How to Vacuum Pack Jars of Sauce

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Making your own sauces is rewarding, but it can often become time consuming. Cooking a large batch of sauce and then vacuum-sealing some of it will allow you save it for later use while also retaining its flavor and freshness. Whether you choose to use Mason jars or special vacuum-seal canisters to store the sauce, you can be sure that it will taste as fresh and delicious as the day you made it.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum sealer
  • Vacuum canisters or Mason jars
  • Damp cloth
  • Sauce
  • Ladle or large spoon
  • Funnel (optional)
  • Ladle the sauce into the first Mason jar or vacuum canister. If possible, use a funnel. If wayward sauce lands on the mouth of the jars, wipe it away with a damp cloth and then dry the opening to prevent any complications during the sealing process. If you are using Mason jars, proceed to Step 2. If you are using vacuum canisters, proceed to Step 3.

  • Attach the Mason jar attachment that fits the style of jar that you are using to the port on the vacuum sealer (jars can come in wide or regular-mouthed varieties). Follow the manufacturer's instructions for connecting the attachment to your vacuum sealer and to a jar of sauce. Place the lid and ring nearby so it is easy to access. Most vacuum sealers with this type of attachment will seal the lid in place, allowing you to screw on the ring after the jar has been sealed. Proceed to Step 4.

  • Attach the hose attachment to both the attachment port on the vacuum sealer and to the hose port on the lid of the first vacuum canister. Make sure the rubber gasket is properly seated inside the lid of your vacuum canister before setting it on top of the canister. Proceed to Step 4.

  • Follow your vacuum sealer manufacturer's instructions regarding the sealing of liquids in Mason jars or vacuum canisters. Most vacuum sealers have a variety of settings that can be tweaked depending on whether the contents of the jar are wet or dry. There may be other settings to choose from when using attachments, depending on your sealer. With vacuum canisters, there will usually be a port on the top of the lid where you can attach the vacuum sealer hose attachment. This hose runs from the sealer to the lid, and the sealer will suck the air from your canister once you press the button. With Mason jars, there is usually an attachment to the vacuum sealer that can be mounted on top of lidded Mason jars to suck out the air from the jar. It typically takes less than a minute to seal a jar or canister.

  • Clean any mess your sauce leaves behind, either in the vacuum sealer itself or in any of the attachments you've used. If your sauce contains meat or dairy products, store it in your refrigerator or freezer. If your sauce is made of fruit or vegetables, you can store it in your refrigerator, freezer or cupboard.

Tips & Warnings

  • When using the hose attachment on a vacuum sealer, the machine will sometimes suck up a small amount of liquid in the process of sealing a jar. Your vacuum sealer may have a tray designed to collect the liquid for easy cleanup. Make sure to empty, wash and sanitize this tray after use.

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