Dry-Pack Canning Tips to Get you Started
Suggested items for dry-pack canning include:
• White Rice
• Whole Corn
• Nonfat Dry Milk
• White Flour
• De-germed Cornmeal
• Granulated Sugar
• Potato Flakes
• Hot Chocolate
Are #10 cans a packaging option for emergency kits?
No. Many emergency kit items are not suitable for packaging in cans. First-aid items and food like granola bars are best stored in containers with removable lids, allowing frequent rotation.
Why use DRY PACK Canning method?
• Airtight (hermetically sealed) #10 cans, either flushed with carbon dioxide or packed with oxygen absorbers, protect products from moisture and vermin.
• Number 10 cans, 7" high by 6" diameter are easy to handle, move and store. Cartons hold 6 cans for easy transport and storage and are available at the cannery.
• Not everything should be dry-packed into a can. Products with a high oil or moisture content should not be dry-packed.
Common Mistakes to Avoid When Dry Pack Canning:
· Botulism poisoning is likely if moist products are stored in packaging that reduces oxygen. Products stored in airtight cans with oxygen absorbers must be dry (10% or less moisture).
· Don’t use oxygen absorbers with sugar. Using the oxygen absorbers in the sugar will harden the sugar.
Storage life can be significantly impacted by the following conditions: Temperature: Store products at a temperature of 75°F/24°C or lower whenever possible. If storage temperatures are higher, rotate products as needed to maintain quality. Moisture: Keep storage areas dry. Keep containers off of the floor to allow for air circulation. Light: Store #10 cans away from indirect light.
How much does each #10 can hold?
The total fill volume of a #10 can is approximately eight-tenths (0.82) gallon.
The weight varies by product. A #10 can holds:
v 5.8 pounds (2.6 kg) of wheat
v 5.7 pounds (2.6 kg) of white rice
v 4.1 pounds (2.3 kg) of nonfat, instant dry milk.
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