Have you ever needed to vacuum seal a mason jar full of dehydrated goods? How about vacuum sealing your coffee beans, or other dry goods? Keep your freshly dried herbs as freshly dried as long as possible by vacuum sealing them inside a glass mason jar. There are electric powered options out there, but I found the following solution when searching for something with the least amount of moving parts, and doesn’t require electricity at all! Even better, it’s cheap!
The best way I’ve found to vacuum seal a mason jar without electricity, is to use a hand-powered automotive brake bleeder, and a FoodSaver jar lid. The FoodSaver is a very popular vacuum sealing solution for plastic bags. It turns out they sell an attachment that will allow you to use your existing contraption to seal mason jars. I don’t like this though because it uses electricity and it has too many moving parts that I can’t fix if needed. Also, there are a lot of review on the Internet that indicate the FoodSaver motors are not made to withstand serious regular use.
I don’t know about you, but I like fresh coffee. Do you think I want to get out an electric contraption every time I want to pour some coffee beans into the grinder? No! Instead, I keep my coffee beans in a glass mason jar and reseal the jar with a few pumps of the Non-Electric Mason Jar Vacuum Sealer Gadgety Thing (patent-pending … not really, I didn’t invent this).
I did not invent this idea, there are a lot of other people on the Internet doing this. However, most people are using a product found at Harbor Freight that is made out of brass, and there are lead contamination concerns. If you’re worried about the brass/lead issue, I’ve found a better solution with this plastic version of a brake bleeder. It’s actually a little more expensive than a traditional brass version, but it feels very solid and comes with a number of great nozzles and an extra hose… I wonder what else I could do with this thing?
I’m always looking for cool low-tech long-term food storage solutions like this. Have any of you ever tried this or anything similar?