Vacuum packing and mason jars questions
December 8, 2013 8:04 AM Subscribe
I recently got a FoodSaver (vacuum packing device). I have a couple questions about accessorizing it with mason jars.
posted by Flunkie to Food & Drink (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've vacuum packed some spaghetti into bags just to try it, but the result seems unwieldy when it comes to storing it. What I'd really like (with respect to spaghetti) would be to vacuum pack it into a jar. So I poked around a bit, and found that you can purchase an accessory that allows your FoodSaver to vacuum pack various canisters.
I've read that the canisters that FoodSaver sells for use with this accessory aren't very good (they develop cracks, apparently). But you can use them with mason jars, too, which sounds great, except I can't find a mason jar that's tall enough to hold spaghetti (without breaking the spaghetti, which I don't want to do).
The tallest mason jar I've been able to find is 9.4 inches. To hold standard USA supermarket-bought spaghetti, it would have to be more like 11 inches. Are there any mason jars out there that are this tall, or taller?
My second question is about the lids. I don't really know much about home canning, but I believe that you're not supposed to reuse the lids of mason jars. Is that also true if you use them in this vacuum packing way, as opposed to "real" home canning?