Dry-pack canning helps people follow the advice
to store a supply of life sustaining foods, especially in these uncertain times. Shabbat School provides
dry-pack canning equipment and the cans for packaging bulk, dried foods that are brought in to the cannery.
Canning machines, oxygen absorber packs and #10 cans
Advantages of Dry-Pack Canning
Pallets of #10 cans on hand
Airtight (hermetically sealed) #10 cans that are flushed with carbon dioxide
or with the provided oxygen absorber packs to protect products from
moisture, insects, and rodents.
Number 10 cans, 7" high by 6" diameter, one gallon in volume, are easy to handle, move, and store.
Cartons, sized to hold 6 cans for easy transport and storage, are provided by the cannery. A standard plastic 1.1 kilo coffee can lid fits on the top of opened cans to preserve the contents until they are used up. However, containers other than #10 cans may be used to store the foodstuffs they have brought if members choose.
Foodstuffs recommended for dry-pack canning have been selected based on
their ability to retain flavor and nutritional values. Grains are fairly
stable over time as whole grains, but they begin to develop stale flavors
soon after the seed coat is broken by milling or cracking. For example, wheat kernels 10,000 years old have been successfully planted and sprouted. Whole grains and legumes can be sprouted as a substitute for vitamin supplements. Products with a high oil or moisture content should not be dry-packed.
Suitable Foodstuffs (Dried)
|Non-fat Dry Milk
Store dry-pack items in a cool (approximately 70F) dry location, away from
Store on shelves or on raised platforms rather than directly in contact
with concrete floors or walls to avoid moisture damage.
Shelf life varies according to product and storage conditions. Although the nutritional value will last longer, for best
results, under normal conditions, the products listed below should be used
|Wheat, Corn, Sugar
||- 8 years
||Macaroni, Spaghetti, Soup Mix
|- 3 years
|Beans, Lentils, Peas
||- 5 years
||White Rice, White Flour, Non-fat Dry Milk,
Rolled Oats, Juice Mix
|- 2 years
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