I have been drying fruits for a little while now and sealing them in mason jars. My goal is to have a variety of fruits available to add to a granola snack, for hiking this summer. Sealing them in mason jars, keeps them fresh and dry.
The first thing I do after drying, is place the fruit in a mason jar and add the flat seal lid. This is cantaloupe in the jar. It has a strong flavor after drying, which makes it great to add to other things.
You don’t have to use mason jars. You can use whatever glass jar a seal lid will fit on. I would rather use the wide mouth jars, but I do not have the sealer cap for that size.
Next, place the Vac ‘N Seal machine sealer cap on top of the lid and press down on the machine. This will suck all the air out and seal the jar.
Once it is done, the seal is stuck on the jar. The only way to get it off is to use a knife to lift up the lid and break the seal. You don’t even have to put the screw lid on. Some people will punch a small hole in the center of the lid and then cover it with tape, before sealing. When they want to break the seal, they just pull the tape off.
I wish I had a photo of all the dried fruits ready to add to hiking snacks, but I don’t have one. All of the fruit is gone. All the yummy, apples, bananas, pineapples, and cantaloupe. All gone. The girls ate them. Ok… I dipped way too many times in the fruit jar too. We’ll just have to start all over again.