About 3-1/2 years ago I purchased some half gallon canning jars. The only thing I really can in them is apple juice because that’s about the only thing that’s safe to can in them. But, using the FoodSaver, I vacuum seal other things in them. In August, 08, almost three years ago, there was a big sale on Shredded Wheat cereal. I actually like Shredded Wheat so I bought quite a few boxes and vacuum sealed it in the jars.
From time to time I’d get out a jar and we’d use it but when I realized I was down to one last jar, I decided to save it for a long time, then open it and see if it was still fresh. Friday night Chad was working and I was quilting and it got to be almost 10 p.m. and I still hadn’t stopped to eat dinner. I was starving so I figured it was a good time to grab that last jar of Shredded Wheat and taste it. Believe it or not, it tasted fresh as could be!
Once I get settled in Texas and catch cereals on sale, I’m going to do that again — lots of jars of cereal. Not only is it best to buy it on sale and use it instead of going out and buying a new box at the current price when needed, but if there ever comes a time when for whatever reason, we need to eat what’s on our shelves, even using powdered milk and water and some dried strawberries or bananas or blueberries . . this is definitely not a bad meal . . IF you like Shredded Wheat. While I haven’t tested other cereals, I can’t imagine that Cheerios, Chex, and other similar cereals wouldn’t hold up the same way the Shredded Wheat did.