You may be used to vacuum bags and rolls. But you can also try mason jars. Ideally, sealing a mason jar is as simple as sealing a plastic/polyethylene bag.
However, you have to set up the equipment first. Place the hose into your sealer and the other end into the jar sealer attachment.
Fill the jar with the food or item you are going to seal and then place the lid on the jar top.
At this step, do not place the ring. Connect the jar sealer to the sealing unit. Then place the attachment atop the jar and tightly seal it on the top.
Press the switch on the sealer unit. The air in the jar will be sucked out. Once a vacuum environment is created inside the jar, you can place the ring.
In case the lid is damaged, it might leak air into the jar and cause spoilage of the sealed item. Thus, ensure the lid doesn’t have holes and it’s not damaged. One great aspect about vacuum sealing jars is that you can re-use the lids.
How to use sealed mason jars by Vacuum Sealer
Using a vacuum sealer to seal mason jars is a great way to keep your food fresh and prevent spoilage. Here’s how you can use a vacuum sealer to seal mason jars:
- Prepare your food: Before sealing your mason jar, make sure your food is clean and dry. You can use a dry cloth or paper towel to wipe any moisture off the food.
- Fill the jar: Fill the jar with your food. Leave some headspace at the top of the jar to allow for expansion during sealing.
- Place the lid and seal: Place the lid on the jar and tighten it securely. Then place the jar into the vacuum sealer.
- Seal the jar: Turn on the vacuum sealer and select the appropriate setting for sealing jars. The sealer will remove the air from the jar, creating a vacuum seal that will keep your food fresh for longer.
- Store the jar: Once the jar is sealed, store it in a cool, dry place away from sunlight.
Remember that vacuum-sealed jars are not completely airtight, so you should still use caution when storing food in them. Always follow food safety guidelines and be sure to check the contents of the jar before consuming.
The lack of air (oxygen) prolongs the period you can store the food in the freezer or fridge. Note that most of the items you seal using a mason jar need to be kept in the refrigerator or freezer.
Apart from the common food preservation, you can use a mason jar to marinate your food. These jars offer perfect results just like sealer bags. Place your meat or fish into the jar and add your spices.
Then vacuum seal it, to cut down the amount of time required to marinade. The vacuum allows juices to penetrate into your meat or fish much faster. It helps you to prepare meals in minutes rather than hours.