Monday, May 16, 2011

Storing Comfort Food


I have been storing comfort food for times of need. Use a clean canning jar with new lids and rings. Put the food into the jars to within 1/2 to 1/4 inch from the top. Add an oxygen absorber to the top of the food, put on a new lid and screw the band down tightly. Within several hours, the jar will be sealed and will last many years. The food inside will be like new when opened. I have stored M&M's, chocolate chips, brownie mix and cake mixes. With the brownie mixes and cake mixes, I added one unflavored gelatin pack per egg required with the mix. Water plus the gelatin is equal to an egg when baking. I write the directions and what the mix is on the lid.
Oxygen absorbers can be purchased from Amazon for a little around 10 cents each. Or, if you live near an LDS cannery, you can purchase them there. You must also buy a clip to keep the extra oxygen absorbers free from outside air.
You can also store many other items this way. Watch for candy on sale after holidays and store them this way.

6 comments:

Coleen said...

This is fascinating!!! You mean that a packet of unflavored gelatin will act just like an egg? That is FANTASTIC news!!! I love this idea. With just the two of us home now, I will use this a LOT. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing...excellent!!!

Coleen said...

OK, it's me again. So, if you put a commercial mix in the jar, you would just prepare it as per instructions (oil + water + gelatin)? LOVE the idea of keeping holiday candy fresh.

Amy Stocking said...

Thanks Peggy! I will be using this idea for our food storage items.

preparedness365 said...

Hi Peggy,
Just want you to know that your latest post has inspired me! I do a preparedness blog and am going to include your information on my blog www.preparedness365.blogspot.com. Thanks so much. It will be fun to try all the possibilities.

ashleestout said...

You are amazing Peggy, just so you know the Wright's and Wheelers were all talking about how wonderful you are over our Sunday Dinner yesterday. Thanks for your wonderful blog.

Katy ~ said...

Peggy, you have no idea how THRILLED I am to see this information. We are in the very early stages of storing food, and this post is absolutely positively FABULOUS. Thank you a million times over. Loved this post!!!