Preserve Crackers in your Emergency Survival Storage
A while back my wife and I noticed a good-sized metal container of “Crackers” in one of our discount grocery stores. With an idea in mind we purchased one to try out in anticipation of using it with our emergency food supplies. Unfortunately, after tasting the enclosed product my wife mentioned how it left a strange and undesirable after-taste in her mouth. I immediately followed through and tasted one myself to confirm the undesirable taste. She was absolutely correct in her assumptions. We ended up tossing the complete can of crackers in the trash. Since this proved to be not so desirable for our pallet we left this issue at that and stopped our quest at that time for crackers.
Having completely forgotten the episode with the ill tasting crackers, I was roaming around on the internet and chanced upon a company who was marketing small cans of crackers for a cost of $4.95 per can plus shipping. These were number 2.5 cans and were considerably small than the usual number ten cans. Naturally upon viewing this advertisement my mind quickly turned to thoughts of our emergency food storage and the possible use of mason jars to store the crackers in.
Crackers when stored in this manner could easily revert from their normal everyday use as an addition to enhancing the appeal of soups to a more adventurous and delicious task as a snack mix. By taking a can of your stored oyster crackers along with some vegetable oil, rehydrated Ranch Style Dressing, a touch of garlic powder, a small quantity of dried dill weed, and some black pepper we could transform these ingredients into a real treat for those emergency nights in your bug out retreat.
Since you are making the product yourself you know exactly how it is packed and what is in the can or in our case the jar. The procedure is simple and quick and will take little of your time. Now you can take advantage of cracker sales when they occur and store up for 10 plus years.
Merely take and carefully place the crackers in a pint or quart jar. You can store up on regular crackers, oyster crackers or the popular cheddar or white cheese varieties. After placing the crackers in your sterilized jar place one oxygen absorber and one desiccant pack in each container. Tighten the lid onto the jar and wait for the lid to seal. Label it and store in a dark, cool location. Nothing could be simpler.
Copyright @2011 Joseph Parish