The issue I have with using #10 cans of dehydrated foods is I don’t use the entire can in a couple months. Normally, I fill a 1-quart canning jar to cook out of that one and the remaining amount is re-packed in three canning jars with absorbers for later use.
Today, I had to open another #10 can but didn’t have any extra canning jars. So I decided to try vacuum bagging the remaining amount and put the bagged amount back into the #10 can. It worked out perfectly. Now when I need to re-fill the working jar I simply will cut off the top of the sealed bag, re-fill the working jar and re-vacuum-seal the same bag for next time I need a refill. Quick and easy! The width of the bag stock used is 8 inches wide.
I have not had a rodent problem in all the years of storing food so I’m hoping that the cans plastic lid will deter any rodents should they find a way into my storage area. We’ll see.
I had an anonymous commenter suggest that after opening and bagging the remaining contents, store the #10 can upside down on its’ plastic lid. If a rodent did chew on the lid they would hopefully be stopped when they got to the metal of the can.
Here’s the #10 can, the 1-quart canning jar, the vacuum sealer and the remaining contents of the can vacuum bagged with an oxygen absorber inside.
The remaining bagged contents of the can slipped inside the original can.
The bags top is folded over and fits nicely inside the original can.
The cans plastic lid on and the 1-quart canning jar I bake or cook from.
Summary; instead of using canning jars for storing the unused food, (currently about 30 are needed), I can now use the same #10 can to store the unused contents back into for storage. With this method, I will save a considerable amount of food storage shelf space by not using canning jars for storage and now be able to use that saved space for other food items. When it comes to prepping storage you can never have enough shelf space!