Process your own food to ensure its lasting goodness.
The world is an unpredictable place. There might come a time when regular shopping at the local grocery store could be interrupted by an unforeseen food shortage or other natural or man-made crisis occurs (again). All it takes is one hiccup in the supply chain to disrupt the normal flow of food and those who are unprepared will be in trouble when it comes to feeding their families.
One solution is to have plenty of food on hand in case such a scenario occurs, and this can be done partly by preserving fresh foods to make them last far longer than the norm.
Canning, food dehydration, vacuum sealing and other methods of food preservation can all extend the life of foods exponentially while keeping their flavors and nutrition intact.
To win this food storage battle, you need some tools of the trade. This group of food processing essentials can help you make today’s fresh food last well into the uncertain future.
Brød and Taylor Sahara Food Dehydrator
This uniquely designed food dehydrator features a plethora of benefits for food preservation and folds down to a compact size when it’s not in use. Use this space-saving wonder to extend the life of fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, herbs and more, enabling you to have food on hand in case of a crisis or food shortage. Its seven-tray capacity allows for large amounts of food processing, while its powerful performance mechanics will ensure food preservation for years to come. It even makes healthy treats for your dog!
FoodSaver 5800 Series 2-in-1 Automatic Bag-Making Vacuum Sealer
When it comes to “big and bold,” this vacuum sealer takes the prize. It features a simplified system that makes custom-sized bags so you can pack the perfect protein in the perfect-sized bag every time. Additionally, this unit enables you to marinate foods in minutes, instead of hours, via its “rapid marinate” mode. One press of a button is all it takes for you to vacuum seal your food to last up to five times longer than it otherwise would, while its “smart” indicator lights provide process status notifications.
This is the ultimate fisherman’s or hunter’s sidekick when it comes to preserving their harvest. Its power and performance allow you to process a vast amount of protein, keeping it sealed and preserved for the long haul. Its sleek and compact design goes just about anywhere and can continually seal up to 60 bags—up to 180 pounds of game at one sitting. Included with the Wingman are two sizes of heat-seal rolls, two bag sizes and an accessory hose.
If large-scale processing isn’t needed but you still need a vacuum sealer to preserve your food, this model fits the bill. The FM2000 features a powerful vacuum that allows you to preserve meat, vegetables, fish, chicken and other fresh foods up to five times longer than with regular packaging. Furthermore, freezer burn will be a thing of the past with the included heavy-duty bags. Save counter and cabinet space, as well as money, with this compact option.
New technology minimizes material usage
Helps prevent freezer burn
Seals with regular and custom-sized bags
Easy-lock latch secures bag for strongest vacuum seal
Includes five bags, vacuum-seal roll and accessory hose
Fermenting is a great way to preserve vegetables, and this book will guide you on that journey. No matter if you’re a novice to the world of fermenting or a seasoned pro looking for new recipes, this book covers all the basics and expands on detailed processes for such items as golden beets, pickled green coriander, carrot kraut and many others. It’s written by fermenting experts Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey, so you’ll have their expertise handy while you’re producing all your favorites in your own kitchen.
More than 120 recipes for fermented vegetables
Easy-to-carry paperback edition
Loaded with additional useful information
Useful for producing krauts, pickles, chutneys, relishes and pastes
When making kraut, you need a stomper to get the fermentation process started, and this wooden tool does the trick. Use this manual tool to pound salted cabbage into smaller pickling crocks, and you’ll be on your way to great, tasty sauerkraut. It’s made by a local craftsman from sanded poplar and will last for years to come. Use a wood preserver on this stomper for longer life and to prevent splits or cracks.
Featuring an old European design, this crock is designed to make kraut the best and safest way possible. It uses a built-in channel for water to produce a secure seal. As a result, natural carbon dioxide can bubble out and escape while keeping odors inside. Additionally, contaminants in the air, including mold and insects, can’t breach the container and spoil your contents. This item includes fitted ceramic weights to keep food submerged for optimal fermentation.
This 37th edition is truly the ultimate guide to preserving food. Chock-full of valuable information, it features sections about canning, ingredient preparation, meal options, customizing flavors and more. Step-by-step photos take you though the processes so you’ll always be on track until you create the best-preserved food possible. This book includes hundreds of recipes, so you’ll always have a plethora of options at your fingertips.
