Urban Basics

Getting back to basics in an urban setting

Dry canning

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I learned how to can dry goods in mason jars. I wish I had a Food Saver with the mason jar attachment… but I dont. So the way I make sure my jars get sealed is to use an oxygen absorber inside the jar. Today I canned a few packages of the 15 Bean soup you can buy in the dry beans section of the grocery store. Inside the package is 15 types of beans as well as a seasoning packet. I poured half the beans into my mason jar and then placed the seasoning packet down the middle and then covered it with the rest of the beans. I cut off the instructions for making the soup off the package and placed in the jar on top of the beans. I then added an oxygen absorber on top then screwed on the lid. After about 20 minutes the oxygen absorber has done its job and taken out all the oxygen inside the jar and sealed the lid down tight.

The food inside the jar will now last way longer then the expiration date on the package.

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Author: stephdt3

My 3 children and I live on 14 acres in Savannah Ga. I have worked hard at turning the property into a thriving, self sufficient homestead. It has been a learning experience and a lot of hard work but its so worth it. I don't understand how our country became so consumer driven. We have lost so much of our production way of life. It is my goal to get back to basics any way that I can. My three children used be so hooked on TV, video games, computers, iphones and ipads. And while they still like those things, they now spend just as much time outside as they do inside. I hope by learning to raise chickens and rabbits, growing gardens, raising goats and riding horses and spending more time outdoors in general, my children will learn to love and appreciate a simpler way of life. I knew nothing about homesteading when I started this journey but I have learned so much and love every minute of it.

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