Non-Electric Mason Jar Vacuum Sealer

Have you ever needed to vacuum seal a mason jar full of dehydrated goods? How about vacuum seal your coffee beans or other dry goods? Keep your freshly dried herbs 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.

Avoid the FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer

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 reviews on the Internet that indicate the FoodSaver motors are not made to withstand serious regular use.

Your Off-The-Grid Vacuum Sealer

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.

Non-Electric Mason Jar Vacuum Sealer

Have any of you ever tried this or anything similar?

This post was shared on the Homestead Barn Hop and the Homestead Blog Hop.

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  1. says

    I’m still really enjoying the pleasure of vacuum sealing everything in sight. :)

    Plus my forearms are getting a lot more exercise than they have in years!

    • says

      I’m not sure what the problem is. I use it all the time. In fact, I just made a search for vacuum and this post came up in the list. Weird!!

      Thanks for the report, I wish I knew why it was happening for you and not for me. I wonder if anyone else is having trouble too….

      • Patricia Tow says

        I bought the same plastic gadget you did but the clear hose stinks something horrible.. will the smell ever go away?

  2. says

    Hi Patricia,

    I remember that smell, just like most plastic things. I just washed the pump, hose, and all plastic pieces with some soapy water to get rid of it. It doesn’t smell at all. Definitely do not submerge the pump itself in water! However, you can submerge the hose, nozzle, and food saver lids in water when you wash them.

  3. Diane Falk says

    Actually, I use my Foodsaver all the time! We buy meat from a restaurant supply house, come home, slice it to the way we want it, and I Foodsaver it. Amazing how long it will last in the freezer! I have been working on my second machine…the first one lasted me about 6 or 8 years before it died….and I use it a LOT! When my husband went to a garage sale, he found one of the cheaper models of another brand, but bought it anyway. I use both now…:)

    • says

      @Diane: I confess that I’ve never used the Foodsaver myself. My favorite part about this solution, is that it doesn’t require any electricity, and if something breaks there is a good chance I can fix it myself. :) That being said, the majority of people will do just fine to purchase a Foodsaver for vacuum sealing their dry goods. I’m happy to hear that it can last so long!

  4. Amy says

    Quite a while ago, probably over ten years ago I purchased a nonelectric jar sealer called a pump n seal here is the link to it . Mine still well but sometimes the seal on the tab on the lid does not hold and there is no way to see how much pressure you have. The gauge would be nice. It looks like they are still available and I would definitely recommended it to someone not interested in building their own.

  5. Heidi Rexin says

    Thank you sooo much. I have been searching for an no-grid method of vacuum sealing my dehydrated garden produce this summer and this sounds to be exactly what I need. Thrilled!

  6. Lois says

    Thank you showing us how to use the jar sealer. My husband and I just bought a mealsaver vacuum sealer and a jar sealer. We could not figure out how to seal jars with the mealsaver. We thought that we may need to get a hose attachment. By watching your video I now understand how to use the jar sealer. Thank you so much we can’t wait to start using our jar sealer.

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