Step 3: Seal the jar.

Place a clean mason jar lid on the jar. Make sure the sealing surface is clean and dry. For this step, use the flat lid only and not the threaded ring. Place the FoodSaver mason jar sealer over the top of the jar and lid and push down to make sure it is completely and evenly seated.
<p>I first started using this method years ago, and should have left a review then. This method works extremely well, and for anyone who's on the fence about the mixed reviews for the pump on harbor freight, as long as you're not using the brake bleeder pump to bleed brakes, it holds up pretty well (apparently oils and brake fluid don't play well with the reservoir).</p><p>As an added bonus, for anyone who's ever had to hold off on vacuum sealing something because the pump was too noisy and would wake someone up, this method is relatively quiet, which is nice.</p>
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Is there a way to apply this to plastic/ziploc bags to make more lightweight items, like for backpacking?
<p>I'm new at this, does the seal a meal lid come off after you seal the flat lid? Is it able to suck out the air with the metal lid underneath?</p>
This sounds interesting, but I'm wondering if vacuum sealing uncooked corn could possibly lead to it popping inside the mason jar...
No. Heat is required to pop popcorn.
no it isn't, popcorn pops because of the water inside it boiling, which can happen at room temperature if you pull enough of a vacuum.
I should learn not to answer so quick. You're right, of course, but I doubt that the little hand pump here would achieve that level of vacuum.<br><br>But now you've got me thinking...I have access to extremely powerful turbo vacuum pumps at work that can get down to ~.00001 atm. I should try that.
The problem is that you can only ever get down to a vacuum of ~15 psi, and the corn is strong enough as a pressure vessel that it doesn't care about that, so the internal pressure of the water and starch at 15 psi does nothing (no pop). When you add heat (at room pressure or under vacuum) the water begins to boil and eventually pressurizes the corn shell enough to break it. under vaccuum, the corn would pop SLIGHTLY sooner, but the pressures required to pop the kernals are an order of magnitude more than atmospheric, so it would not be a significant difference. <br> <br>tl;dr -- no way will you pop popcorn with vacuum and no heat.
Instead of using the pump I got a cheap hand vacuum sealer pump for about $8.00 and it works great it also works on the vacuum bags too.
Video said it is private, how do I view this?
what about this for 11.99<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=96677">http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=96677</a><br/><br/>and no hand pumping<br/>
Won't work, sorry. <br /><br />This tool need compressed air to create a vacuum for sucking moisture out of an AC&nbsp;system. <br /><br />You could probably&nbsp; take the compresser that you need for that <span id="xf_desc"><font face="arial, sans-serif">4.2 CFM @ 90 PSI and use the inlet of <strong>that</strong> to get you your vacuum.<br /><br />If you want cheap and easy, there's plans out there to hack a bicyle pump to save seeds with.<br /><br />http://www.redwoods.quik.com/webteck/george/seedsaverlinks.html<br /></font></span>
i have been reading this and wondering why a bicycle pump wasn't mentioned until now. I know i have seen a able on converting bicycle pump to a vacuum pump pretty easy. My pumps easily inflate to 100 psi, i think that is 33 bars, not sure what vacuum that is but they go higher , one i have goes to 130lbs. i onlt use the small hand bicycle pumps on the road, since they dont compare . However the one i have has a fold out foot peg ,so you use it as a floor pump and can get 100 psi out, A regular hand bicycle pump, it is extremely grueling to get 60psi, i have a collection of hand held pumps that looked great in the bike show, but were horrible on the road. What is the comparison of psi to vacuum? i since both items bicycle tube and bags are pretty small in cubic inches, it should work. I now have an interest in vacuum sealing. <br>Also will vacuum sealing kill any flour moths or the typical grain larvae that will hatch if you do not consume it for a long time? . Since i had a flour bug infestation due to a box of flour i hadn't touched in ten years(pre divorce food), i now freeze everything that is grain or bread mix, for a week to kill any larvae. and try and keep everything in plastic, since the work of cleaning everything, plus a second outbreak, I sealed the tiny gap around the kitchen cabinets, since some hideaways were in there preparing for the second assault. Larvae are normal, there is no way they can keep them out of foood unless they nuke it, i will stick to freezing and now vacuum seems good also.
