Vacuum sealing helps to store dry goods long term. Keep coffee beans, dehydrated produce, dried herbs, and more, fresh inside a glass mason jar using this homemade non-electric vacuum sealer. It has no moving parts and will last a lifetime!
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There are electric powered vacuum sealers out there, but the following solution has the least amount of moving parts that I could find.
It doesn’t require electricity at all. Even better, it’s cheap!
Alternative to the Electric FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer
The FoodSaver is a very popular vacuum sealing solution using plastic bags. It turns out they sell an attachment that will allow you to use your existing contraption to seal mason jars.
The downside is that it uses electricity and it has a lot of 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. I don’t want to get out an electric contraption every time I want to pour some coffee beans into the grinder 🙂 Instead, I keep my coffee beans in a glass mason jar and reseal the jar with a few pumps of my non-electric mason jar vacuum sealer gadgety thing (patent-pending … not really, I didn’t invent this).
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 low-tech, long-term food storage solutions like this.
Need more homestead kitchen ideas?
- 2 Easy Cucumber Recipes
- Freezing and Drying Peppers to Preserve the Harvest
- How to Can, Freeze, and Dehydrate Green Beans
Are you looking for strategies for your permaculture garden? You’ll find loads of information in my book, The Suburban Micro-Farm.
Have any of you ever tried this or anything similar?