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Dry canning popcorn is super easy and requires little more than placing the
kernals into a dry and sterlized jar. Throw in an oxygen absorber if you
must, but it's not necessary. Nuts won't last long as they will go rancid. The
happy prepper household packs pistachios, almonds and brazil nuts for
immediate consumption. Transferring store bought packages into jars tidies
up the kitchen.

List of foods to dry-pack can
Get more out of your dry food prepping and think about what your
family eats then stockpile it.

Foods to consider dry-packing canning include:
  1. beans and legumes
  2. banana chips - do not apply heat method
  3. baking soda
  4. baking powder
  5. biscuit mix
  6. bread crumbs
  7. buttermilk powder
  8. cake mixes (try this yellow cake mix)
  9. cheddar cheese powder
  10. candy (bubblegum, jellybeans, hard candies) - do not  apply
    heat method
  11. cereals
  12. crackers
  13. corn
  14. cornmeal
  15. couscous
  16. dried soup mixes
  17. hard wheat
  18. lentils
  19. oats
  20. pancake mixes
  21. pasta
  22. pretzels
  23. popcorn kernals - try grinding popcorn into cornmeal!
  24. potato flakes and gems
  25. powdered milk
  26. raisins
  27. rice (white rice varieties, not brown rice which has too much
  28. sugar (brown sugar should not have an oxygen absorber and
    should not be canned with the heat method)
  29. sour cream powder
  30. sugar, powdered and granulated
  31. sunflower seeds
  32. seasoning  mixes (ranch dressing powders, taco seasonings,
    onion soup mix)

Note: Such things as nuts and chocolate chips, can also be dry
canned, but they have a very short shelf life. Chocolate chips will
start to turn in color.

Meals to dry can:
  • Rainy Day Food Storage Blogspot has several meal
    suggestions and recipes for dry canning:

Canning equipment list
  1. canning funnel to help you get the goodies inside your
    mason jar.
  2. canning tongs to help you lift the cans from the hot water.
  3. lid lifter
  4. jar lifter
  5. jar opener to help you more easily release the pressure seal.
  6. Jar (don't use mason jars larger than a quart for wet-
    packing, but for dry-pack canning you can use half-gallon
    jars, pictured at the top left-hand of page.)
  7. Jar lids (never reuse these, they nick easily and a small nick
    makes the jar unusable because the seal won't be tight
  8. Jar-sealer (Food saver is great for sealing sauces, jams,
    liquids, and dry goods)

Give dry-pack Canning a try!
Now that you know a little more abou the art of dry pack canning,
why don't you give it a try? Dry-pack canning is selecting dried
foods to store for the long term in mason jars. Foods to dry can
include dried pasta, beans, or rice; hard wheat; sugar; powdered
sour cream, or powdered cheese. Dry can a whole meal!

Pair your favorite freeze dried foods, pastas and rices, meats and
veggies with seasoning mixes, and you'll always have a meal
handy. Or buy your favorite seasoning mixes by the case and dry
can them in small jars with oxygen absorbers ensuring your
seasonings never get clumpy. Keep a master list of the directions
or write your own to include on the can when you've completed
the canning process.

How to Dry-Pack Can
Vacuum-sealed food in the form of dry-pack canning is a
necessary component of your preparedness plans and you can dry
pack can with the help of a food saver and a jar sealer accessory.

One of the best tools to dry can is the
Food Saver accessory
accessory for sealing jars. The foodsaver jar sealer pictured right
is the best way to dry-can foods and create a vacuum-sealed
protection for a long term shelf life of your home canned dried

Dry oven canning is another method, but it's not the best way to
go. Food safety is important. Give the Food
Saver Jar Sealer a go!

Happy endings...
Dry canning can be very simple ~ put away a larder of sugar,
oats, popcorn or in can be partially complete meals, such as
cereals and powdered milk. Dry food prepping can be for staple
ingredients or an entire dinner. Simple just add water meals are
fun to make and serve and good to have on hand in times of
crises or when you don't want too cook. Whatever dry food you
can will help you and your family survive.

Learn to keep perishable food safe without refrigeration!

Methods of preserving foods include:
  • drying (freeze drying, dehydrating)
  • dry canning (putting dried foods into cans and glass jars)
  • wet canning (putting wet foods into cans and glass jars),
  • packing in sugar syrup (jams and jellies)
  • salting

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Method #4: Oven Canning.
A little trickier is dry-pack canning with heat, also called oven
canning. Dry pack canning is a good way to get new preppers to
get started canning, though it's not without a bit of warning.
Here's how to dry-pack can dried goods.

Five Easy Steps to Dry-Pack Canning with
the Oven Method

  • Step #1: Prepare jars for canning. Handle your mason jars
    with care for dry-pack canning the same way you'd do for your
    other canning projects.

  • Step #2: Preheat oven to 200 degrees and place a cookie
    sheet inside.

  • Step #3: When your canning jars are dry and ready, fill them
    with dried goods, such as pasta or O-shaped cereals*. Be
    sure to leave the lids off for this step!