I've seen the bicycle pump hack but haven't done it (since I only have one and use it for its intended purpose). In general, we're not talking about producing very high vacuum levels...so I don't see why it wouldn't work. If you try it I'd like to know how well it works. <br> <br>Producing vacuum is different than producing pressure. Standard atmospheric pressure (at sea level) is 14.7 PSI (or 29.9 &quot;Hg). When producing a vacuum you're moving air out of a container into the atmosphere, so a perfect vacuum would be 14.7 PSI outside the container and 0 PSI in the container. It's tempting to think &quot;my bicycle pump can achieve 60 PSI, so 14.7 PSI won't be any problem&quot;...but it doesn't work like that. When pumping air into a container, you're essentially packing more air molecules into the container from a limitless supply of molecules outside the container (the atmosphere). When trying to draw a vacuum you're trying to pump a very limited supply of molecules (in the jar) out. That's more difficult because molecules tend to spread out to fill the volume of the jar and pump in a somewhat uniform fashion. So the first dozen pumps are relatively easy...you're moving a large number of molecules. As you continue to pump, the &quot;fill&quot; stroke on the pump gets filled with fewer and fewer molecules each time. Common piston pumps (like the brake bleeder or bicycle pump) have a relatively low mechanical limit. A more expensive commercially available compressor pump has a higher limit, but still can't achieve ultra-high vacuum levels for the same reason (UHV requires other pumping technology). <br> <br>Fortunately, to preserve foodstuffs in this way doesn't require ultra high vacuum levels. You just need to remove enough air to suffocate the ever present critters and minimize any oxidation. FYI 23 &quot;Hg vacuum means about 77% of the air has been removed. That's about the pressure of the atmosphere at 45,000 feet (1.5x higher than Mt. Everest...well into the stratosphere). In my experience that's been plenty enough to keep larvae at bay. <br> <br>Hope this helps. <br>
dose any one know of a way to hand pump a vacuum out of (or is it into) a bag like toughs space bags on TV it has to be light weight small and human powered
you mean the ones that call for a vacuum cleaner? I believe a cheap inflatable raft pump , low pressure high volume, as opposed to a bike pump high pressure low volume, would work. There are instrucables on changing the washers on a bike pump to make them a vacuum pump, i am sure the same could be done with a raft pump. you would have to fabricate a connector to match the vacuum hose. There is a tape called rescue tape, can be found on amzon or auto stores for $10 and under , it is silicone and fuses to itself, you don't need much and it works great for making airtight connecotrs.
The harbor freight pump disappointingly got about 20-22&quot;hg after lots of sweating. Mityvac Bleeder pump decently made about 23-24&quot;hg. Very tiring. If you want a real hand pump get the pumnseal, but it's probably already discontinued. It's rated for 28&quot;hg. If 12V doesn't bother you then a $5-$7 pump will probably go up to 23&quot;hg without a sweat. In the end of the world scenario, 12V supply will likely be available.
the pump-n-seal is still available, it seems: <br />http://www.pump-n-seal.com
I really like the idea, but what a bunch of d-bags... Really, when shtf? I personally have exactly 730 days of sealed food to last when shtf...come on.
Why use your hands to pump? Your legs are stronger. Just use a longer hose and a simple support for the pump to hold it in place at your feet. Unless the pump handle isn't spring loaded. In that case you put a couple of pieces of para cord on the handle and create a toe strap.
LOL! I was about &quot;that close&quot; to making a joke about why my hands are so good at pumping...but I won't since this is a family-friendly website.<br><br>Really though, I don't find the pumping action to be very taxing at all, but I don't see any reason why your idea wouldn't work. The handle does have a return spring, btw.<br>
I really want to get started doing this for when SHTF. About how much more shelf life does this add? weeks, months, years?
