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“A brake bleeder,” I said. “Works without power. Well, okay, it is hand-powered.”

Ever open one of those #10 cans of freeze-dried berries, knowing darn-well you won’t get it all eaten before they started getting moist? The solution is simple—put what you don’t want to use in the next month into some jars and pull the air out with a brake bleeder.

Husbands—do NOT use the one from a garage. Spring $22 for a kit from The Zon.

Now… The kit alone won’t be enough. You also need to the adaptor—the two-piece kit, if you also want to vacuum the small jars. The kit in the link also comes with the hose that allows you to plug it into your vacuum sealer.

If you’re thinking about a day without electricity, though, these little brake bleeder kits are awesome. I counted about 150 squeezes to get the jar to the 20 pounds of vacuum that is recommended. If you happen to lose your grip on the end that is plunging the small plastic piece into the adaptor, fret not. There is an upper chamber in the adaptor that loses vacuum, but the inner chamber keeps the vacuum gained. It only takes a few extra squeezes to get that upper chamber back into action.

You know how hard it is to take a pic of a gauge while using the other hand to keep the hose pushed it? Sorry about the sideways photo. YES—I got it to over 20 pounds, but I lost a little during the “complex picture-taking operation.”

Because I was storing freeze-dried food that we’ll eat in in the next few months, I’m using previously used lids. They’re holding so far. I would never recommend that for an actual canning process.

I’ll close the article with a few extra pics. Comment, share, and email me any tips or questions you have!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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