Storing Instant Potatoes In Mason Jars With A Foodsaver

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  • Mass Effect
    Mass Effect  3 months back

    Why on God's green earth is it recommended to put in freezer no living organism can live in a vacuum without oxygen or moisture!!!!...NONE AT ALL!!!!!

    • TexasPrepper2
      TexasPrepper2   3 months back

      True... But I just always add a degree of safety on just about everything.
      alan
      https://homesteadadvisor.com/

  • J.T. Waterman
    J.T. Waterman  5 months back

    If you switch the amount of milk & water around, you will have instant potatoes that taste like potatoes are to taste. I laughed at my late husband who used to tell me," I can tell the different between real potatoes & "Fake" potatoes." Well, I fixed them & watched him eat 3 helpings & just smiled. He asked," why are you smiling like the bird who ate a canary?" I just said," you are so BUSTED!" Well a couple nights later he said," Honey, why don't you make some of those potatoes (whispered that word) so I acted like I didn't know what he was talking about & made him say it," Instant Potatoes!" For he had to admit that they are just as good as real ones for they are just dehydrated potatoes. His granny & mom never fixed them & put it in his head they was "Fake". I thought you all could use a laugh so I shared this with you.

    • TexasPrepper2
      TexasPrepper2   5 months back

      With the exception of the lumps in 'real' mashed potatoes... I can't tell the difference.

  • Shirley Fryer
    Shirley Fryer  11 months back

    Can you store in vacuum bags?

    • TexasPrepper2
      TexasPrepper2   11 months back

      Plus, jars are rodent proof. And depending on where they are stored, that could be the difference between having storage and not having storage.

    • TexasPrepper2
      TexasPrepper2   11 months back

      Yes, but I've had a lot of the fail... that's why I like jars.

  • Little Squirrel
    Little Squirrel  1 years back

    Do you still have these packed up and do you still store food? Would love to see some food storag?e videos. How long did you store these before you ate e canister

    • Papa'sFatCat
      Papa'sFatCat  1 years back

      You asked the question I was going to ask, so will just tag on to your question.

    • TexasPrepper2
      TexasPrepper2   1 years back

      I think most if this is still "stored".
      I haven't done much storing lately, as I already have a lot stored.
      I hope to do more storage vids in the near future. Stay tuned :)

  • Renee Melton
    Renee Melton  1 years back

    I seemed to have missed the point in storing it in jars. Please educate me on this.

    • 71160000
      71160000  1 years back

      The jars also protect the food from insects and rodents that would normally be a threat to the contents. I tend to freeze the food first and then once packed in jars oven can so there's little chance of moisture or insects that might survive in the food. I doubt anyone can accurately predict the self life but in an emergency better than nothing to have a store of food that's likely safe to eat and perhaps still tasty.

    • Renee Melton
      Renee Melton  1 years back

      TexasPrepper2 ok. Thank you very much. Would come in handy if we ever have a food shortage or a natural diaster that prevented a trip to the store.

    • TexasPrepper2
      TexasPrepper2   1 years back

      The food stores for long term.
      AND... I'm storing JARS... not just the food product.
      The jars can be reused when the food is eaten from them.
      I think it's a win-win situation.

  • David D
    David D  2 years back

    are instant potatoes and potato flakes the same thing ?

  • Leonard Genovese
    Leonard Genovese  2 years back

    Do you have to sterilize the jars first

  • C C
    C C  3 years back

    Thank you for the video good inside, I have a question once you get the package out of the freezer how do you warm them up? can I just leave it outside to get to room temperature then start the canning process.
    Palmdale CA

    • TexasPrepper2
      TexasPrepper2   3 years back

      I let it warm up slowly. I just leave it in the house for a day or 2

  • MsSatinBow
    MsSatinBow  3 years back

    Haha, I love your comment---Yes they are delicious. I call them potato crack! 😀

    • Faith Pon
      Faith Pon  3 years back

      You can have better tasting potatoes, dehydrate your own and no additives!

