Why yes, yes I am.
Did you know that you can actually can candy? You probably did. I just learned a few years ago.
A few years ago, when we lived in Mississippi, an amazing lady named Wendy DeWitt came and gave a talk about food storage. Her ‘method’ for food storage is incredible. It blew my mind. You can watch a recording of her talk here and here. I think it’s the same lecture, just different recordings. (Thank goodness for youtube!!) She also has a blog here, but it hasn’t been updated for several years.
Anyway, I took away many things away that night. But one of the biggest things was to can candy. What?! Her thinking was “If I’m having to live off my food storage, I’m going to want some treats!” I have to totally agree.
After that night I sealed up several jars of candy and a few cake mixes, stored them away and promptly forgot about them.
Until we had loads and loads of Halloween candy and I was wondering what to do with it. Store it away, of course!
How is it done?? With this handy contraption. It’s a food sealer, you probably even have one. If you don’t your mom probably does and maybe she will give it to you, like mine did. Thanks mom! Anyway- if you have one, look to see if it has a hose attachment hole. If it does, you are in luck! Hop over to Amazon and buy this jar sealer with an accessory hose.
You take the top (you will need both a regular and wide mouth, they are not interchangeable), stick on the jar lid, cover it with the right top, press your machine button and it magically seals the lid to the jar. It’s amazing.
Record what year you added the candy and store it away. I remember Wendy saying the candy would be good for five years. FIVE. Well, it’s been 6 so I decided to try it.
It was great! It tasted the exact same! (Yes, it’s been several days and no I did not die) And another great thing is once you break the seal, you can reseal it. This is not a one time deal. So once I tried the candy and determined it was fine, I resealed the jar. I’m curious how long it will last.
I find the awkward shelf above the refrigerator is a great storage place. It’s too high to store anything that you use on a regular basis anyway. And yes, I store mine behind the healthy applesauce.