Dry Canning: 3 Methods Dry Goods Food Preservation


Jars Of Dry Canned Goods

Photo by Ellen Olsson

Miss Google is a wonderful asset to gain knowledge on just about anything. However, she can lead you astray, as I found out the other day. When completing any food-preservation project, it is essential to check multiple websites and ensure that each is a reputable source of information. You must be satisfied with your knowledge beyond a shadow of a doubt.

My recent preservation experience started with a YouTube video on dry canning. As one who has always canned many of my own fruits and vegetables, I never thought too much about preserving dry foods. I have always put my flour, cornmeal, and some other dry goods in the freezer, because of the “bugs” that could get into it. The downside to this is that it does take up a lot of freezer space.

So, I was thrilled when I ran across a video on oven canning. I thought I had found a way to be able to buy dry goods in bulk and store them without any of them going bad. However, with a little more research, I found that there are different ways to preserve these dried foods and some were better than others.

Which Foods Can Be Dry Canned?

In a nutshell, "dry-pack canning" is used for foods that have less than 10 percent moisture and are low in oil content. Foods like nuts that contain oils go rancid if kept for long periods of time. Foods such as pasta, cereal, white rice, white flour (unlike brown rice or flour, which contain oils), beans, corn, powdered milk and eggs, herbs and spices and other dried foods are excellent choices for dry canning.

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