Edit: Thanks to some prompting from a Facebook follower I looked into this a little more and realized I should clarify a couple of things about this method. The FDA does not approve oven canning. I would not recommend oven canning of anything but dry goods as the temperature and time would not meet the standards of pressure canning so the potential for botulism or other nasty little toxins to be in your food would not make it worth the “ease” of trying oven canning for anything other than dry goods. The major concern I have with oven canning of dry goods is due to a warning from the jar manufacturers themselves which says that the jars are not designed to be dry heated and it could cause cracking or complete breakage of the glass. Due to that fact I don’t believe we will be trying this method. Mason jars are not cheap enough for me to be comfortable with destroying them and/or losing the food stored in them. Remember, I am learning as I go and I share this information with you. I won’t always be correct but I am always willing to admit when I am wrong. So, back to the drawing board on a good bulk dry good storage method that will work for us. Have a great day and God bless!
We have been trying to find a good storage solution for some of our dry goods for a few weeks now. We have been making bread on a regular basis and we would like to buy our flour and sugar in bulk to help lower our cost per loaf even more. We toyed with the idea of freezing it in bags or jars but now that we are storing more food and we are freezing our goat’s milk for soap making (in the hopefully near future) we are worried about freezer space. We considered large plastic commercial flour tubs for freezing or dry storage as well but I am not comfortable spending the money on plastic at this time so when I came across this article on oven canning from A Working Pantry I was intrigued. One of my concerns with this method is that it will take up space and valuable mason jars but to be honest, bulk food storage will take up space no matter what you do. I need to work on maximizing my space rather than avoiding bulk food storage, so I am going to consider this a little more and likely take the leap. I’ll snag a couple cases of mason jars to add to the growing collection and see if I can’t make a little more room in the cabinets. Maybe this method is just what you’ve been looking for too? Have a great day and God bless!