As I mentioned recently, we have a can sealer. Our thought was that it would be prudent to have foods canned not only in jars, but in cans also. If an earthquake devastates our jars of food, we will have a back-up of home canned foods in metal cans. If TEOTWAWKI overcomes us, we will have things canned in disposable cans to give as charity, rather than handing out our supply of glass jars. Also, we would like to seal things in metal cans for long term storage. Garden seeds, sprouting seeds, first aid kits, survival kits (both of which would be canned in cans with pop-top lids - not requiring a can opener), bouillon, loose leaf tea and whatever else we can think of.
We bought our can sealer used, from Craigslist. It was in great condition, and appeared to have all its parts. After much procrastination, we ordered a case of cans from Wells Cans in British Columbia (where you can also buy the can sealer we have), and attempted our first can sealing project - canning loose tea. It was a failure. It turned out that we had the wrong chuck for the cans that we were attempting to seal. We ordered a new chuck in the correct size, thankful that we had used our equipment before we needed it, otherwise, we would have had cans and a can sealer that were completely useless!
|Our first "crunched" can - using the|
wrong sized chuck
|The can full of tea|
|Putting the lid on the can|
|Adjusting the can in the sealer|
|Sealing the can|
|Newly sealed can|
|Isn't it beautiful!?|
|Tea, ready for long term storage|
(I think I will have to have some pretty labels!)