      • Kryliss Norwind
        Kryliss Norwind  3 years back

        Those are my favorite instant potatoes as well. Try using half and half instead of milk. You'll thank me. :)

        • Roddy Piper
          Roddy Piper  3 years back

          Great thank you.. Now what about the flavored mashed potatoes, what's your opinion on those.. Can I store those? Also what about the instant oatmeal packets AND the Nissan Top Ramen noodles how long can I store those two items. And so I store in food saver bags or Mylar

          • TexasPrepper2
            TexasPrepper2   3 years back

            I've never done flavored potatoes or Ramen, but I would think they would store for several years... but not sure.
            I've found mylar is much more reliable than FS bags.

        • Roddy Piper
          Roddy Piper  3 years back

          I don't have room for the jars.. How about if I use Mylar bags with Oxygen absorbers.. How long can I store plain and Butter Flavor mashed potatoes

          • TexasPrepper2
            TexasPrepper2   3 years back

            I don't know exactly how long they will store, but yes, you can store in mylar with O2 absorbers.
            Careful though... mice can and will chew through the bags if you don't have them in buckets or something else to protect them

        • Roddy Piper
          Roddy Piper  3 years back

          How do I store these using vacuum sealer like food saver

          • TexasPrepper2
            TexasPrepper2   3 years back

            That's what I'm using in this video... a Foodsaver.
            I use jars because I've had a LOT of failures using the bags.

        • Digitalmanne
          Digitalmanne  3 years back

          I have not tried using the potatoes with milk (like shown) The standard potatoes I found in a jar that was 12 years old.... The family never knew the difference!  Labels? I cut off the instructions, and use the shrink wrap to hold it on the outside.  The label adds a little bump protection, and after 4 or 5 wraps with the plastic wrap helps to.

          • Sniffer
            Sniffer  1 years back

            I stored standard Idahoan using mason jars 5 years ago. Eating some now, the potatoe flakes smell a litlle odd. But other than that taste good. Just add water, butter and mix don't really need milk. Had walmart instant flakes is freezer for 5 years and they tasted just like the Idahoan instant potatoes.

          • TexasPrepper2
            TexasPrepper2   3 years back

            Good idea

        • mary isabell
          mary isabell  4 years back

          You have great advice and is very much appreciated . I think 'freezing' items as you mentioned , is a HUGE must do .This is so simple just to set in your freezer for approx a week and after that - complete the storage procedure .I want to know I can REALLY rely on my food source with no regrets . BLESSINGS

          • 53muse
            53muse  4 years back

            you don't use an oxygen absorber?

            • 53muse
              53muse  4 years back

              @TexasPrepper2 Thank you. 

            • TexasPrepper2
              TexasPrepper2   4 years back

              +53muse
              If I have some O2 abs... I'll use them. They give an extra layer of protection.
              If the Foodsaver is doing it's job, there should be no O2 in the jar anyway.

          • linda caldwell
            linda caldwell  4 years back

            You know something? Everyone always want to push that food for the longest time possible as far as how "long" will it last? but really why would you want to? Why not rotate your stuff and shoot for like 5-8 years or whatever for most everything? ?

            • TexasPrepper2
              TexasPrepper2   4 years back

              +linda caldwell
              That's a much better plan... thanks

          • Crazy Dogs
            Crazy Dogs  4 years back

            Thank you for the information I put up 8 quarts out of a 5 pound bag and yes I did put them in a dark place enjoy your videos keep up the good work

            • Crazy Dogs
              Crazy Dogs  4 years back

              Hi - I've enjoyed all your videos, I've now tried vacuum sealing these potatoes how long do you think they will last in storage ?

              • TexasPrepper2
                TexasPrepper2   4 years back

                +Richard Mellin
                Well... I don't know for sure... but I don't see why they wouldn't last for 10+ years. Try to keep them in a dark, cool place

            • joecoool100
              joecoool100  4 years back

              how about cutting the instructions off the box and vac sealing it inside the first jar you use.....touching the outside of the jar so you could see it.....that way it would never be lost

              • TexasPrepper2
                TexasPrepper2   4 years back

                +joecoool100
                Good idea... I thought about it, but didn't do it :(

            • dagmar mccormick
              dagmar mccormick  5 years back

              I just cut the instructions right of the packaging and that tape it to the jar saves me all the printing.