Includes more than 500 recipes
Full color photos throughout
Easy-to-find groupings and organization within the book
Plenty of pork belly and nothing to do with it? Your problem is solved with this amazing, original cure that creates traditional bacon via its well-balanced recipe. Cure up to 25 pounds of pork with this package and enjoy bacon at your next breakfast (or anytime you crave bacon’s salty goodness). The special “formula” contains salt, brown sugar, sugar, maple syrup, sodium nitrite (0.7 percent), along with glycerin to prevent caking. Go big with that pig!
If you want to make jerky, you need a great recipe to start, and this kit can help. Consisting of one package of cure, one package of seasoning, a shaker bottle and detailed instructions, this product will transform your ground or muscle meat into long-lasting jerky for both everyday and emergency needs. Flavorful components of the recipe include salt, spices, garlic powder, soy sauce powder and others. Don’t assume that the meat is the most important aspect of jerky, because the spice mixture makes or breaks the taste—and this one doesn’t disappoint.
Tasty, original recipe flavor
Detailed instructions included
Use with beef, wild game, poultry or fish
Complete kit in one convenient package
For up to 15 pounds of muscle meat or 10 pounds of ground meat
Hi Mountain Seasonings Big Shot Jerky & Sausage Gun
You’ll be well-armed when making jerky or sausage if you’re hefting this incredible meat-preserving gun. This tool of the jerky trade features three nozzles—flat, long and sausage stuffing—all of which produce the perfect meat snacks with every squeeze of the trigger. Furthermore, after the fun is done, the included barrel brush makes cleanup fast and efficient. It’s time to pull out the Big Shot Jerky & Sausage Gun for your next jerky-making session! Included seasonings process up to 10 pounds of ground meat.
Hi Mountain Seasonings Original Summer Sausage Kit
This kit makes creating long-lasting summer sausage both fun and easy, because it contains all the necessary components in one complete package. This easy-to-store box contains two Hi Mountain cure packets, two seasoning packets, one pack of mahogany fibrous casings and detailed instructions for a do-it-yourself weekend of tasty sausage-making for the whole family. The well-balanced spice recipe and select ingredients ensure a delicious final product you can enjoy all summer long … and well beyond.
Includes everything needed to make tasty summer sausage
Making jerky takes several stages, but when it’s time to tenderize, season and then cut the finished product, this all-in-one board can lend a helping hand. Constructed of durable metal and featuring practical ridges throughout, it keeps all the liquids away from the meat and allows you to concentrate on proper marinating and seasoning. The unit is reversible, so final cutting can be done cleanly. The included 13.5-inch knife fits snugly and safely within the “kit” when the work is done.
Ball nesting jars offer the ideal way to store long-lasting jams, jelly, preserves, chutneys and more. Their reputation for keeping a strong seal over time is without question; no other jars are more reliable. They stack to save space in your cupboard and reduce the chance of breakage by falling off the shelf. When they’re not being used to make jams or jellies, they make great glassware for all types of beverages, candles, workshop bits and pieces, as well as lots of other uses.
BPA-free jars are canning safe for all preserving needs
A loaded garden with ripe tomatoes can be overwhelming, and you’d be hard-pressed to eat them all before they spoil. One solution is to can them, and that’s where this versatile, crystallized citric acid comes in handy. Use this acidic powder as a replacement for lemon juice when it’s time to prepare your abundant tomatoes for canning. A little goes a long way: This small jar can help you process nearly 20 gallons of tasty tomatoes. It’s also ideal for kosher-centric needs and can be added to a variety of dishes.
Just any, old salt won’t do if you want fantastic results when canning or pickling, so it’s time to turn to this specialized salt from Mrs. Wages. It doesn’t matter what you choose to preserve for later use, because you’ll enjoy tasty pickles, corn, tomatoes and more. This salt produces an ultra-clear brine that’s needed for even, tasty, canned goods and pickle products. Need a great recipe? No problem: This pouch boasts a “great taste, made easy” recipe, and it delivers big time!
Don’t underestimate the little things when you start canning, including quality bands and lids. Preserving cucumbers, carrots and onions and creating delicious jams and jellies both require a tight seal to preserve flavor and texture—and, more importantly, to keep contaminants outside the jar. This package of bands and lids from Golden Harvest sets you in the right direction to batches upon batches of quality preserved-food items.
It really doesn’t get easier than this! Just pour the mixture of select pickling herbs over cucumbers or other vegetables and enjoy pickled specialties … with no cooking and essentially no work at all. This ready-made mix is ideal for urban gardeners with limited space and equipment but who still want to preserve fresh foods (or even for people just starting out in the world of pickling and preserving food). Simple directions are on the package, and there are multiple flavored mixtures are available.