Helpful tip for using the vacuum jar sealer
A few other posts have mentioned the usefulness of the FoodSaver vacuum jar sealer attachment which lets you vacuum seal a lid onto a standard canning jar. I bought one recently and I wanted to pass along a helpful tip that another buyer posted on the Amazon comments. The trick is simply this: punch a tiny hole through the lid and then cover it with electrical tape. The lid will still seal tight but now when you want to open it you just peel the tape back to allow air back into the jar and then you can lift the lid right off with no danger of bending the edge of the lid! This allows you to use the same lids over and over until the seal finally gives out. I've tried it and it works great. I punch my holes using a hammer and a needle that I chopped short. This makes a very tiny hole.