    * NOTE: (Do not choose foods with moisture content, such as
    raisins, which will do fine in jars but without the heat
    treatment. Want to learn how to make your own raisins?
    Here is how to can raisins.

  • Step #4:  When the oven has reached 200 degrees, remove
    the cookie sheet and place the filled jars on the sheet and
    bake for an hour.

  • Step #5: Work quickly to remove your cookie sheet from oven
    and place on a good working surface. With a damp paper
    towel, wipe the mouth of the jars and place lids firmly on the
    jars. For added measure you can throw in an oxygen absorber
    or a bay leaf (to keep the bugs at bay). When you hear a
    popping sound, your jars are sealed.

    If you have a few jars that don't pop, don't worry too much.
    You can mark them for first use on your rotation system. At
    least they'll be bug-free!

    NOTE: Don't try this with foods that will melt under heat,
    such as jelly beans. For Jelly beans, gumballs and the like,
    you can simply can with

Be forewarned: using the oven canning method can be dangerous
if done improperly. The danger is the glass can explode in your
oven. What's more, the process may allow bacteria to flourish. As
such, this method of dry-pack canning isn't something to take
lightly. Even so, there is a satisfaction of doing it properly. We
are happy to encourage newbies to give it a try!

  • Watch the obsessive prepper can her favorite crackers. She
    chose Saltine crackers and Town House. The finishing touch
    is to put the filled jars in a cool oven, then set the jars at
    225 degrees for 30 minutes per quart to dry can them. This
    method will help extend your cracker supply by up to five

What Foods to Dry Can?
Dry pack canning and how to store dried foods.
Dry-Pack Canning
Using mason jars to can just about anything!

Get started dry-pack canning!
Dry-pack canning is selecting your favorite dry foods to store for
the long term in sterilized mason jars, (as opposed to wet-pack
canning as with jams, salsas, soups and the like). You can store
pastas, cereals, corn, and rice, or pack meals such as pancake
and biscuit mixes or complete dinners in a jar.

Some preppers choose to seal foods with the help of oxygen
absorbers; others seal cans by baking the contents in an oven to
create a pressure seal; still others
use a vacuum sealer or
pressure canner. Dry canning is a wonderful way to begin canning!

How to Dry-Pack Can
Vacuum-sealed food in the form of dry-pack canning is a
necessary component of your preparedness plans. One of the best
tools to help you is a
FoodSaver! The foodsaver jar seal accessory
at the top of the page will help you can dry foods and create a
vacuum-sealed protection.

Method #1: Oxygen absorber dry canning (jars).
The easiest method of dry canning is with oxygen absorbers.
Oxygen absorbers are made of a chemical compound, the active
ingredient of which is a powdered iron oxide.  While they are not
edible, they are not toxic. No harmful gases are created and the
oxygen does not remove the fresh smell and taste of your food.

Dry goods paired in a jar with oxygen absorbers makes for an
easy way to get started canning. Dry canning in jars does not
require heat to seal the lid. The job of sealing the lid takes place
with the help of oxygen absorbers. To get started, you'll need
oxygen absorbers, canning jars with rings and lids, and food to
dry can. For example, you may like to dry can Cheerios cereal if
you have small children. Start with clean canning jars (boil them
and dry them thoroughly. Add your dry food and add the
appropriate oxygen absorber inside the can and seal. The
absorber does the job of sealing the can properly. You'll hear a
pop when the absorber has sealed the lid.

  • NOTE: Prepper Web sites may advise you to use hand
    warmers instead of oxygen absorbers, but please DO NOT
    use hand warmers with food! Using hand warmers with food
    is misguided advice. Hand warmers are not a food safe
    material. Instead use them to keep your firearms dry only.
    Use oxygen absorbers for your food.

Method #2: Oxygen absorber dry canning (bucket
and mylar).
For larger quantities of dried goods, choose food grade buckets
paired with mylar (and an oxygen absorber). Food grade buckets
are a special plastic that's free from toxins that would otherwise
absorb into your food. In this method, you'll place your food into
mylar buckets with the appropriate oxygen absorber, then seal
the mylar bags and store the mylar bags in your food grade
bucket. The oxygen absorber has two purposes: first it does the
trick of removing oxygen so little critters don't live in your food
reserve and  second your food stays fresh.

  • NOTE: Look for the "food grade" label on the buckets and do
    not recycle them from a bakery who may have used cleaning
    agents on the floor before discarding. Go ahead and get the
    freebies, but use those bucket for storage of other non-food

Method #3 Food Saver Dry Canning.
Another easy way to dry can is to secure your contents in a
mason jar with all the air zapped out. In short, it's vacuum
sealing! You can vacuum-seal food quickly and easily with Food
Saver and a special attachment to your wide-mouth mason jars,
pictured at the top of the page. You don't need an oxygen
absorber with a FoodSaver vacuum seal.

If you're new to vacuum sealing your food, check out the
Preparedness Pro. (Kellene Bishop, Doomsday Prepper) for tips on
how to dry can with your Food Saver. You'll be amazed how easy
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