How To Preserve Dry Foods For 20-30 Years

photo: Lisa Muhammad
Above: Navy Beans, Small Red Beans, Oatmeal, Lentils and Brown Rice.

I read about this on the internet a few days ago.  I like the idea of this, because you can get rid of those little critters that like to hide out in dry goods, especially my flour.

What you need:
Dried goods (rice, pasta, cereal, dried fruit, dried vegetables, dried herbs, etc)
Canning jars of any shape or size
Canning lids to fit the canning jars
Cookie sheet
Kitchen towelPaper towel

Step 1: Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Step 2: Place cookie sheet into preheating oven.

Step 3: Fill jars with dried goods, leaving the lids off

Step 4: Place jars on cookie sheet in the oven for 1 hour.

Step 5: Place a towel large enough on your table or counter to sit the jars on after they finished processing in the oven.

Step 6Remove one jar at a time CAREFULLY from the oven. Use a kitchen towel or large kitchen mitt to hold the jars. They will be very hot! Place the jar on the kitchen towel.

Step 7:  Take a damp paper towel and wipe the mouth of the jar with it. Place lid firmly on the jar.
Then go back and get another jar.  Continue this process until all jars are sealed.

Step 8: Listen for popping to indicate that the jar has sealed. As in regular canning, not all jars will seal. If the jar does not seal it could be an indication of a bad lid or a bad jar or just plain bad luck. You can try it again for that jar or be satisfied in knowing that at least your dried goods are kept safe from bugs. 

-the good cook