Good question for which there isn't an exact answer. Consider that the primary causes of deterioration in stored dry food are oxygen, heat, light, and time. Heat and light can be eliminated by storing your goods in a cool, dark place (such as a basement or crawl-space). This technique removes almost all of the oxygen. Commercial canning operations that produce 'survival' type dehydrated foods for long-term storage use chemical oxygen absorbers or nitrogen packing (which displaces the oxygen in the can). This is the same idea. Your vacuum sealed foods (or seeds or whatever) will last longer.<br><br>When I first wrote this instructable 3 years ago, I sealed up some gatoraide, popcorn, and a few other items. I just recently opened some of the gatoraide and popped some of the corn. It was still as fresh as the day I bought it :)<br><br><br>
Some jerk stole my idea and is now selling it for $79.99 at http://www.sustainableseedco.com/vacuum-sealer.html.&nbsp; If you want to let him know what you think of people that steal the ideas of others, feel free to go to his site and leave a comment.&nbsp; :)<br />
The people at sustainableseedco.com didn't steal your idea. They are within the law to use your idea for sale. I notice they discontinue it because it fail to meet customer's need. Hand pumps are exhausting considering a pump that can probably do 23&quot;hg can be had for as low as $5 minus the power supply. :)
Harbor Freight also carries a manual pump designed for this very purpose at 1/3 the price.
One problem may be the level of vacuum, the brake bleeder seems like it will get a good enough vacuum for sure.
This comment is a &quot;little&quot; late, but I've had the plastic vacuum pump/break bleeder for about 20 years, and when new it pulled as much as 27&quot; Hg. Now with age, it does good to make 25&quot; Hg, which is still good as far as I'm concerned. <br> <br>I have only used it for &quot;testing&quot; automotive vacuum components and for bleeding/replacing automotive brake system brake fluid. Works great for one who works alone.
This one looks like a POS but I would try it to store paint and varnish. It might be OK for that. But for the current purpose, no way.
I looked at that one, however it looks like you need the "special" lids that come with the kit, rather than the regular 12 for a dollar Ball jar lids. Also the brake bleeder can pull over 25 inHg vacuum. The other one...well who knows? There's no gauge so how do you really know what kind of vacuum you're pulling?
that one looks like a cheap knockoff of the &quot;pump and seal&quot;<br /><br />http://www.pump-n-seal.com/<br /><br />The glasses at Harbor Freight look exactly like widemouth can and freeze jars. They're glass, but made such that frozen food can expand upward instead of breaking the jar. I have a ton around her to freeze chili/soup/stew/taco meat in single serving portions.<br /><br />It does, however look like that you need to use their four supplied lids for their pump<br />
Hi!<br /> I've been using the manual hand pumped brake bleeder from Harbor Freight&nbsp; for over a year now. It works great! It comes with several attachments and one of them works perfectly. It seals my quart seed&nbsp; and milk jars so well that I have to pry them open with a can opener and usually damage the lids.<br /> The only thing is you have to watch out for the screw on the handle rolling of on you after a while. It works it's way off after about 6 months of heavy usage. I just check it occasionally and tighten it up. I love this system, and wouldn't be without it. I love the fact that no electricity is needed, which is a plus for when the SHTF.<br /> Oh yea, Harbor Freight had me waiting for delivery for 2 months! I didn't like that!<br />
take a spoon, flip it over, and press the edge into the screw thread of the jar. slide the spoon around the thread until it contacts the lid. press a little harder. The vacuum should break and you should be able to save the jar for reuse.<br /> <br /> I have the zinc die cast version of what Harbor Freight designed a copy of. Works great.<br />
Here is a link to the one referenced in the article:<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=92474">http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=92474</a><br/><br/>I think this is a link to the one mentioned by Snoyes:<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=96414">http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=96414</a><br/>

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