This morning I went through the pantry and took out things like oats, grits, panko, cornmeal . . things that we always keep. I dumped it all into jars and vacuum sealed them.
I use the old pressure canner that Vince made into a vacuum chamber and can vacuum seal 7 quart jars at once. I had a couple of half gallon jars of wheat that had been opened, some used and re-sealed, so I combined two partial jars of wheat into three quarts. The wheat is from 2008 and is still fine. Vacuum sealing really prolongs the life of grains and grain type foods.
In this load of the canner, I have quick grits, steel cut oats, quick oats and wheat. Once I open a jar, I can either re-seal it with the hand held sealer that’s attached to the FoodSaver (which I find doesn’t seal quite as well as the vacuum chamber) or I can wait til I have several that needs to be resealed and put them all in the vacuum chamber. I can also just put a screw on lid on the jar if it’s something I’m going to be using within a few weeks.
Having food in storage is only a good idea if we can keep it fresh and safe to use.