Saturday, October 30, 2010

Storing Halloween Candy!

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Halloween is here! My children returned home with their bags filled to the top with candy.  I have two kinds of kids, those who save their candy, and those who eat as much as they can until they feel sick.  Although they are different they both want their candy to last for a very long time.  A part of my family's food storage is actually candy, brownies, cake mixes, etc.  I want our routine to be as normal as possible in an emergency and so I store candy.  

Sealing up the Halloween Candy in the foodsaver canister.

Storing candy is quite easy if you own a food saver.  If you don't have one you may need to add it to your Christmas wish list.  I use a food saver to store many items in mason jars.  I buy my spices from Winco in large quantities and I seal them in mason jars until I need to refill my plastic spice containers.  It works the same with candy!!  I fill my jars with similar pieces of candy so the flavors don't blend and then I vacuum seal them in the jar.  They will last for years this way.  

 Individually wrapped candy works the best.  I tried to seal candy corn one year and it got really sugary and sticky.  I like the small size candy bars and jolly wrancher type candy.  They fit in the jars well, store well, and are good for portion control :)  So think outside the food storage box and add some fun food to your food storage this Halloween!

October Goals
Beans-60lbs per person per year.  Beans, peas, lentils, nuts, and sprouting beans.  Store in a cool dry place and dry beans will last 30+ years.  Canned beans have a shelf life of around 2 years.  Rinse your canned beans and soak dry beans to lessen the "effects" of beans.  Soak dry beans for 8-12 hours, rinse and add new water.  Simmer and cook as directed. 
Cold weather clothing and bedding-Take inventory of your coats, hats, gloves, boots, sleeping bags, long underwear, ski clothing, bedding and blankets.  Have a year supply of clothing for children.  Keep blankets and gloves in your car for emergencies. 
Enjoy the journey!
Enjoy the blessings!
Feel the peace!

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