              • TexasPrepper2
                TexasPrepper2   5 years back

                @dagmar mccormick Good idea... I just cut it off the carton and put it under the jars in the box.

            • Lil Mike
              Lil Mike  5 years back

              How long do the sealers and hoses last.

              • TexasPrepper2
                TexasPrepper2   5 years back

                Hmmm... I've had mine for several years. I would think they'd last for quite a while. There's not much that could go wrong with them...

            • Awakeon Earth
              Awakeon Earth  6 years back

              You ain't never lied! Those are some good ass potatoes!

              • TexasPrepper2
                TexasPrepper2   5 years back

                @dagmar mccormick
                Hmmm..... didn't know they came in mylar pouches... interesting.

              • dagmar mccormick
                dagmar mccormick  5 years back

                I agree that the only kind of instant potatos we eat and like. They also come in Mylar pouches and we take them for camping as well.

            • Sonny Earp
              Sonny Earp  6 years back

              Would it be overkill to also put an oxygen absorber in the jars before sealing them?

              • Sonny Earp
                Sonny Earp  6 years back

                Thank you for the response, God bless!

              • TexasPrepper2
                TexasPrepper2   6 years back

                Overkill ? Not necessarily. I like going the extra mile when it comes to something that could be essential for your family some day.

            • Tony Knaak
              Tony Knaak  6 years back

              Thanks for some great tips. I bought a Food Saver because I saw your video on storing rice in mason jars. I just recently started planning and storing food, so I was hoping to find a good way to sore some rice. I did take Prairie Home's advice though and bought some Tattler reusable lids and seals for mine.

              • Prairie Home
                Prairie Home  6 years back

                Oh and about re-using lids. I seen that on another video.

                Here's my thoughts. If your really really want to reuse lids, buy tattler lids-they are made for re-using.

                OR only re-use these style lids for things you will be eating fairly soon. (not long term storage).

                The thing about these style lids, is they are made to be disposable. There is not enough gum for them to be re-used over and over. These lids are very very cheap. So...the price of chancing that the gum was too degraded to work properly verses the few cents a new lid cost and having secure fresh food...it's worth the few pennies. Or again like I said invest in lids made to be reused like tattler.

                Another thing and I'm not trying to be nit picky here. But, on the video that said for people to re-use this style lid, they also said to screw on the ring too for storing.

                Two reasons you do not store your canned goods with the rings.

                1) IF something were to happen (say the glue was not good or it was not properly sealed for what ever reason). If the lid comes unsealed, with the right weather conditions the ring may re-seal the lid back on...however, between the time that it came unsealed and the time that the weather conditions made it reseal, the food may of gotten bacteria or other such that would cause it to go bad-especially things you should process-not rice, but say like jams, veggies, fruits. however, while the rice probably wouldn't grow bacteria, it could go rancid from the exposure to oxygen, put together with while it sealed again that time the oxygen was still inside it. So...if you don't seal it with the ring, AND it was to come unsealed, you would know it, and it wouldn't reseal itself again.

                2) If any moisture gets exposed to the ring/lid, it could actually cause the ring and lid to rust together where you would never get it open at all.

                And there was just many many other health issues that the video I watched was totally wrong about in canning. That's why I did not take the advice about re-using the lids with vacuuming sealing as valid.

                • 71160000
                  71160000  1 years back

                  Most recommendations I've seen say it's alright to reuse the lids as long as they haven't been pressure canned before. I've reused many times without ever having a failure. I think if done correctly with a vacuum sealer you're not putting too much pressure on the seal. I also don't boil my rings for dry canning. I simply wash in how water, dry and use. However I do agree on the rings. I keep mine just for pressure or water bath canning removing them after the jars cool. This way the rings last a lot longer than sitting on the jars and if a seal does fail you'll know it at a glance.

              • Prairie Home
                Prairie Home  6 years back

                What I do is cut out the instructions, take a copy, and then use clear packing tape and "laminate" tape the instructions to each jar itself. I do this even at home-for food we are eating NOW. I think the current food looks prettier in jars then in "paper" boxes they come in from the store. So I've been doing this for years. The labels I make this way seem to really last well. But, I would do for each jar, if I was doing this for "prep" food, in case one label gets ruined or such, you'll have back up.

                • TexasPrepper2
                  TexasPrepper2   6 years back

                  You've made some VERY GOOD points in both your comments.
                  Thanks so much for your input !
                  alan

              • TexasPrepper2
                TexasPrepper2   6 years back

                Several folks have commented that they DO reuse their lids.
                I haven't... but will try to re-use them next time...

                • makrsk09
                  makrsk09  6 years back

                  Can I reuse a canning seal for this job?

                  • lisa bradley
                    lisa bradley  6 years back

                    For the pet people, dog and cat food the dry kind would keep in the shtf prep cause weevil will get into the dog food, your bucket would work really well!

                    • Wayne Meador
                      Wayne Meador  6 years back

                      All very good info, thank you for sharing! Wayne

                      • redscynder
                        redscynder  6 years back

                        Rubberbands on the jar work for clanking

                        • TexasPrepper2
                          TexasPrepper2   6 years back

                          Good idea... thanx

                          • Buddy Barker
                            Buddy Barker  6 years back

                            You could cut the back of the box out instead of copying. I'm sure it takes at least one box per case of jars. What'da ya think? Just a thought.

                            • TexasPrepper2
                              TexasPrepper2   6 years back

                              Piece of cake... kinda hard to mess up.
                              Just wipe off the jar tops and heat the lids a little to get a good seal.
                              Let me know how it goes...

                              • Cheryl Kelley
                                Cheryl Kelley  6 years back

                                I had never thought about doing this. I will start.

                                • Larrys LeatherWork
                                  Larrys LeatherWork  6 years back

                                  Because of you texasprepper2 my wife and I bought a foodsaver. It works great and I ordered the jar sealers from the company so should be getting them soon. Thanks for sharing. now if we can do it all right.

                                  • TexasPrepper2
                                    TexasPrepper2   6 years back

                                    Thanks man !
                                    I just subbed your channel... great information !

                                    • USNERDOC
                                      USNERDOC  6 years back

                                      Big fan of your channel. Awesome video! Thank you for all your hard work.

                                      • TexasPrepper2
                                        TexasPrepper2   6 years back

                                        Potatoes, I'm not sure... but rice, beans etc should last 5-10 years ... maybe a lot more. I am hoping for the same with the potatoes, but as good as they taste, they may not stay in the jars that long :)

                                        • TexasPrepper2
                                          TexasPrepper2   6 years back

                                          I don't like to put all my eggs in one basket... or ... bucket... as it were...

                                          Seriously, I have several items in buckets, but just want to use various methods to round out the preps.

                                          • falcon02012
                                            falcon02012  6 years back

                                            how many years can you keep the potatoes

                                            • TheBzybees
                                              TheBzybees  6 years back

                                              Why are u using this method instead of the Mylar bag system that was so successful with your oats

                                              • DFBlair1964
                                                DFBlair1964  6 years back

                                                If you worried about the bottles breaking, store the bottles back in the box they came in.

                                                • hurdman
                                                  hurdman  6 years back

                                                  A fat rubber band around some of the jars will keep them separated.

                                                  • MaruAdventurer
                                                    MaruAdventurer  6 years back

                                                    In my youth, more than I am willing to admit. My college social circle nicknamed me `keg king`. Not that much any more, recovery cycle takes too long for this ole bod. :)

                                                    • MsKestrela1
                                                      MsKestrela1  6 years back

                                                      A couple more tips for ya: if you have trouble getting the lids to seal, try putting another lid upside down over top of the one on the jar, then, vacuum. I don't know why it works, but it does! Save all your worn-out socks, cut the foot part off, and cut the tops into 2 inch wide rings. Slide one ring over each jar, and it will keep the jars from knocking together.

                                                      • Karen Allen
                                                        Karen Allen  1 years back

                                                        MsKestrela1 That’s a great idea, especially for all those socks whose mates disappear in the dryer. I never can find them but obsessively save the odd socks in hope that it’s mate will one day return. I wonder where they go as I have a sizeable collection of odd ones. They will now have a new purpose.