDerWal wrote:You can buy handheld vacuum pumps at auto part stores, harbor freight, amazon, etc. They use them for bleeding brakes and so forth.
Get one of those and use the Jar sealer with it.
Mike Jay wrote:
I wonder how much vacuum the FoodSaver creates. I'd hate to overdo it with the bleeder and implode a jar
Mike Jay wrote:Thanks Jake, good idea! I ended up getting a cheap food saver type vacuum packer and the standard accessories to do jars. I'll probably pick up a hand brake bleeder pump some time but the reviews on Amazon were underwhelming when I looked.
Alexa May wrote:Hey Guys! I recently purchased a Pump-N-Seal (https://pump-n-seal.com/). I found it to be MUCH more effective than the Ziploc and Lasting Freshness versions listed above. It holds a VERY impressive seal and works great on Mason Jars of all sizes. I also purchased the bags and have used them for produce and poultry - no freezer burn!
Alexa May wrote:...I recently purchased a Pump-N-Seal (https://pump-n-seal.com/). I found it to be MUCH more effective than the Ziploc and Lasting Freshness versions...
Chris Kott wrote:A suggestion was made early on in this thread, that it's possible to do an oven canning method with dry goods, and then seal them before they cool, creating a vacuum inside the sealed vessels. This wouldn't work with anything you want to keep below that temperature, or for anything heat would destroy, but would this work, otherwise? I mean, if I had dried goods, shelf-stable, that I wanted to vacuum-seal in mason jars to extend the freshness/longevity, is there any reason it wouldn't work?
I only ask because it's good to have a backup in the event that the plastic toys break when you have a mountain of preservation to do. Heck, I was being flippant, but really, all you need is for the seal to fail, or for a crack to develop in the seam of the plastic of the pump cylinder, and it could make it impossible to attain a sufficient vacuum.