Author Topic: Vacuum Seal Mason jars W/O special lids  (Read 66570 times)

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Re: Vacuum Seal Mason jars W/O special lids
« Reply #60 on: March 26, 2018, 04:32:01 PM »
Yep I've been saving them if they aren't bent. I've only bent one. When a jar is empty and washed I put the lid on upside down and lightly put a band. Tells me the jar is not new but clean and I don't wash again before using it. I think I'll use some used lids on the dried fruit when I get the stuff to seal the jars. I've been pulling them off with my fingers. This morning I saw a YT vid of a guy using a cereal spoon upside down against the threads. Slide it around until it was against the thread and the lid then pry and slide until the lid came off. Can't find the vid now.

Using a spoon is my standard method for unsealing jars... I think my reason for that method is that it is how my grandma always did it :) I typically just feel the edges of the lid and find where the lid is standing out the farthest from the glass (the lid is usually not perfectly centered, so you'll find one side of the lid is often extending a little more than the other) and pull it off with a spoon from there... a sharp lift up with the spoon on the underside of the lid does the trick. and rarely is the lid damaged using that method.

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Re: Vacuum Seal Mason jars W/O special lids
« Reply #61 on: March 29, 2018, 02:09:39 AM »
My jar sealer adapter arrived yesterday and I tried it with my Mityvac automotive hand vacuum pump. I had thought the pump was leaking down but it wasn't. It took a fair amount of squeezing the handle but I was able to seal a lid on an empty jar. Kind of hard on my hands but doable.

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Re: Vacuum Seal Mason jars W/O special lids
« Reply #62 on: March 29, 2018, 09:16:44 AM »
Glad it works for you.
Found my automotive vacuum pump. Mine is a plunger type, like a bicycle pump.
So it's going to take 2 bodies to run a mason vac operation.
One to run the pump with both hands, then one to hold the jar adapter down.

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Re: Vacuum Seal Mason jars W/O special lids
« Reply #63 on: March 30, 2018, 09:23:58 AM »
I have a question...
In the earlier posts it asks about doing this for smaller storage of beans, rice, other dried goods etc.
I do this with oxygen absorbers and it works excellent! And, it lasts for years.
Just pour your product in, throw in an absorber, seal and wait for the "ping!".
I use canning jars, or any other jars that have a seal in them (spaghetti jars, etc.)
I get the absorbers at Winco for fairly cheap. 

Not knocking this way of sealing them at all, just wondering, what would be the advantage of vacuum sealing the jars?

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Re: Vacuum Seal Mason jars W/O special lids
« Reply #64 on: March 30, 2018, 09:46:51 AM »

I do this with oxygen absorbers and it works excellent! And, it lasts for years.
Just pour your product in, throw in an absorber, seal and wait for the "ping!".
I use canning jars, or any other jars that have a seal in them (spaghetti jars, etc.)
I get the absorbers at Winco for fairly cheap. 




Cool. I just bought some absorbers. I may try this today.

Thanks

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Re: Vacuum Seal Mason jars W/O special lids
« Reply #65 on: March 30, 2018, 09:54:12 AM »
I have a question...
In the earlier posts it asks about doing this for smaller storage of beans, rice, other dried goods etc.
I do this with oxygen absorbers and it works excellent! And, it lasts for years.
Just pour your product in, throw in an absorber, seal and wait for the "ping!".
I use canning jars, or any other jars that have a seal in them (spaghetti jars, etc.)
I get the absorbers at Winco for fairly cheap. 

Not knocking this way of sealing them at all, just wondering, what would be the advantage of vacuum sealing the jars?

Hmm, I don't throw away commercial jars. Should be able to find O2 absorbers somewhere around Houston.

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Re: Vacuum Seal Mason jars W/O special lids
« Reply #66 on: March 30, 2018, 09:59:49 AM »
Amazon. 10 bucks for a hundred I think

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Re: Vacuum Seal Mason jars W/O special lids
« Reply #67 on: March 30, 2018, 10:03:59 AM »
Yeah there is that.

I need to raid the smiley at The Den and save on my machine.  8)

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Re: Vacuum Seal Mason jars W/O special lids
« Reply #68 on: March 30, 2018, 01:02:11 PM »
I have a question...
In the earlier posts it asks about doing this for smaller storage of beans, rice, other dried goods etc.
I do this with oxygen absorbers and it works excellent! And, it lasts for years.
Just pour your product in, throw in an absorber, seal and wait for the "ping!".
I use canning jars, or any other jars that have a seal in them (spaghetti jars, etc.)
I get the absorbers at Winco for fairly cheap. 

Not knocking this way of sealing them at all, just wondering, what would be the advantage of vacuum sealing the jars?
I guess you could say it is the belt + suspenders idea...

I use both for things I plan to store for a long time...

For things I just plan to use within a year or so, I don't typically bother with the O2 absorber...  you could certainly skip the vacuum seal and just use an O2 absorber, too...

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Re: Vacuum Seal Mason jars W/O special lids
« Reply #69 on: March 30, 2018, 02:14:38 PM »
Yeah there is that.

I need to raid the smiley at The Den and save on my machine.  8)


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Re: Vacuum Seal Mason jars W/O special lids
« Reply #70 on: March 30, 2018, 06:12:15 PM »

 :o

Really? I know that the guy running the Den raided another place for most of the smileys.

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Re: Vacuum Seal Mason jars W/O special lids
« Reply #71 on: March 30, 2018, 06:15:45 PM »
I guess you could say it is the belt + suspenders idea...

I use both for things I plan to store for a long time...

For things I just plan to use within a year or so, I don't typically bother with the O2 absorber...  you could certainly skip the vacuum seal and just use an O2 absorber, too...

Interesting post and idea LvsChant.

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Re: Vacuum Seal Mason jars W/O special lids
« Reply #72 on: March 30, 2018, 07:10:19 PM »
Really? I know that the guy running the Den raided another place for most of the smileys.

Ayup. Lot's a raiding. I've raided some... :beer: