Saturday, July 23, 2011

Preparedness Challenge #18

This week for the Preparedness Challenge I worked on my food storage. You can never do enough and you will always rotate so this is a good thing.

I purchased a few of the Gamma Lids. I have been collecting the 3 and 5 gallon (food grade) pails and am excited to see them work. I have been getting the pails for free at my local grocery store bakery. They don't mind, but they are far and few between so it has taken a while to collect some. I think someone else has the same idea, lol. Here is the 'skinny' on the lids:

The Gamma Seal Lid:
  • Fits Universally on 3.5 to 7 Gallon Buckets/Pails
  • Re-seals Your Bucket Quickly
  • Stackable
  • Simple Color Organization
  • Easy Opening Lid
  • Airtight & Leak proof Gaskets
  • Heavy Duty and Durable
They come in a lot of different colors too. I purchased white ones. I can't wait to put the rice, flour, sugar and oats in them and see how they do for our family.

I also scoured the grocery flyers, but they weren't very good this week and we are good with what we have. I will continue to work on food this week.

I have been looking at pressure canners. I have a water bath canner and can can the tomato sauces, jellies and jams, but I want to put up other vegetables. I have had real good luck finding jars at garage sale lately too. I have to buy the lids and rings, but so far, the jars have been perfect.

 These are all the instructors pressure canners!

So, a couple of Saturdays ago I took a canning class. It was at our local county extension office and the class was very full. It was advertised to be for meat and/or vegetables and she did carrots. I have taken the class before but for some reason, this time, I got so much more out of it and feel totally comfortable using a pressure canner.

filling the jars with carrots

She was patient with all of us and answered all our questions. We went about a half an hour over the class time but she didn’t mind at all.  So now I am on the hunt for a good pressure canner. I am leaning towards buying new though. I just want to make sure it is in proper working order and would hate to waste money on one that does not work right.

some veggies she had done before

Thanks for reading and click the Preparedness Challenge button above to join in the fun!
Have a great week!


  1. I would buy new. I have bought from garage sales before..and most of the accesories on it had to be bought new.

    I think things are going to get interesting in the stores in a few weeks...depending on what the government does with the money thing.

    Keep storing!!

    Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  2. Buy new. You don't want to mess around with something pressurized. They do explode if you do not follow the steps. I'm so glad to hear your class was full. that is a sign of the times. We had a class like that at church for the sole purpose to teach people to save money and to be self reliant.

    God Bless

    get canning



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